Devon Rex Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Devon Rex Cat

The Devon Rex Cat is an ideal cat for a family. Although physically atypical with its large ears, the Devon Rex Cat possesses a benevolent and gentle character towards humans and other animals that may surround them.

It’s very intelligent, sociable and above all wants to be cuddled by Its owner and Its family. It can thus spend hours on the shoulder of Its owner or in his arms. It has trouble keeping a place and likes to play with children, bouncing all over the place.

Its very short fur and the relative length of its reformation make it one of the least allergenic cats.

History of the breed

As the name suggests, the Devon Rex Cat is originally from Devonshire, England. It is the result of a genetic transformation on the part of Beryl Cox. Cox decided to cross a domestic cat with a cat with curly hair. Kirlee was born, and with It the Cornish Rex appeared through a breeding program.

This breeding program, with several cats, gave birth to many kittens. All had a stiff coat, not curly. The annoyance in question was that of the Devon Rex.

However, the Devon Rex breed was not recognized until 1979.

Physical features

  • Its body : The Devon Rex is of medium height, quite muscular. It has rather long legs and a rather large body compared to the head.
  • Its coat: The Devon Rex has only fine and particularly soft guard hairs. The fur is wavy and curly and the hair is denser in the upper parts, while the belly and chest have finer hair.
  • Its color: The Devon Rex has no particular color. All are admitted and all the nuances with.
  • Its head: His head is quite small, disproportionate to the rest of the body.
  • Its eyes: They are big and very open. The color of the eyes is often linked to the dress. They can be amber, blue-green, blue, copper, green, gold, hazelnut, orange, yellow or odd.
  • Its ears: This is the particularity of the Devon Rex: large ears, very broad at the base and slightly rounded at its highest end. Little hair and often bare temples.
  • Its tail: Like the rest of the body, a very fine fur at the level of a fairly long tail.

Behavior With Others

The Devon Rex Cat needs constant attention. It’s constantly on the lookout for hugs, caresses from Its owner, and its adoptive family. The Devon Rex is an atypical cat but so endearing. It can’t stand loneliness. It shows a poignant gentleness.

It is a very intelligent, lively, happy cat breed. Thus, It adapts very well to the presence of children. Also considered as a small monkey, the Devon Rex likes to climb, jump. It’s full of energy. An indoor cat tree is often recommended.

Living Conditions

The Devon Rex can live very well in the countryside or in the city. Due to its constant energy, a garden corner would be a luxury. In an apartment, you have to provide It with accessories such as a cat tree.

Health & Maintenance

Because of a very fine and rather short coat, the Devon Rex is particularly sensitive to outside temperatures, and to cold in particular. It’s therefore not advisable to leave it outside in the winter. Besides, It’s also susceptible to skin infections. It should be monitored at all times, especially after playing outdoors.

The Devon Rex is also prone to ear infections. At the genetic level, It can develop myopathy. It’s important to vaccinate it against all classic diseases in cats: rabies, typhus, leukosis and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes

The life expectancy of a Devon Rex is between 15 and 20 years .

Unlike other cats, you should never brush the Devon Rex. Instead, it’s a question of rubbing with a soft glove or a cloth, once or twice a month. The very fine hair of the Devon Rex allows it to clean itself daily without any worry.

Beyond the monthly or even bi-monthly rubbing, the Devon Rex requires special attention at the level of Its eyes. This cat tends to secrete more than the average. In addition, it’s advisable to regularly clean the ears, which are prone to infections because they have no protective hair.

Is Devon Rex Right For You?

Space required

  • The Devon Rex is an active and athletic cat, who has a tendency to pounce and climb everywhere. So make sure that there aren’t too many valuable and easily breakable items around the house.
  • So that the Devon Rex does not climb on furniture or in curtains, it is strongly advised to provide it with a high perch or a cat tree.
  • While not necessarily fragile, the Devon Rex’s very thin coat makes it vulnerable to the cold and to outdoor life in general. The ideal is to keep it indoors at all times.

Ideal master

  • The Devon Rex is very attached to Its master, It’s even dependent on It. In order to be happy, It fundamentally needs a dedicated and present teacher.
  • Its owner must give it enough affection and must take the time to play with it.
  • It is essential that his owner must love to cuddle … and be cuddled!
  • The Devon Rex will be very happy in a family with children and other animals, as these will allow It to satisfy Its need to play.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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