England ~ Purposely Developed in the 1960’s
The Devon Rex is known as a very high energy and playful cat. Did you know that they are extremely intelligent which leads them to becoming creative trouble makers? They love to go on long leaps through your house checking out everything they find with you right by their side. They have a history of being fantastic with children.
The Devon Rex got it’s name because it was first bred & recognized in the Devonshire region of England in the 1960’s. A domestic short-haired mated with a stray tom cat that had a peculiar curl to his coat. The resulting litter produced one curly-coated kitten. This kitten was bred to a female Cornish Rex cat in an effort to produce kittens sharing the same coat qualities of the Cornish Rex breed. It took several more breedings to get the ‘curly’ coat and low-set ears.
In 1968, the first Devon Rex cat was imported to the United States and by 1979 the breed received official recognition from the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Did You Know?
- Steven Spielberg was inspired to create ‘out of this world’ movie characters like E.T. based on his own personal pet, a Devon Rex cat.
- The Gremlins from Yoda Star Wars are similar to Devon Rex cats
- Devon Rex’s makes fantastic therapy cats
Did you know cat hair isn’t the cause of reactions by people sensitized to cat allergens? The primary cause is an allergen produced in cats’ saliva. These allergens are spread to cats’ hair through grooming, which are then shed into the environment.
Appearance & Coat
Devon Rex’s are on the smaller scale of cat sizes sized with a cute mischievous face with large eyes. They are known for their oversized ears. They come in various colors and patterns.
LENGTH: 18 inches long
WEIGHT: 6 to 9 pounds
COAT: Short and wavy coat
COAT COLOR: Wide range of colors including solid, tabby, and shaded varieties
EYE COLOR: Varies widely from amber, aqua, blue, copper, green, gold, hazel, and can even be born with 2 different eye colors known as an ‘odd-eye’.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-15 years
Believe it or not their body has muscles and their skin is like silk and their coat is known to become curly before they shed.