|About The Breed
The Devon Rex is noted for its soft, short, naturally curly coat. Its large eyes and ears give it a pixie-ish appearance.
The Devon Rex originated near a tin mine in Devon, and is distinct from the Cornish Rex, though the coat mutation appears similar. This first cat, Kirlee, was discovered in 1960, ten years after the discovery of the Cornish Rex gene in Cornwall. Although it was assumed at first that the genes were the same, this was not true. All Devon Rex today can trace their ancestry to Kirlee.
They are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.
The Devon Rex is a potential choice for a minority of people who are allergic to cats. While no naturally bred cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Devon Rex (and Cornish Rex) do not aggravate allergies in some people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.
They have been referred to as the "Pixies of the cat world," a cross between a cat, a dog, a monkey and Dennis the Menace. Delightfully silly in both antics and appearance, they capture the heart and the imagination. What are these curly-coated living works of art? Let me introduce you to the captivating, the mischievous, the loving Devon Rex.
The first thing that catches one's eye is that magical face. The Devon Rex is a breed that is unique in appearance - large eyes, a short muzzle, prominent cheekbones, and those ears! The ears are gigantic and ultra wide-set at the base, extend beyond the side of the head, have large bells on the back, and evoke a feeling in onlookers of being in the presence of an extraterrestrial. Just looking at them brings a smile across one's face. Advocates of the Devon Rex have been known to say that "in order to completely appreciate the appearance of the Devon Rex, you must first put aside all of your preconceived ideas of what a cat should look like." Three pairs of convex curves formed by the Devon's huge ears, prominent cheeks, and round whisker pads frame the cat's softly triangular head. These "poodles that purr" sport a medium-fine frame that is covered by a distinctive soft, wavy coat that comes in a rainbow of colors including the pointed colors. Devons are currently accepted in all colors and patterns. With such a recent history of lusty farm cats so close behind this breed, it would be folly to have restrictions on their colors and patterns. Although great attention is paid to the coat and curl, no limitations are placed on pigmentation. A kitten whose color is point restricted, as in the Siamese, sometimes appears and surprises Devon breeders. That rascal "Kirlee," father to all Devons, is thought to have carried the gene for it.
These little pixies are alert and inquisitive, showing interest in all that is around them. By the same token, these active cats are also very much people cats and are strongly devoted to their owners, claiming a lap and a good snuggling whenever the opportunity arises. They purr incessantly, chortle and coo when intrigued by the birds outside the window, and wag their tails when they are happy. Devons are an outgoing breed, and will run to meet you at the door at the end of a long day to tell you in no uncertain terms how much you were missed. They love sleeping under the covers with you, and many will also brave the waters of a shower just to be near their person. They are driven to be with people from the moment they first toddle out of the kitten box at around three weeks of age. The mission is to find a soft hand and a warm lap. They are hearty eaters, although most would prefer to steal or beg tidbits from the table. This is probably an attention-getting ploy. But attention is the key to living with a Devon. They are intense, personable cats. They are clowns...They are lovers...And they want to be involved with their people. The popularity of the house cat as the favored domestic pet has soared over the past several years. With that growth, the growth in popularity of the Devon Rex has been phenomenal. They have a gentle voice, have a need to be with people, shed almost unnoticeably, have wonderful puppy-dog-like personalities, don't require much space, and seem to be well tolerated by many allergy sufferers. "Elfin Magic" has worked its spell on untold numbers.