The Devon Rex is a highly intelligent, unique-looking cat breed, known for its wavy coat and large ears. They have large eyes, prominent cheekbones and a short muzzle.
Their silky, wavy coat comes in a number of colour variations, including colourpoint, solid, shaded, tortoiseshell, calico, bi-colour, harlequin, smoke and tabby, though all colours are accepted. Their eyes come in all colours and variations as well.
The Devon Rex is a relatively small cat, with males weighing in at 3 – 4 kg while females weigh between 2 and 3 kg. Their lifespan is 9 – 13 years.
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The Devon Rex is an incredibly intelligent breed of cat, and is known for being playful and active – some have even referred to it as “a monkey in a cat suit”. They love to jump, so it might be a good idea to hide any breakables somewhere the cat can’t get to.
Unlike many cat breeds, the Devon Rex is highly trainable and can be taught how to walk on a leash, play fetch, and learn tricks such as sit and jump – much like a dog.
The Devon Rex is also known for being very affectionate – they love to be around their owners and can even be seen on the shoulders of their loved ones. They are attentive and sociable and are happy to follow their family around the house as they go about their day.
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The Devon Rex first appeared in Devon in 1960, and was the result of a curly-coated stray tomcat mating with a straight-coated calico cat (though it is probable this cat carried the curly coat gene). Of the resulting litter, one kitten shared the same curly coat as its father. This kitten, named Kirlee, is credited with the establishment of the breed, and all modern Devon Rex cats should be traceable back to Kirlee.
It first made its way to the US in 1968 and was officially recognised by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1979. As of 2013, the Devon Rex is the 10th most popular breed in the US.
The Cat Fanciers Association Inc. http://www.cfainc.org/