Devon Rex

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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Personality and Temperament

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.

Common Devon Rex Diseases & Conditions

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

  • Congenital hypotrichosis. This rare condition causes the cat to be born hairless and with an immune deficiency that leads to increased susceptibility to infection and can lead to death.
  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This inherited disease is difficult to diagnose and often the first symptom is sudden death. It is caused by the thickening of the heart’s walls. It mostly affects older male cats, but can occur in younger cats too. Some cases may not be lethal and can be treated with medication if diagnosed via an echocardiogram. Signs of this disease include anorexia, lethargy, difficulty breathing, coughing, fainting and paralysis of the legs; however some cats may show no symptoms.
  • Hip dysplasia is a heritable condition in which the thighbone does not fit correctly with the hip joint. It can cause pain, lameness and eventually arthritis; however some cats do not show any symptoms. Treatment is available in the form of weight loss, medication, diet, and surgery in serious cases.
  • Malassezia dermatitis. This is caused by single-celled yeast which can lead to ear infections and greasy or itchy skin. The condition is treatable with anti-fungal medication.
  • Urticariapigmentosa. This is a skin condition characterised by crusty sores on the body. It is treatable with prednisolone and fatty acids.
  • Devon Rex myopathy. A heritable condition which begins to show between the ages of 3 weeks and 6 months, it causesmuscle weakness and lethargy. There is no treatment, and the severity of the condition can vary.

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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.

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Devon Rex Facts!

  • The Devon Rex is quite a low-maintenance cat breed as they don’t require frequent brushing or baths.
  • The Devon Rex is not only capable of recognising its own name but that of its owner, too.

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