The Devon Rex shown in this URL is only a pet of us, it shows general
characteristics of Devon Rex but does not meet the standard of CFA very well. So,
you are suggested to visit the CFA
site for more about Devon Rex too.
Devon Rex is an energetic breed with gentle temperament. Their personality
is good for living together with people. They love to follow people and
always gain host's love. Somtimes they look like a dog. Their appearence
is quite ugly for someone, but their temperament and very soft curly hair
can really attract many cat lovers.
- The origin of Devon Rex
Devon Rex was first found in Devonshire of England in 1960. It is different
from Cornish Rex, which is another breed found in England and also has
curly hair. Actually they are not the same breed as their outlooks are
triggered by two distinct genes. So, you can find there are two similar
breed but with different names.
Devon Rex has been recognized by CFA since 1981. From that time, Devon
Rex quickly becomes a popular cat breeds in England and US. However,
the breeding of Devon Rex was going out of control as the blood lines
are too close with the limited breeding stocks. Fortunately, it was
notified by cat breeders and CFA has started to allow cross breeding the
Devon Rex with British or American Shorthair recently, in order to enlarge
the gene pool of Devon Rex.
Generally speaking, Devon Rex is a type of small cat and weighted around
7 to 9 pounds, but our Devon Rex is 14pds. We think it may because of
the out cross breeding and believe it may be needed to be taken care in the
future if it is really true and occasionally happens, in order to meet
the standard strictly.
The body of Devon Rex is slim. The limbs are muscular
and strong and much more bony that Cornish Rex. Their heads are developed
well with a mid length slim neck. All the body and even the thin tail
is covered with short and curly hair.
It is very interesting that they are actually very sturdy when hold
on arms, though they look like very slim. They really have strong bones
and good muscles, therefore they can move very quick.
Head is very important in rating
a good Devon Rex. Their head shape should seem to be a inverted triangle.
The ears should be large enough to attract you and set as low as possible.
The mouth is protruded and there should be a stop at the nose. The forehead
is flat and wide and parallel to the lower jaw which is not very visible.
Their large ears are almost their symbols. These ears shell outside
is covered with very short hair and inside is lacking hair. This exaggerated
pair of ears give them a alias called Pixie.
A obvious stop can be seen at the nose
Their eyes are quite round and large and a little slope
at the ends. Different coat colors will have different eye colors. They
seldom have eye problems and much more easy to clean that Persian or
The limbs are slim too and have good jumping ability. The
paw are medium in thickness and toes are oval in shape. They walk very
quickly and just like the cats in the jungle. You may be surprised about
it. Though Devon Rex is a mutated cat breed but heredity diseases are
Rex is the description of their hair, it is the
type of fur which was firstly found in a rabbit. Devon's hair is short
and much more curled than Cornish Rex. You can feel it very soft by
touching it. The hair is arranged as wave like.
The coat colors are versatile and have no limitation to meet
the standard. The most important is no baldness on everywhere.
Love to be with people and need the love of host very much.
They like to sit around and even on the lap top of people.
They are also talkative and the voice is soft and gentle. Their passion
to human sometimes may cause trouble as they will be easily unhappy
when people show insufficient care to them.
Ricky is a Devon Rex we have adopted since September, 2000 from a friend
who we must thank her, Clara. He is a very nice cat and love to be with
people. Though he is nearly 5 years old, he still can adapt to our new
home very soon. Now he is living very happily and healthy.
Ricky is very special with its voice, which is "Wo~~Wa...Wo~~Wa..."
rather than "Meow!". It may due to his past experience that
living with dogs. Sometimes he really looks like a dog with its passion
to man. So funny!!