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Devon Rex

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Devon Rex

The Devon Rex has a very unique appearance. Its large eyes, prominent cheekbones, short muzzle and low-set ears create an elf-like look. The Devon is covered with soft, wavy fur that has a distinctive texture. They have an all over curl or wave which you can feel when you pet them. The body is hard, muscular, slender and of medium in size. They stand like little bulldogs, as they have a wide, barrel-like chest. It has small, oval paws and a long, slender tail that tapers towards the end. A kinked or abnormal tail, extensive baldness or crossed eyes are causes for disqualification.

Temperament The Devon is a very people-oriented breed. They are active, playful and very involved in all aspects of their family?s lives. These power jumpers have been aptly described as ?Dennis the Menace.? You might find them perched on top of a door or climbing a brick fireplace. They love to sit on your shoulders, lap or anywhere they can be close to their people. They love to eat. Unattended snack food can grow legs and a tail in the blink of an eye. This breed chatters in little trills and chirps rather than meowing.
Weight Male 8-10 lbs. ; Female 5-7 lbs.
Health Problems Minor problems include Muscular Dystrophy and Hemophilia but breeders are working to breed these diseases out.
Living Conditions This breed enjoys being inside. They make great apartment cats and do not require time outside. Additional warmth may be needed during colder months. They enjoy snuggling up to their owners for added warmth.
Exercise The Devon is a very energetic and playful cat. They love to jump and perform acrobatic acts. They should not be left alone for extended periods of time as some have been known to exhibit destructive behaviors, such as shredding curtains, when left to their own devises.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming The Devon requires very little grooming. Wipe the coat down with a damp cloth about once a week to remove excess dirt and oils. Check the ears often. Devons do shed a little, but less than other breeds.
Origin The Devon Rex line is thought to have descended from a stray tomcat that, in 1960, appeared to have a curly coat. This tomcat mated with another stray which reared a litter that included one curly-haired kitten. This kitten was named Kirlee, which is known as the father of the Devon Rex breed. All Devons today should be able to trace their ancestry back to Kirlee. The Devon Rex was recognized in England as a separate breed from the Cornish Rex in 1967 and in 1979 in the United States.