The Devon Rex Cat

The Devon Rex cat has a great personality and sheds little hair in comparison to most other cat breeds.



This page tells you lots of information about the breed. But before we get into details, here's a quick overview:

devon rex ca

Personality:
Love people, energetic, playful, very clever

Suits:
Lively families with children, families and singles with other pets

Other:
Need lots of attention, need to play and be active, best kept indoors


Breed Information

1) What are they like as pets?

These cats are very clever and very playful. They need lots of affection and attention, and are very affectionate in return. They love being around people and are good with other pets.

They have very short, curly hair which requires little grooming. Their hair also sheds much less than most other breeds, so if you want a low maintenance cat from the hoovering and grooming points of view, this breed may be a good one for you.

Devon Rex cats do shed some hair - unfortunately there is no such thing as truly hypoallergenic or non shedding cat breeds. But because they shed very little hair, some people who are allergic to other breeds find they are OK with the Devon Rex.

They are best kept indoors because of their trusting nature, and because their thin coat doesn't offer much protection from heat or cold.


2) Looks, build, colors and markings

These cats have long, thin legs, a long tail and very soft, curly fur. They are quite petite looking, but are muscular and agile. They have big eyes, a thin face and fairly pointed features, though their features are a bit softer than those of the Cornish Rex cat.

They come in many different solid and mixed colors.


3) History

The breed came about when an accidental mating between a feral, curly haired male and a straight haired female produced a curly haired kitten (which was named Kirlee - aww!)

Geneticists decided that the "curly hair gene" in this cat was different to the gene in the Cornish Rex cat. The new breed was named the Devon Rex, because it originated in Devon, England.



Go from Devon Rex cat page to different cat breeds page

Go to Cat Behavior Explained home page