A relative newcomer to the world of cats, first appearing only in 1960, the Devon Rex has been created by the controlled breeding of a mutation caused by recessive genes. First discovered near Buckfastleigh in Devonshire, England, the original Devon Rex was the result of a tortie and white queen mother and a curly haired male of indeterminate breed and impeccable escape tactics. Therefore, alternate breeding created two mutations and the difference between the Devon and the Cornish Rex.
|Male cat of Devon Rex breed. |
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The Devon Rex maintains its short-haired look through careful breeding with American and British short-hair breeds to strengthen the gene pool and stabilize their uniqueness. The true Devon, besides having the loose waves and curls of fur like the line's progenitor, also exhibit very large low-slung ears and big, bright eyes. The short, upturned nose completes the inquisitive "pixie" look and expression of the Devon Rex.
The Devon is very friendly, always seeking the touch and close companionship of their human. This could also be because the short hair is not very efficient. insulation. They are very active and extremely curious. Their agility and jumping prowess makes just about anywhere in a home accessible to them. Because of their active nature, it is highly recommended that these predominately indoor cats do not be declawed but provided with an acceptable scratching post and training to use it rather than the furniture.
The Devon does not require much grooming. A quick damp-cloth wash-down or shampooing and towel dry will keep them clean and looking good. Some extra care needs to be given to their huge ears. There is no standard coloration for a Devon Rex as they come in a multitude of colors from black to white and some even have the pointed coloration of Siamese and Persian cats.
While a well cared for Devon Rex is robust and usually healthy, there are still a few genetic problems the breed is susceptible to. Such conditions as spasticity, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and cardiomyopathy can affect these loving new members of the cat world.