About the Breed

What makes Devon Rex so special

The Devon is often described as having an elfin appearance, with their large ears, high cheekbones and striking eyes. Their outstanding characteristic, however, is their soft, wavy fur. Their curvy body starts with their head, a modified wedge shape with convex curves forming the outer edge of the ear lobes, the cheekbones and the whisker pads. The Devon has large, wide-set, oval-shaped eyes and strikingly large ears set low on the head. Sometimes the tips of the ears are tufted with fine fur.

A “rexed” coat is soft and fine, appearing to be without the harsh guard hairs that characterize most cat coats. The cat’s body is well covered with fur, most thickly on the back, sides, tail, legs, face and ears. Some Devon’s have loose, shaggy curls, while others have a coat that is thinner and suede like. The hair on the top of the head, neck, chest and abdomen is slightly less dense and may even look downy, but the cat should never have bare patches. A Devon’s medium-size body is deceptively slender, unless the cat has been sneaking too many snacks.

Smooth the coat with your hand and rippled waves appear. It comes in any genetically possible color, pattern or combination of colors and patterns, including solid white, black, blue, chocolate, cinnamon, lavender and red; smoke patterns, which are a white undercoat deeply tipped with a specific color; and various calico, tabby, tortoiseshell and pointed patterns. Their body should feel hard and muscular. The legs are long and slim, supported by small, oval paws. A long, fine tail covered with short fur tapers at the end. Devon’s life span is 9-15 years.

Personality

The Devon Rex’s favorite place is right at head level, on the shoulder of their favorite person. They take a lively interest in everything that is going on and refuse to be left out of any fun activity. They are very smart cats with a moderate activity level. The active and social Devon Rex is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. They will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. To ensure safety and friendliness, introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances.

At mealtime, the Devon Rex will try to seat themselves at the dining room table with the rest of the family, just to make sure that the food you have prepared is just for them. They like to eat; and will gain a few extra pounds if their diet is not carefully monitored.  They love heat, so they will cuddle up to anything warm and soft and fall asleep but, under the covers is their preferred place to sleep. Choose a Devon Rex if you will enjoy the company of a mischievous, agile cat and won’t be alarmed to see him peering down at you from the top of a door, plotting the trajectory to your shoulder.

Care tips

It’s a good idea to keep a Devon Rex as an indoor cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers such as being hit by a car. Devon Rex who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such an unusual cat without paying for it. If possible, build your Devon Rex a large outdoor enclosure where he can jump and climb safely. If your Devon Rex has an outdoor enclosure that allows for sunbathing, be sure to apply cat-safe sunscreen to his body to prevent sunburn.

Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.

Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Devon Rex are very particular about bathroom hygiene.

The Devon’s wavy coat is easy to maintain. Groom gently so you don’t break the delicate hairs. In many cases, brushing your hand over the coat is all it needs. The best thing about a Devon Rex coat is that it doesn’t shed much, and the fur is so fine that it isn’t very noticeable on clothing and furniture.

Baths are rarely necessary unless the cat is white or has a lot of white on the coat. Those cats can start to look dingy if they are not regularly bathed. The coat dries quickly after a bath.

The Devon Rex feels warm to the touch, but they are always seeking warmth. If you are cold, they probably are too. Buy him/her a nice sweater or two to help him/her retain heat.