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Devon Rex
Boogie Woogie cattery
Breeder: Liz Wynters, Boogie Woogie cattery, Florida, USA
 

Devon Rex come in all colours and patterns, which one can imagine, with white and without white, with silver or in golden, with tabby pattern and in Colourpoint.

  • white
  • black, blue
  • chocolate, lilac
  • red, cream
  • cinnamon, fawn
  • tortie, bluecream
  • chocolate tortie, lilac tortie
tortie Devon Rex
Cloudborn Ziz
Breeder: Kate Ekanger, Cloudborn cattery, Scottland, UK
 
  • All those colours can also have all tabby patterns, for example black spotted, red mackerel, bluecream blotched, and so on.
brown tabby Devon Rex
Cloudborn cattery
Breeder: Kate Ekanger, Cloudborn cattery, Scottland, UK
 
  • All those colours can appear with silver or with golden, for example blue smoke, black golden shaded, blue golden mackerel, red silver blotched, chocolate tortie silver potted, cream silver mackerel, and so on.
  • And all those colours can also be with white (bicolour, Van, etc.), for example black and white bicolour, red and white Van, tortie mackerel bicolour, cream smoke with white, black silver blotched bicolour, and so on.
Devon Rex tortie spotted & white
GIC. Dyonne Fatima Degli Elfi
Breeder: Cristiana Marangoni, Degli Elfi cattery, Triest, Italy
 
  • And - last but not least - all those colours can also appear with points (Colorpoint, Burmese-points, Tonkinese-points), with white or without white, as silver or golden pointed, tabby pointed, and so on.
 
There exist hundreds of colours and pattern combinations, and all those varieties can be admired on shows.

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Breed profile

The Devon Rex is a medium-sized shorthair cat. The slender body is carried on long and slender legs with dainty oval paws. The bone structure of the Devon Rex is medium-fine, when lifting up the cat it is surprisingly heavy. The cat is very muscular, and the muscles are firm to touch. The rib cage is full and deep, the front legs are bow-legged, thus the legs appear shorter than they are.
The head of the Devon Rex is short (a short wedge) with prominent and high set cheek bones.
The nose is short and shows a deep stop between the eyes. The muzzle is broad, short and rounded and shows a whisker break. The neck is slender.
The ears are very large, very broad and open at their base. They are set very low on the head, very characteristic is the ear-muff.
The eyes are large, not completely round. They can have any colour, there is no relation between coat colour and eye colour.
The short head with its prominent cheekbones, the huge ears and the short muzzle give the Devon that typical elfin look.

The coat is short, fine and soft. The coat does not have too much undercoat. The very specific feature of the Rex-coat are the waves. When the coat is smoothed with the hand, a rippled wave effect is apparent. Along the neck and on the under parts the coat is very thin. The coat can have any colour, any pattern, the colours may appear with white or without white, there are also existing Colourpoints which are called Si-Rex.
The tail is long and tapered. The wavy coat can also be seen on the tail and the legs.
The eye brows and the whiskers are very stiff and are crinkled. It is important that Devon Rex display whiskers.

 

History

The first Devon Rex was born in 1960 in Buckfastleigh, Devon. Miss Beryl Cox lived near an old abandoned tin mill, and took care of feral stray cats. One wild living male, a curly coated tomcat, mated one of her feral cats, a tortie and white female, which Mrs. Cox had sheltered. The female gave birth to a litter, where one brownish-black male had lots of curls, she named him Kirlee.
Ten years earlier, another curly kitten had been found in Cornwall, England. This kitten was named "Kallibunker". A group of interested breeders had started a breeding program with Kallibunker. The first litter, born after Kallibunker, resulted in all straight haired kittens. When breeding them back to Kallibunker, 50% of the kittens had a curly coat. The breeders advertised one of their curly kittens, named Du-Bu Lambtex (out of Du Bu cattery of Mrs. Alice Watts), as the only rexed cat in the Daily Mirror. When Mrs. Cox read the article the made contact with the breeders, informing them that she had another rexed cat, Kirlee. When Mrs. Watss and her daughter Susan visited Mr. Cox, they convinced her to sell Kirlee to Mr. Brian Stirling-Webb, a well known rex breeder, Kirlee was to be integrated into the Rex breeding program. Kirlee was mated with several Rex queens, but all litter had straight hairs. Thus it turned out that the genetic make up of Kallibunker and Kirlee must be different. The first was called Rex Gene I, the ancestors of the Cornish Rex, and the second after Kirlee was called Rex Gene II, the ancestor of today's Devon Rex. Mrs. P. Hughes had kept one of the straight-coated females, named Broughton Golden Rain, which was bred back to Kirlee. In the litter was a little curled bluecream female. Thus it was prooved that the Cornwall Rexes (after Kallibunker) were genetically different from the Devonshire Rexes (born after Kirlee). In 1962 Mrs. Alison Ashford (Annelida Cattery) brought the first Devon Rex, named Broughm from England to America.
In 1967 the Devon Rex was accepted for competition  by the GCCF. The first North American breeding program of Devon Rex was established in 1968 in Canada importing cats from Annelida cattery (Mrs. Alison Ashford's cattery). In 1972 ACFA was the first North American registry to recognize the Devon Rex as a separate breed. In CFA the Devon Rex was grouped amongst the Cornish Rex. It took a long time, until CFA recognized the Devon in 1979 as a separate breed.

 

Temperament

The Devon Rex is alert and active and shows great interest in its surrounding. The breed is inquisitive and very people oriented, they demand to cuddle on your laps purring loud, they like to sleep under the cover in your bed. They are always around you and will meet you at the door when you come home, wagging their tail. The Devon Rex is an outgoing breed always seeking your attention.

 

Grooming

Devon Rex usually need little grooming, because their coat does not shed. The skin of the Devon produces a natural oil which makes the hairs lay down and curl. Every Devon is different, thus if one produces too much oil or dirty hair, it will result in a coat that separates and looks dull, it would be wise to give it a bath with a baby shampoo of good quality or with a special shampoo for cats.
The cats may feel warmer and love a cozy and warm environment. One really likes to touch them, it is extremely pleasant to run your hand over the soft and curled coat.

 
 

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