Cat Breeds 101: Devon Rex!

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Originating from the United Kingdom, the Devon Rex is a breed of domesticated cat that is often (unsurprisingly) associated with the Cornish Rex. The Devon Rex is a short-haired cat famous for an impressive level of intelligence – which enables them to learn difficult tricks easily!

The Devon Rex breed is known for its unique appearance. They have a large pair of eyes, prominent cheekbones, huge ears, short muzzle, and curly whiskers. They may appear fragile, but the breed is actually sturdy and muscular. In addition to their slender body, the breed is also noted for its and wavy coat.

Due to their soft and very short-haired coat, the Devon Rex has often been mistaken to be a hypo-allergenic breed of felines. In fact, they are not and potential owners of the Devon Rex should take this into account. [1] Also, they have shorter whiskers compared to other breeds. Sometimes, their whiskers curl up and appear as though they do not have whiskers at all. The breed is also noted for its light build although their legs are long and sturdy, which they find useful for leaping long distances. Notably, the breed also has unusually large toes.

The Devon Rex is generally considered to be people-oriented. More often than not, they are active, mischievous, and playful. They are known to be high jumpers and a type of cat that enjoys playtime at any age. These cats are also known to be enthusiastic eaters and owners are advised to ration their food to avoid health risks. [2]

The Devon Rex is an affectionate breed. They have a habit of staying close to one person by clinging onto their necks and heads. They also have a tendency to mount themselves upon one’s shoulder. It is usual for them to choose one person in the household who they are more devoted to than others. As a faithful companion, this breed may follow their owners wherever they go, and grab every opportunity to leap onto their laps or arms.

The Devon Rex has an average lifespan of 10 – 15 years, but may live longer when kept indoors.


[2] J. Anne Helgren, Rex Cats (Barron’s Educational Series, 2001)

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