The first Devon was discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK, in 1959. The breed was initially thought to be linked with the Cornish Rex; however, test mating proved otherwise.
Devon Rex cats may be of any color or pattern. Nose leather and paw pad color should complement the coat color.
Devon Rex cats are small to medium-sized with a fine frame. They are muscular and lively, with broad chests.
The typical Devon is active, mischievous, playful, and very people-oriented. They have been described as a cross between a cat, a dog and a monkey (or, more famously, as “a monkey in a cat suit”). They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them. With this trait, they are often found in odd nooks and crannies of a closet, shelf, or laundry basket. Devons prefer to be in high places and will go to great lengths to get to the highest spot in a room. They are relatively easy to take care of. Most Devons also have one central person to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie and rub.
They are a very intelligent breed; the typical Devon Rex can be trained to walk on a leash, fetch or perform all manner of tricks usually associated with canines, like jump, heel and tag to name a few.
Another common trait is their show of affection: they have a particular penchant for being close to the head or neck of their human companions and can often be found mounted upon one’s shoulder or nestled into the cranny created by the neck and shoulder when one is prone. The Devon Rex is a faithful companion and will usually follow the object of their affection from room to room, waiting for the opportunity to leap onto their arms, lap, or shoulder.
As low-maintenance cats go, the Devon Rex is a champion! These kitties have barely any hair to brush, although they might enjoy a warm bath if poor distribution of body oils causes a greasy feel.
Keep your cat’s ears clean and consider teaching them how to have their teeth brushed. You might also want to keep your kitty’s claws clipped – particularly as Devons have a reputation for jumping and climbing!