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Devonshire Rex

DevonshireRex

Highly Intelligent and Eager to Please

Active, Curious, Playful

Devon Rexes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Devon Rexes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Devon Rex and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Hard, muscular, slender, medium-length Coat:Short to very short, great density

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Her short coat makes her sensitive to temperature. She should be kept indoors at all times. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Their short coats require little maintenance. Cloth or hand rubbing as needed with the occasional bath.

Dental: Devon Rexes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is intelligent, playful, and sociable; her quirky nature makes her a fun playmate.

Positive Traits:

  • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Requires minimal grooming

  • People-oriented and eager to please

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits:

  • Can become chilled in cold weather

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • Ears require frequent cleaning

  • Prone to separation anxiety

  • Can interfere with homework

Whether you are considering adding a new Devon Rex to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Devon Rex will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Devon Rex you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Devon Rex could encounter:

Heart Disease

Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulopathy

Blood Type

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Patellar Luxation

Hip Dysplasia

The first Devon Rex was found in Devonshire, England in the late 1950s and is known for its short, wavy coat. Their curly coat gene is different from the Cornish and Selkirk Rex, distinguishing them from other Rex breeds. Their low set ears, large eyes, short nose, and elfish, wedge shaped face have earned them the Pixie Cat nickname. Devons are intelligent, playful, and people-oriented; giving them qualities more associated with dogs than cats. They keep their kittenish nature well into adulthood, love climbing, warm places, and are known to play fetch. Their social nature requires a lot of attention and Devons may not fare well when left alone for long periods of time.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Devon Rex shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Abnormal bleeding or bruising

  • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

  • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

  • Progressive hair loss in kittens

  • Lack of response to noises

  • Care

    Routine Care: Her short coat makes her sensitive to temperature. She should be kept indoors at all times. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Their short coats require little maintenance. Cloth or hand rubbing as needed with the occasional bath.

    Dental: Devon Rexes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is intelligent, playful, and sociable; her quirky nature makes her a fun playmate.

    Positive Traits:

    • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Requires minimal grooming

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits:

    • Can become chilled in cold weather

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • Ears require frequent cleaning

    • Prone to separation anxiety

    • Can interfere with homework

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Devon Rex to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Devon Rex will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Devon Rex you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Devon Rex could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulopathy

    Blood Type

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Patellar Luxation

    Hip Dysplasia

  • History

    The first Devon Rex was found in Devonshire, England in the late 1950s and is known for its short, wavy coat. Their curly coat gene is different from the Cornish and Selkirk Rex, distinguishing them from other Rex breeds. Their low set ears, large eyes, short nose, and elfish, wedge shaped face have earned them the Pixie Cat nickname. Devons are intelligent, playful, and people-oriented; giving them qualities more associated with dogs than cats. They keep their kittenish nature well into adulthood, love climbing, warm places, and are known to play fetch. Their social nature requires a lot of attention and Devons may not fare well when left alone for long periods of time.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Devon Rex shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Abnormal bleeding or bruising

    • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

    • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

    • Progressive hair loss in kittens

    • Lack of response to noises

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