Devon Rex

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Portrait of the goblin cat

With an almost alien appearance, the Devon Rex may not be everyone’s prettiest feline, but it does have a charm of its own. All information about the origin, the nature and the attitude of the cuddly cat breed can be found here in the profile.

History and Origin of the Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is a young cat breed that originated in the  English county of Devonshire. A cat from the breeder Beryl Cox mated with a curly stray tomcat and the tomcat “Kirlee”, who was also curly, was born. At first, Cox thought this was the same lineage as the previously discovered Cornish Rex. However, the tomcat could not sire any curly offspring with a Cornish Rex. In addition, his appearance differed significantly from the previous curly cats. His head was a lot broader, his cheeks prominent, and he had almost bat-like ears. Kirlee was successful with Burmese cats and mated, with which the Devon Rex was founded. Breeders were soon exporting the breed abroad and in 1967 the British Governing Council Cat Federation (GCCF) recognized it.

essence and character

The Devon Rex is a sociable and affectionate cat that is very attached to its people. She doesn’t like being alone and wants to be part of her owner’s life. This can go so far that they follow their two-legged friend at every turn through the apartment. However, you should not expect a good-natured and calm lap cat. As a rule, the cats are calm, but can use their strong will with a fiery temperamentpush through. The intelligent cats are extremely curious and explore the entire apartment. They also don’t stop at jumping on the table and nibbling on your food. The cats also meet strangers with courage and affection. One successful breeder of the breed described his charges as a cross between a cat, a dog and a monkey, which pretty much sums up the Devon personality.

Appearance of the Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is a slender and elegant cat with muscular and long legs. The tail is noticeably thin and the overall appearance rather goblin-like. The short, broad head with huge ears and prominent cheeks is particularly unique. The oval eyes are medium-sized and slanted. What is special about the breed is the curly or wavy coat. The hair is short and fine, with the coat consisting almost entirely of undercoat and lying close to the body. In some representatives of the breed, the whiskers are also curled or shortened.

attitude and care

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

The Devon Rex is a good house cat because they prefer to be warm and cozy. She prefers to be near her bipeds anyway. When she explores the house, she likes to leave a bit of a mess. She likes a cozy place to lie down on the heater or on the sunny window sill. She is not suitable for going outdoors, especially in winter, as her thin hair cannot keep out the cold. Nevertheless, she needs enough space in the apartment to let off steam. A secured balcony or terrace would be ideal. Some members of the breed can also be used to walking on a leash.

How much exercise does the Devon Rex need?

Because it is a very intelligent breed , the Devon Rex is always looking for new challenges and activities. A large, sturdy scratching post and other cat toys are just what the active cat needs. She loves to play and is extremely teachable. You can teach her little tricks and tricks with ease. The communicative cat not only likes to deal with its owner, but also seeks contact with conspecifics. Keeping multiple cats is almost a requirement for getting a Devon Rex.

grooming and feeding

The Devon Rex is a low-maintenance cat that does not require any special grooming. Although some guides recommend bathing your cat, it’s healthier to just brush your cat. It is best to comb the fine hair every now and then with a soft brush. In this way you can gently remove dirt and at the same time strengthen the bond with your four-legged friend. In terms of feeding, similar to the hairless  the cats require a higher amount of energy. Because of this, she needs a little more food than other cats.

Acquisition of a Devon Rex

Before you buy a Devon Rex cat, you should get detailed information and get to know all the peculiarities of the breed. Since the breed is not so widespread in Germany, there is no unified breeding association. So you have to contact small, private breeders or hobby breeders. When buying, make sure that the kittens do not have any bald spots on their fur and generally make a fit impression. You can get a purebred and healthy kitten from a reputable breeder from €700.

Interesting and worth knowing

Is the Devon Rex a torture breed?

According to the German Animal Welfare Act , breeding the breed is classified as torture breeding. Since the cats suffer from a genetic keratin deficiency , their hair tends to break off and sometimes even bald spots appear. In addition, the animals’ whiskers are curled or receded, which restricts their natural behavior. The breeding of animals that tolerate or promote possible suffering, damage or disturbances in the offspring is not permitted in Germany.

Already knew?

  • The appearance of the breed is due to a mutation in the krt7 gene. The same mutation also gives rise to the completely hairless .
  • Some kittens are born with bald spots on their skin because of the genetic defect, which breeders do not want.
  • A Rex cat is said to have served as the inspiration for the mean little goblins in the 1984 film Gremlins.

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