In the 1950s in England, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of kittens with a curly coat. Through crossbreeding and
inbreeding, this interesting trait was maintained, resulting in today's Devon Rex. It was once thought that the same
mutation caused this and the Cornish Rex mutation (the fine, curly coat), but genetic testing has shown that this is not
the case, making the Devon Rex a separate and distinct breed of cat. Due to crossbreeding, Devon Rexes come a wide variety
of colors including black, white, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, and caramel. They can also have various markings and
patterns such as smoke, tabby, tortie, bi-color, tri-color and pointed. The Devon Rex coat can also come in a variety of
coverings. Some Devon Rexes are completed covered in the soft fur and others only have the occasional tuft. Some coats are
curlier than others but all are soft and thin. Though Devon Rexes do not shed nearly as much as other breeds that are more
densely coated, they do have some hair on them and will, therefore, shed. This makes them more suitable for those with
allergies, but they are not a hypoallergenic cat.
Devon Rexes, on average, will weigh about six to nine pounds and are
muscular. They will live about thirteen years. This outgoing cat is a performer. Devon Rexes like being the center of
attention and will engage in many antics including jumping to high places, riding on the shoulders of their human
companions and stealing food. Despite their antics, Devon Rexes are good family pets and adaptable to most situations.
Though active, they do well in apartment settings. Due to the delicate nature of their hair, a Devon Rex should be kept
indoors. The sparse coat is insufficient to protect it from sunburn or cold. Grooming is done infrequently but when done,
must be done carefully as the hair will break easily. Although very healthy, Devon Rexes can inherit genetic problems,
such as cardiomyopathy, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, and spasticity.
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