Devon Rex Advantage and Challenges
Devon Rex Cat Physical Characteristics
Devon Rex Personality
Although everything about its look is distinctive, this Devon Rex is best known for its soft, curly coat and elfin, pixie-ish face. The Devon Rex has much wider ears, smaller face and shorter nose than its Cornish counterpart, as well as a curly (as opposed to wavy) coat.
Devon Rex History and General Information
History and Origin
The furry founder of the Devon breed was discovered by a Miss Cox of Devonshire, England, who noticed an odd looking, curly-coated kitten in 1960 near an abandoned tin mine. Delighted with the kitten's elfin features and wavy curls, she named him Kirlee. At first she assumed Kirlee must be a member of the Cornish Rex breed - 'Rex' is the term used to indicate a curly or wavy mutation in the coat - but breeders soon concluded that the two breeds were genetically unrelated even though the coat mutations appeared to be similar. The Devon Rex was accepted as a distinct breed shortly after, with the first Devon imported to the United Statesin 1968.
The Devon Rex is a low maintenance, wash-and-wear kitty. Its oversized ears occasionally need a cleaning, but otherwise a wipedown with a damp cloth and a nail-trim is all the grooming most Devons require.
Devon Rex Health
Hybrid breeding programs have helped to eliminate health problems which once plagued this breed. The Devon Rex is now regarded as a generally sound and healthy cat, free from the kidney disease and heart defects which trouble so many purebred cats. However, dental problems are typical for the Devon Rex – a balanced diet and good dental hygiene are a must, to avoid potentially serious bacterial issues.
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