devon rex

Oriental type-cat with triangular head, prominent cheekbones and huge ears; curly, wavy, Rex-type fur. Descended from a curly-coated feral which fathered a similar kitten named Kirlee.

CFA Pedigreed Breed


Here is a little history and a description of what having a Devon Rex is like.

If you are looking for something different in the way of a cat get Devon Rex.

If things unusual and a little strange are your cup of tea this cat is for you.

What is a Devon Rex?

Well, it has an elfin like face, large ears, looks like an alien E.T. visitor, has curly fur or no fur at all and large eyes. It is a fairly new breed of cat that was discovered around 1960 in an old tin mine in Devon, England.

As the story goes around late 1959/early 1960 in an old deserted tin mine in Devon, England there roamed a curly coated tom that sired a litter of kittens to a straight coated female. One of the kittens had a curly coat and that was the beginning of the breed.

It seemed that this kitten grew up to be a roaming rascal, too. He also sired a litter of kittens to an unsuspecting straight-coated female. This litter of kittens was found in the garden of a Miss Beryl Cox, who lived near the mine. This litter also produced a curly coated male that she named Kirlee.

In an effort to make a very long story short, Miss Cox offered Kirlee to Brian Sterling-Webb, a cat fancier, who had been trying to start a new breed with two curly coated cats he had.

He called the breed the Cornish Rex (the Rex part came from some rabbits that had curly coats.) Kirlee was used for some breedings, but the mating only produced straight-haired cats.

Kirlee eventually was neutered and sent off to live a soft life in the country.

It was decided by the breeders, that the Cornish genetics and the Devon genetics were not compatible.

The end result was the Devon gene pool was mixed with other breeds (British and American Shorthairs,) since there were very few Devons around. The Devon Rex has a coat that varies, it can be wavy, shaggy and curly, suede-like or even no hair at all. Devons have a short nose, while the Cornish Rex has a plush wavy coat and what is considered a Roman nose. There is one other difference between the two breeds the Cornish Rex has a fold or a tuck up to its abdomen and the Devon Rex does not.

The first Devons arrived in this country around 1968 and were accepted four years later by the American Cat Fanciers Association.

That is the short version of the story. Now let’s get on to learning about the Devon Rex.

The Devon Rex may not be the prettiest cat on the block, but it certainly is the friendliest. If you are looking for a cat that will be your companion, this is it.

The Devon Rex is friendly, nosey, talkative, sociable and a tail wagger. This cat will ride on your shoulder, snuggle in your arms and join you inside your shirt.

Devons are face to face cats, they want to know what you are doing and why.

Then the next minute they are acting very independent.

They have been described as a cross between a cat, dog and a monkey. Devons are very agile and can climb up on anything, as they are powerful jumpers.

They love food, especially your food and will beg and steal with a blink of an eye. You need to watch your plate or be prepared to share it with them.

Care wise they are low maintenance. Devons have been said to be hypo-allergenic, but they really are not. It really depends on the depth of your allergies.

They enjoy bathing and will take a shower with you.

They do shed, even though some have little hair. Some kittens lose their hair then get it back, some don’t, but who cares when you have a cat that is so much fun.

They love to cuddle, are great in the winter as they give off great body heat. A Devon should be an indoor cat, if for no other reason then they are a real treasure.