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The Devon Rex Cat Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

So, if you’re currently looking for a REALY smart cat, and perhaps one that might “freak out” the neighbors, boy do we have the “perfect” cat breed for you!

It’s name is…

The Devon Rex cat breed.  And while we here at IndulgeYourPet actually consider these inquisitive little guys quite handsome, we know that there are people out there who may disagree!


There may even be some folks who find them a bit “scary” looking!  And we have to confess, despite the fact that we find these guys pretty attractive, we’re also a bit “freaked out” by them too… on occasion.  Which is just one more reason why we love these guys so MUCH!

But just because…

You happen to think these cats look “cool” doesn’t mean that you should run out to your nearest Devon Rex cat breeder and immediately adopt the first Devon Rex kitten you see, because there are certain things you should know about the Devon Rex cat breed before you can determine if this breed is going to be the “right” breed for you.

After all…

The last thing that you want to do is choose a cat on “looks alone”.  This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet have taken the time to write this article so that hopefully once your done reading it, you’ll be more informed as to whether or not a Devon Rex is “right” for you.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Devon Cat Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  England

Size:  Medium

Weight: 7 to 9 pounds

Eyes:  Large and oval (colors may vary)

Shape of Head:  Small “wedged” shaped

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

Origin of the Devon Cat Breed

While the Devon Rex cat breed as an appearance that “seems” to be “ancient” truth be told, this isn’t actually all that “old” of a cat breed at all.

In fact…

The Devon Rex cat breed only dates back to the late 1950’s early 1960’s when a local field cat with curly hair happened to have a rendezvous with a domesticated Tortoiseshell house cat belonging to the cat “enthusiast” by the name of Beryl Cox.

The resulting litter…

Two months later produced some very interesting looking kittens many of which looked very similar to their “cousin breed” the Cornish Rex however there was one particular kitten that Beryl decided to name Kirlee that looked a bit “different”.


Didn’t exactly look like a Cornish Rex.  Kirlee’s coat was wavy, yes, but it was more tousled, and his whiskers were completely different from that of a Cornish Rex. Though both breeds have large ears, Kirlee’s were low on his head, and a Cornish Rex’s ears are high up on their heads.

These differences…

Inspired Beryl to continue to breed Kirlee so that she could selectively emphasize these differences which over time became the many of the “hallmarks” of the Devon Rex cat breed.


Modern Devon Rex cats can come in a variety of colors due to the efforts of Beryl Cox and others like here which is why folks who love this breed have plenty of options to chose from when deciding what “kind” of Devon Rex cat they want to own.

Devon Rex Characteristics
When it comes time to describing exactly what a Devon Rex cat looks like, it helps if you mention that this cat has been give a few “nicknames” over the years.  Nicknames including:

  • The Pixie Cat, which sounds really nice and cute.
  • The Poodle Cat, which also sounds really nice.
  • And the Alien Cat, which probably isn’t the most flattering of name but might be the most descriptive.

Now regardless…

Of what nickname that you prefer or whether or not you like using a nickname to describe these little guys, what is clear is that a Devon Rex is going to have a set of over-sized ears, very large eyes, and a very small head accented by high cheekbones.

They’re also going…

To have very soft fur that is extremely wavy.  In fact, considering there are several other “Rex” cat breeds out there that will have very similar facial features, the Devon Rex’s fur should be considered the most distinguishable feature of the Devon Rex because it is the “best” way to identify a Devon Rex as opposed to a Cornish Rex or a Selkirk Rex.

This fur…

Will always be silky and short, but can come in a variety of colors including: white, black, blue, red, cream, fawn, chocolate and lavender.

Devon Rex Personality and Temperament

Now even though most folks who see a Devon Rex cat for the first time mainly just want to sit and stare at him or her for a while, it’s important to point out that these guys while certainly interesting to look at are actually quite a bit of fun to play with as well!

Mainly because…
The Devon Rex breed is a very curious breed. They’re like a baby seeing the world for the first time with wide, bright eyes. They like to explore, and they’re very playful and outgoing. They warm up to anyone they meet, and love those they already know—including other pets!

They’re also an…

Extremely intelligent cat breed that loves to learn.  They’re up to any challenge, willing and able to learn tricks and love to play with toys that make them think.   But be sure you reward them with plenty of love and treats as that is their favorite part about learning and playing.

And if you do…

They’ll gladly tell you their pleased, as they like to communicate often with their soft purr.
They also love to…

Be the center of attention and will be happy to spend all day either sitting on your lap or perched right up on your shoulder.  This is because they like to stay close to their favorite people, but they’re welcoming to strangers just the same.

And while they…

May not be the “most active” of all cat breeds, they are still going to be “active enough” for most folks looking for a cat that isn’t just goin to sit on the couch all day.

But you should be warned…

These guys like to EAT!  And they will eat practically anything, so make sure you’re monitoring their diet and don’t let them trick you into feeding them too much otherwise you’re going to have a very “overweight” cat lounging on your shoulder all day!

Devon Rex Cat Breed Health Concerns.
Unfortunately, like many pedigree cat breeds, the Devon Rex breed is prone to be at an increased risk for some serious hereditary medical conditions.

Conditions such as:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) HCM is the most common heart disease amongst cats. This disease causes the heart muscle to thicken. If you want to be sure than your cat doesn’t have HCM, then they can be tested—this screening is known as an echocardiogram.
  • Muscle function may also be affected, and this is known as hereditary myopathy. Hereditary myopathy signs can be seen in cats as young as 4-7 weeks or 12-14 weeks.
    • A feature of this disease is passive ventroflexion of the head and neck. It’s very noticeable if you see a picture. Sometimes this causes cats to have difficulty swallowing their food or move less because if they stride for too long, they get tired.
  • Patellar luxation is a problem that causes a cat’s knee to pop out of place. This in turn can cause a kitten to walk with a limp.

A Devon Rex can also get sunburns due to their lack of hair! If you want to prevent a cat from getting sunburns, just make sure that you’re limiting the time that they’re spending outdoors. They liked to take naps outside in the sun because it warms them up, but you can limit that time. Between 10 am and 4 pm, it’s better that they stay inside.

Which brings us to…

The last topic that we want to discuss today with regard to the Devon Rex cat breed which is, if you do decide that you want to purchase a Devon Rex kitten or better yet adopt a Devon Rex rescue cat, please take a moment and also consider purchasing a pet insurance policy on him or her as well.

This is because…

The last thing that you want to have happen is for you to encounter a medical emergency whereby you are suddenly facing all sorts of medical bills that may force you to consider euthanizing your animal simply because you don’t have the money to pay for the care your pet needs.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No of course not, but until you fully understand what these “types” of insurance policies will and won’t cover, and how much they cost, how will you ever be able to know if they could be “right” for you?

For more information about who we “feel” currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies in the industry right now, be sure to check out our Top 10 Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

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