Devon Rex | Cat Breed Guide

Devon Rex | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Devon Rex cat breed is unique with their oversized ears and large eyes. They are intelligent and a little mischievous. They make up for their mischievousness with sweet cuddles, as they tend to curl up in your lap or perch upon your shoulders.

Weight: 5-10 pounds

Life Expectancy: 9-16 years

Temperament: playful, intelligent, and outgoing

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History and Personality

The Devon Rex cat is the cousin to the Cornish Rex. This breed was imported into the United States in 1968. In 1979, The Cat Fanciers’ Association recognized the breed, and it’s now recognized by other cat associations as well. If you’re looking for a cat that is lively and active, the Devon Rex cat is ideal. With such an outgoing and playful personality, he is perfect for families and children. He is also a great traveler and makes a phenomenal therapy cat.

The Devon Rex has unique wavy fur, giving his coat a rippling-like effect. The coat is distinct: full-bodied, fine, and soft. An interesting fact to remember about the Devon Rex is that he lacks enough fur to protect him from sun rays. If your Devon Rex is exposed to sun, whether by going outside or if he’s a regular sun bather by the windows, it’s important to use (cat-friendly) sunscreen on him. Another fun fact is that while a typical cat’s whiskers are long, this breed has short whiskers that tightly curl; when taking a quick glance at a Devon Rex, it might look like he doesn’t have any whiskers at all. This cat is suitable for children. When it comes to other pets, it’s ideal to introduce them slowly.

Devon Rex cats are typically active and alert. They pay attention to everything going on around them. With a playful and outgoing personality, this cat is a great choice for families, even those with small children. A Devon Rex would enjoy learning tricks and playing with puzzle toys to keep him entertained.


This breed has wavy fur that boasts a rippling effect. Their coat is shortest around their belly, neck, and on top of their head. Thicker fur covers their ears, face, legs, tail, and side of their body. Gentle grooming is the best option for the Devon Rex breed as the hair is delicate. Brushing or combing in a rough manner could damage the hair. Their skin can develop a greasy feeling, but if that happens, a simple bath every few weeks usually does the trick. Nail trimming every week is ideal. Be sure to check the ears for any signs of dirtiness and wipe them.

Health Concerns

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hereditary Myopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia

The Devon Rex is generally very healthy, but there are a few diseases that they could face. Because of their fine hair, they can experience hereditary baldness. They can be prone to malassezia dermatitis, a yeast that causes ear infections and greasy skin. Devon Rex myopathy is a genetic condition that can cause muscle weakness which makes your cat tire easily and there is no treatment. Be sure to take your kitty for regular vet checkups to maintain good health and catch any signs or symptoms of a condition early.