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Devon Rex

Appropriately nicknamed Poodle cats because of their curly hair, the Devon Rex is a highly intelligent cat breed that, if provided with the right training, can even learn how to jump, heel, or fetch on command. They’re perfect companions due to their playful nature and gentle demeanour. 

9 - 15 years
2.3 - 4.5kg
The Devon Rex comes in any colour or colour combination, with or without white markings and in a variety of patterns.
The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

The Devon Rex breed is prone to: 
- Hypotrichosis which is a condition where areas of fur do not grow and this can result in skin infections.
- Devon Rex myopathy which is a syndrome that causes muscle weakness and nervous signs. 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem  This effects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
Testing available:
- DNA testing for Devon Rex myopathy and polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition 

Devon Rex Cat Appearance  

The Devon Rex is a small to medium sized cat with an appealing, pixie-like appearance as a result of their high cheekbones, large eyes and prominent ears. The coat is a defining feature of this breed, crinkled and waved all over a hard muscular body. Due to the genetic mutation that causes this curly coat, the Devon Rex has rather fragile whiskers and eyebrows which are crinkled, but will break off easily creating ‘designer stubble’.  

Devon Rex Cat Personality 

The Devon Rex personality is incorrigible, curious, mischievous, and highly active. They want to be involved in whatever you are involved in, no matter how inappropriate that may be. They are hugely people oriented, and will adore curling up on your lap, or around your shoulders, to quietly supervise you as you read or cook or even use the loo… they really don’t care!  

Whilst not a particularly vocal cat, if they feel they are being ignored they will chirp and chirrup away until you pay attention. This is not a cat to leave unsupervised for long as they climb well and can be destructive if bored or lonely. 

Devon Rex Fun Facts 

  • Two Devon Rex cats played the part of mischievous antagonists in Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ film. Appropriately enough, their characters’ names were Devon and Rex. 
  • Among famous Devon Rex cat owners is Dita Von Teese whose pet, Aleister, although having passed away in 2020, still has a dedicated Instagram profile which amassed over 108k followers. 
  • One unique feature they possess is their whiskers, which are very short and often tightly curled, seeming almost invisible. 
  • It’s been rumoured that Steven Spielberg’s famous E.T. character was inspired by the director’s own Devon Rex cat. 


Do Devon Rex cats make good pets? 

A Devon Rex cat is one of the best pets you can have as they’re sociable, friendly, and very outgoing. Plus, they’re highly intelligent and love being around humans. 

Do Devon Rex cats need baths? 

Given their particular coats, Devon Rex cats need more grooming than other cat breeds and although they will groom themselves, it’s recommended to also bathe them once every few weeks. 

What is the personality of a Devon Rex cat? 

Some might use the word ‘goofy’ to describe the Devon Rex personality and they wouldn’t be wrong. These cats are active, energetic, and just adore being playful and catching their owners’ attention amusing performances. 

Are Devon Rex cats hypoallergenic? 

Yes, the Devon Rex cat is considered to be hypoallergenic. As their coats are very short and fine, they usually shed less than other cat breeds.