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Description of Devon Rex

The Breed History

About the year 1960 in Devonshire England, a stray was found to carry this new "rex haircoat" gene. The first progenitor male was named Kirlee. This mutation is not related to Cornish Rex or Selkirk Rex and early crossings between them proved this; though some of these crossbreds were used in the early Devon Rex breeding program. The Devon Rex haircoat (re) is an autosomal recessive gene affecting normal hair follicle development. The Devon Rex is more waved than curly haired; the latter being the type seen in the Cornish Rex. In 1967, the GCCF in Britain and FIFР№ in Europe accepted the breed. The CFA recognized Devon Rex as distinct from Cornish Rex in 1979, put the Devons into the provisional class in 1981, and championship status was granted in 1983. In 2013 outcrossing will no longer be allowed; until then, The Devon can be crossed with British Shorthair and American Shorthair cats only.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: 6-9 lb (2.5-4 kg)

Coat: Can be any color since hair mutation and color are not linked. The ventrum may be downy and of reduced hair density, but the texture of the coat is silky and fine like crushed velvet, and bare patches are penalized except the temples and ears. The coat overall is less dense than a Cornish Rex coat and is whirled or curled, crinkly rather than wavy, and about 1/2" long. The coat is very short, very soft and the hairs are fine; though normal guard hairs are lacking over the body, on the tail some full guard hairs may make the haircoat a little coarser there. Hair cover on the limbs and head, abdomen, and neck is less curly and shorter. Brow and whiskers may be crinkled, and whiskers and coat hairs break easily. Whiskers are usually less than 1 in (2.5 cm) long. In kittens, waves are not fully developed and coat is not mature until about 16-24 weeks of age, with molting during development, though mature coats can sometimes be significantly delayed in re-growth, finishing well past sexual maturity. Rarely, longhairs are born.

Eyes: Large oval eyes can be any color and are wide set.

Points of Conformation: The head is a short modified wedge with a distinct break. Prominent cheekbones, and well defined whisker pads are evident. Other features include a moderately short nose, very large rounded ears which are set low, lending the cats an elfin look. The neck is fine. The tail is long and slender. Legs are long, straight and medium in bone. Paws are small and oval.

Grooming: Low shedding is standard for this breed. Devon cats have minimal grooming requirements. A light chamois or a hand is used to gently rub over the cat as needed. Not advised to blow dry. Oiliness in the coat can be controlled with chamois grooming but periodic bathing may be required. Ears tend to be greasy and require more regular cleaning than the average cat.

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