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Devon Rex Characteristics and Facts

With his high cheekbones, big eyes, long legs, slender body, and unusual hairstyle, the Devon Rex looks like the feline incarnation of waiflike model Kate Moss. Like his cousin, the Cornish Rex, the Devon has a wavy coat, but his has a looser curl than that of the Cornish.

The Devon Rex is said to resemble a pixie — both in physical features and in temperament. He is a mischievous and playful cat.


The Devon Rex is often said to resemble a pixie, and if you know anything about folklore, you know that pixies are mischievous little troublemakers. The Devon is highly intelligent and highly active. Expect him to be perched on your shoulder, at your side, or in your lap, avidly supervising everything you do. He is capable of jumping to great heights — think the top of your tallest bookshelf — and loves learning tricks, including playing the piano. With his playful, outgoing nature, the Devon Rex is a good choice for families with children, other pets, or frequent guests. He is a good traveler and makes an excellent therapy cat.

You may hear that the Devon Rex coat is hypoallergenic because of its texture, but that is not correct. Allergies are not caused by a particular coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all cats (and people, for that matter). There is no scientific evidence that any breed or crossbreed is more or less allergenic than any other cat. Some people with allergies react less severely to particular cats, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that her cats are hypoallergenic.

The Devon Rex is well suited to any home with people who will love him, play with him, and give him the attention he seeks. Keep him indoors to protect him from sunburn, cars, diseases spread by other cats, and attacks from other animals.

The Devon Rex has huge ears that are wide at the base and set low on the head. They frame the cat's face and give him an elfin expression. Some Devons have tufts of hair on the ears that resemble earmuffs.

Did You Know?

The Devon Rex is said to resemble a pixie — both in physical features and in temperament. He is a mischievous and playful cat.


The Devon Rex coat can vary depending on the age of the cat and the line it comes from. While the standard is a loose curl that makes waves when you run your hand down their coat, that doesn’t necessarily mean your cat will look like that when you bring him home.

Kittens go through a molting period anywhere from 8 weeks through 12+ weeks. Meaning that the little curly baby you seen in the photo may not be what he looks like when you finally go to get him. The kitten coat tends to molt off the torso making him look more like a socked sphynx at homing age.

Litter D, 2 weeks old #curlypridetoronto

Don’t worry! The coat and curl they are born with is (generally) the coat they’ll grow into when mature.


This could take up to 2 years so don’t be impatient! Speak to the breeder about what coat they expect the cat to have when mature. They should be able to tell you about the parents coats and their lines and what to expect from your baby. Some litters will have varying coats within the litter. Some of the babies will grow less coat and some can have more. This is where birth coat should be noted, as two very curly parents can have a rather hairless few kittens if somewhere a Grandparent had a poorer coat. This has to do with the Genetics passed down to those kittens.

The best thing to do is ask questions, look at photos and videos, check out the potential parents and look at photos of previous litters. Some breeders are focusing on improving different aspects of the Devon in their breeding plans. A good coat is part of the standard and can be hard to achieve but icing on the cake!


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