The Devon Rex has a heart shaped face, large pointy ears and big, oval-shaped eyes. Their coat is soft to the touch with short, loose shaggy curls like a mop or a thin suede like finish. The Devon Rex has a less insulating coat which can mean he will feel cold if you are feeling cold. They look for the warmest spots to curl up like heat vents, computer screens, televisions and next to your fridge.
The Devon’s favorite spot is on his owner’s shoulder where he is at head level to not miss out on anything that is taking place. He refuses to be left out of any activity and he will surely be at your side waiting for that moment to jump up on your lap and have a good cuddle. He loves the attention of people and will be great with kids and friends.
Devon Rex are known to be quite smart and their activity level is moderate to high. They love puzzle toys and interactive games which will tact his brain and keep him busy.
They weigh anywhere between 5 to 10 pounds, they love to sneak a treat here and there so do make sure to keep an eye on how much food they intake.
This mix breed is generally healthy but have had varying incidents of health problems which can be genetic in nature. The following diseases have been found in the breed:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease found in some breeds like the Maine Coon.
- Malassezia dermatitis is a yeast commonly found on the skin and ears of cats. However, an abnormal overgrowth of the yeast can cause dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The exact reasons behind this disease are not yet known, but it has been linked to allergy and possibly congenital (born with) and hormonal factors.
- Congenital hypotrichosis, also known as hereditary baldness.
The Devon’s coat is easy to maintain, no brushing is required, passing of your hand to even out the coat will be sufficient. Baths are only necessary if your cat gets dirty. This breed is hypo-allergenic so perfect if you suffer from allergies.
Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent periodontal diseases. Brushing the teeth once a week is better than nothing.
Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Keep litter box clean, as the Devon is very particular about bathroom hygiene.
The Devon Rex is best as an indoor-only cat, they can run the risk of being attacked by dogs and other animals. If possible it’s best to have an outdoor enclosure large enough for him to be able to climb and play safely.