The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
In 1960, another curly coated cat was discovered in Devon, England, the neighboring country to the home of the Cornish Rex. A curly-coated feral male had mated with a stray, straight-haired female, and the litter included one curly coated male.Like the Cornish Rex, the Devon's coat is caused by a recessive gene, and inbreeding was necessary to perpetuate the breed - the Devon gene is different to that which curls the coat of the Cornish Rex, and crossing Devon and Cornish Rexes produces litters of straight-coated kittens.
The first impression of a Devon Rex is how crinkly their coat is. The Devon coat is generally less dense than that of the Cornish Rex and, without careful breeding, very sparse coats can result. Physically, the Devon Rex is quite different from the Cornish. It shares the muscular build, slim legs and long, whip like tail, but it is broad chested, and has a flat forehead, prominent cheekbones and a crinkled brow.
Devons are fondly described as "little terrors", and "monkeys in cats' clothing" whose antics include swinging from the curtains and climbing the wallpaper! These lively and extrovert cats seem to be born comedians. They have several 'dog-like' qualities, such as a fondness for fetching toys, and can be trained to walk on a harness and lead. They are very gentle and loving cats, and hate to be bored or alone. Their should be lots of things to play with and climb on as these cats have a lot of energy.
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