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Devon Rex
Recognized Breed

Devon Rex Energy Level 8
Playfulness 8
Dislikes Alone Time 7
Affection Level 9>
Vocality 3
Teachability 5
Intelligence 8
Autonomy 3
General Health 5
Grooming Needs 1
Ok with Kids 5
Ok with Other Pets 5
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OVERVIEW

Is it a pixie? Is it an alien? Honestly, it's closer to a Poodle. Devon Rexes look and think like feline versions of Poodles, with their curly coats and brilliant brains. They're eye-catching, whatever their teeny heads and large ears remind you of.

They're called “rexes” because of those ripples and waves in their coat, an effect known as “rexing.” But you might be tempted to call your Devon Rex something less regal from time to time—particularly if she's just stolen your something off your plate or knocked your book off the desk (again!).

This breed can grow to between 7-12 pounds and lives an average of 15-20 years.

FAST FACTS
Size: Medium
Energy Level: High
Playfulness: Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
Affection Level: I looooove being with you
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: You can SEE me thinking
Grooming Needs: I mostly groom myself
Dog-Like?: Call me Fido

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE DEVON REX'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Devon Rexes are extremely intelligent and very loving. These cats often get along well with dogs and children. Honestly, this breed gets along well with just about everybody—they're laid back and social, truly a cat around town.

WHAT IS DEVON REX BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Can't find your Devon Rex? Have you checked the top of your bookcase? Or behind the refrigerator? Or under the sofa? These kitties like high places and small, tight spots. When in doubt, just follow that purr—it's so loud, you can't miss it.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY DEVON REX ENTERTAINED?

Devon Rexes love to learn and will respond well to being taught basic commands or tasks. She'll also enjoy outsmarting puzzle toys. This breed travels well and makes a wonderful therapy cat.

Keep in mind that your Devon Rex has very little tolerance for boredom. Find her something fun to do or you might find her practicing her Tarzan impression by swinging from your curtains.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO DEVON REXES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Devon Rexes have giant bat ears and always look like they're judging you just a little (but that's probably because they have such big eyes). Their curls are delicate, so be very gentle while combing or brushing them. (It might be safer to skip this altogether.) Some can develop a greasy feel and might need a bath once a month or so.

Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO DEVON REXES HAVE?

Devon Rexes do best with a diet high in protein and antioxidants. Though this breed is usually healthy, some are prone to slipping kneecaps, heart disease, and a disorder that can inhibit muscle function.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE DEVON REXES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Devon Rexes are among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers, in part because they don't shed very much. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. (#FurryFeminism?) Wiping them down can help cut back on airborne allergens. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet. But remember: don't brush or comb this cat's delicate fur! Consider using a pet-safe wet wipe instead.

WHAT IS MY DEVON REX'S BEST DAY?

Any day she gets to follow you around, cuddle you, and impress you—and as many of your friends and relations as possible—with her tricks is a good Caturday indeed.

SHOULD I ADOPT A DEVON REX?

Devon Rexes are highly social cats, so don't bring one of these furry friends home if you're not going to be around to appreciate her. Otherwise, this kitty is a mischievous, devoted feline companion who will bring impish joy to everyone around her.

Have you decided that a Devon Rex is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.

Picture(s): Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis | |

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