The Devon rex were officially recognized as a separate breed in 1984 while their history began in 1950s. Initially, Devon Rex cats were registered under the Cornish Rex breed although they didn't share the same gene which made their hair curly. Due to this, the Devon Rex was given its own name and a status of an individual breed as it long deserved.
As a story goes, everything started from a curly kitten named Kirlee which was born from a street cat. The cat lived near the household of Beryl Cox and she noticed the curly kitten. She gave it home and later she spotted an article regarding a curly kitten from Cornwall. It was Kallibunker, a kitten which gave start to the Devon Rex breed. It was 1950s and it it took a few decades for the Devon Rex breed to be recognized.
The Devon Rex cats are affectionate and friendly. It's easy for them to build connection with humans and other pets.They prefer staying close to their family and socialize. As their coat is light, they would prefer sitting on your lap, sleeping near you. Prepare to give them lots of attention, snuggles and cuddles, they are extremely affectionate and sweet cats.
These cats are also energetic, playful and active. You will most probably see them running and jumping around the house, playing with other pets, toys or humans. They will show you lots of acrobatic tricks using the curtains and high places as any cats might do.
The Devon Rex has a remarkable and out-of-this-world appearance. They have large slightly slanted eyes and extremely large ears. Their head is wedge-shaped with a short muzzle and high cheekbones.
They are elegant medium-sized cats with well developed muscles. Their hind legs are a bit longer than front legs which gives them a slightly feral impression. Their chest is wide.
The Devon Rex coat is light and sheds a little. It's covered in soft curls which come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Their whiskers are shortened and curly as well, tend to breakage. However, you shouldn't worry as it would grow back. The outercoat tends to breakage which might lead to hairless spots, however, it would grow over as well.
The Devon Rex have only a few predispositions to health conditions as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation and hereditary myopathy. Apart from these they are healthy cats.
If you would like to start breeding the Devon Rex you should have your female tested for her blood type. A mismatched blood type in kittens and their mommy-cat might lead to death of kittens. A mate for your cat should be picked with regards to the blood type. If you have a kitten with the mismatching blood type, you can temporarily bottle feed it till intestines close their way to antibodies.