How To Identify a Devon Rex Cat

The Devon Rex cat is known for its active and playful personality. Devon Rex cats love to jump and climb, and can be quite mischievous. Many Devon Rex cats prefer the company of people to that of other pets. Here’s how to identify a Devon Rex cat:

  1. Facial shape. A Devon Rex has a short, broad, wedge-shaped head, with high cheek bones and a well-defined chin. It will have low-set ears that look almost too big for its head size. The eyes are large and oval, usually set on a slant. Some people say that the eyes give the Devon Rex a “wicked” expression. The eyes may be any color. The nose is small and upturned. It has also been described as a “pixie face.” The whiskers and eyebrows often have a “crinkled” appearance, and are rather coarse.
  2. Fur texture. The shorthaired Devon Rex cat has a dense coat and is known for its unusual fur, which is wavy overall, with some patches that are especially curly. The distinctively wavy pattern is one of the easiest ways to identify a Devon Rex cat. A tightly curled coat is considered desirable for show cats of the Devon Rex breed. There are a few Devon Rex cats with a longhaired coat. It also displays the distinctive rippled pattern, but in show circles it is considered undesirable. Despite the unique appearance of its coat, the Devon Rex actually requires very little brushing. When feeling the fur, you may notice that the cat’s skin feels warm to the touch.
  3. Fur color. A Devon Rex may come in any color or pattern. Color is not an accurate way to determine whether a cat is a Devon Rex.
  4. Body shape. Devon Rex cats have a medium build and are compact, weighing more than you would expect for their size. The body, neck, and legs are slender. Some Devon Rex cats have very long hind legs. The paws seem small for the size of the cat.
  5. Tail. A Devon Rex’s tail is long and thin, covered by short fur. This fur usually lacks the wavy pattern seen over the rest of the body because it is too short.

Unlike most other cat breeds, the Devon Rex originates from one cat. Because of the inbreeding required for the Devon Rex to become a distinct breed, Devon Rex cats are susceptible to several genetic health problems. The Devon Rex breed originates from the Cornish Rex breed, but it has a slightly longer and fuzzier coat. Because it looks similar to other Rex breeds, a pedigree is the only sure way to identify a Devon Rex cat.


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