Its huge, low-set, batlike ears and large oval-shaped eyes make the Devon Rex the pixie or elf of the cat fancy. The Devon has wavy hair, but is not ?marcelled? like the Cornish Rex.The Devon?s body is slender and of medium length and frame, with a long neck and hard, muscular, broad chest. Long, slim legs carry the body high off the ground. The hind legs are higher than the front legs. The long, slender tail should be covered with short fir. The small head is a modified wedge, with a short muzzle and a series of three distinct convex curves; outer edge of ears, cheekbones and whisker pads. The prominent whisker pads define a good muzzle break. The cheeks are very full. In profile, there should be a definite stop with the forehead curving back to a flat skull. A straight profile is not desirable, as it will not allow the formation of the pronounced muzzle break. The set of the ears is a much on the side as on the top of the head. The ears are ridiculously large, adding to the elfin look. The large, oval eyes are set wide apart. The coat is very short and soft with a relaxed wave, feeling like suede. Whiskers and eyebrows are crinkled. Some Devons have ear tufts and ear muffs( a patch of fur on the outside lower part of the ear) that accentuate their pixie look. The full-bodied yet fine, short, wavy fur that cover the Devon is of a distinctive texture because of the ?rexing? of the Devon gene. No other recognized breed has this mutation. Devons may have down on the underparts of the body; this is not bareness. The coat may be thinner than that of the Cornish Rex. Allowances may be made for the lack of full coat development in kittens with very good type, over fully coated kittens of lesser type.
The first know Rex was born in 1950 when a wavy-haired kitten was born into a litter from two ordinary short-coated cats in Cornwall, England. In 1960, in Devon, England, a similarly coated kitten appeared. At first it was thought that this strain could be used as an outcross for the Cornish Rex but the Devon gene was not compatible with the Cornish Rex gene. When a Cornish was mated to a Devon, only straight haired kittens were produced. The mutations were located at different positions on the chromosome. The Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex would then go their separate ways, each being bred for different body types and waviness.
The Devon is alert, active and shows a lively interest in its surroundings. It has a good disposition, a very quiet voice and is especially suitable for apartment life. These cats make a sweet, loving pets and are a delight to show.
Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland