Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex CatThe Devon Rex is noted for its soft, short, naturally curly coat. Its large eyes and ears give it a pixie-ish appearance.

The Devon Rex originated near a tin mine in Devon, and is distinct from the Cornish Rex, though the coat mutation appears similar. This first cat, Kirlee, was discovered in 1960, ten years after the discovery of the Cornish Rex gene in Cornwall.

Although it was assumed at first that the genes were the same, this was not true. All Devon Rex today can trace their ancestry to Kirlee. The first Devon Rex arrived in the United States in 1968, and it was accepted for championship status in CFA in 1979.

They are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.


The Devon Rex is a potential choice for a minority of people who are allergic to cats. While no naturally bred cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Devon Rex (and Cornish Rex) do not aggravate allergies in some people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.

Associations: The Devon Rex is accepted by all major cat registries.

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