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When searching for a RESPONSIBLE BREEDER of Devon Rex, it is important for you to understand the differences between a responsible breeder
and someone who breeds for profit or those who breed "just for the fun of it."
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS commit themselves first to the well being of their cats and kittens. They only breed Devon Rex to preserve, sustain,
and improve the best qualities of the breed.
THE RESPONSIBLE BREEDER WILL:
Only place a cat or kitten with you when they have taken the time to
thoroughly interview and feel comfortable with you on a more personal
level. This means they are willing to turn down a buyer's request for a cat or
kitten, if they are not confident that the placement is the best possible home. Every
cat and kitten needs to be placed in a home where its unique personality, and the
new owner's personality, lifestyle, and temperament are ideally suited for one
Create a healthy environment by only breeding cats that are in good
health and fit, without any known or suspected genetic defects, or
personality disorders. A responsible breeder will limit the number of cats and
kittens they keep to ensure they receive regular, loving, human interaction to be
well socialized; have sufficient clean and safe space in which to play and rest;
receive scheduled, as well as emergency, veterinary care; and the
highest quality food.
Sell only a healthy cat or kitten to you and give an assurance of current
good health by providing you with documentation of the cat or kitten's medical
history, including vaccine records and any medicines previously prescribed for a
treated illness. While no breeder can guarantee the future health and life span of a
cat or kitten, a responsible breeder will document what will happen should the cat or
kitten become ill. You may also be provided with contact information for the
breeder's veterinarian should you and your veterinarian have any questions.
Sell a kitten or cat with a contract that everyone understands. It will clearly
spell out for you the breeder's obligations and your rights and obligations in a fair
manner that respects and protects all the parties signing it.
It will include a spay/neuter agreement clause if the cat or
kitten is intact when sold, in order to preserve the health and well-being
of the individual cat or kitten - and the Devon Rex breed.
Sell and place a kitten with you that is at least 14 - 16 weeks of
age, when it has had sufficient time with its mother and littermates to
be well socialized and old enough to have been fully vaccinated against
Calici, Panleukopenia, and Rhinotracheitis Virus. A responsible breeder
will never take a deposit on an unborn kitten nor risk breaking your
heart by permitting you to reserve a kitten too young to have a
reasonable certainty of survival (i.e., before the age of six weeks).
Participate in The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) sponsored
cat shows to receive objective feedback from judges, and
compare their cats to those of other Devon Rex breeders. (Note: The reader is
reminded that you are viewing this buyers' guide on the official website of the
CFA, Devon Rex Breed Club, where all Devon Rex Standards of Perfection,
shows and titles mentioned will be exclusively those of CFA.)
Will work with pedigrees containing multiple titled cats beyond the
preliminary show title of Champion (CH), which typically requires only
presentation at one cat show without requiring the cat to actively compete for
points. The goal is to produce cats capable of earning the highest title-of-merit
awarded by CFA, Grand Champion (GC). Exemplary breeding programs are
slowly built from such pedigrees. Often newer breeders will not yet have
achieved advanced titles, but will be actively involved in showing their cats and
working to earn them. (A complete listing and explanation of CFA titles and
rankings can be found elsewhere on the Education page.)
It is important for you to understand that breeding Devon Rex is an expensive hobby
and not a business for profit. The cost of producing a well-bred Devon Rex kitten or cat is
high because the responsible breeder makes the necessary time and financial commitments to
produce quality cats and kittens with good health and temperament that are suitable for the show
ring and will, if bred, sustain the overall high quality of the breed. Should they produce a kitten
that, by 16 weeks of age, is not of show quality, have a cat aging out of their breeding program,
or determine that a cat or kitten is more suited to a pet home, the responsible breeder will find a
buyer, perhaps you, that is the best possible match.
You are now a more informed buyer as you look for a Devon Rex. If you interview a breeder who
does not reflect the philosophy or practices of breeding we have listed for you, this should
concern you and raise a "buyer beware" flag. We suggest you take the time to interview other
breeders and ask more questions. Take the time to properly interview and get to know a breeder,
as this will be to your advantage when looking for a Devon Rex to join your family.