There is the impression that
because Devons are low-shed
they are hypo-allergenic.
While people may find them
less likely to trigger allergies,
this is very individual and
should be assessed, not
assumed, before bringing a
Devon into your home.
The Devon Rex, "Pixie of the Cat Fancy", is a cat like no other. It has
been compared to a cross between a cat, a dog, a monkey, and Dennis
the Menace because of its madcap personality. Add to that, oversized
ears on an impish face with large expressive eyes, and you begin to
understand why Devons are described as "elfin." Delightfully silly in
both appearance and antics, Devons are interested in everything and
everyone around them. They are a fun-loving breed with a relaxed and
social attitude rarely associated with cats.
The appearance of the Devon Rex is far from ordinary - in fact, people
have questioned whether they are a real cat or some kind of impossible
animal mixture! With their long skinny necks, oddly shaped heads,
ridiculously big ears, and incredible coat that
can range from wildly curly to a soft suede-like down it is no
wonder people are confused by Devons. They really are 100%
feline, even if they seem to be 99% personality and only 1% cat.
This unique breed possesses intensely loyal, human-loving,
dog-like qualities. They have often been described as "Cling-ons"
and "Velcro" cats, because of their unwillingness to leave their
people alone. A Devon will never miss an opportunity to give a
quick nuzzle to a hand or face, or to offer a gentle head-butt as proof of
their love. Make and hold eye contact with a Devon and prepare
yourself to be convinced that you are the center of his universe, as this
is the true love of a Devon - you.
A person must be prepared to be owned by a Devon. A Devon will eat
with you, sleep with you, perch cozily on your shoulder and read the
newspaper with you. They will follow you around the house, sit at your
feet or jump on your lap the minute you sit down. A Devon will
accompany you on your household chores, happily trilling, cooing, and
chirping, as they look for ways to help. Once owned by a Devon, you
can anticipate you will never do anything alone again.
It is important to understand that the social nature of the Devon makes
them marvelous pets, but unsuited to spending long periods of time
without companionship. Devons do not discriminate in terms of the
company they keep. They do very well with people, other Devons
(often creating a "Devon pile"), cats, dogs, and even the occasional
bird, ferret or rabbit. A constant "buddy" is a must for this breed to be
truly happy. If you are someone away from home for hours at a time,
you should consider a more independent breed of cat or plan on
bringing home two Devons.
Children and Devons are naturals as best friends and tireless
playmates. Many a Devon has become a living doll or cuddly teddy
bear in the arms of a child. Their playful nature
means Devons easily learn tricks and are always up for a game of
hide-and-seek, tag, or fetch.
Other family members will frequently find a Devon nestled in their laps.
Devons will never sleep alone when a lap, a shoulder, or cradling arms
are offered. You should not be surprised to find a Devon tucked in bed
with you or another family member. Typically snuggled under the
covers or firmly settled on a pillow. Devons remain kittens-at-heart
forever, and their affectionate nature connects them deeply with every
A word of caution, Devons are food hounds. Whether it is the traditional
burger and fries, or the more unusual, asparagus tips, grapes, or
olives, be prepared to guard your dinner plate from the fast and crafty
Devon in the house. They never turn down a meal and would be happy
to assist you with yours. Do not be taken in by the pleading or the
heartbreaking, pitiful expressions that would suggest they have not had
a meal in weeks.
They may look like they have just arrived on earth on an alien
spaceship but they originated in Devon, England in the late 1950's
when a wholly natural mutation occurred in feral cats living in the
countryside near the town of Buckfastleigh. Mother Nature created this
feline oddity, this lithe and winsome pixie cat. Man had no hand in the
mutation, but did step in and make it possible for the mutation to
survive and flourish, providing cat lovers around the globe the
opportunity to meet, love and be loved by one of nature's true miracles
- the Devon Rex Cat.
Intrigued? Please explore our Educational topics to learn
about Finding a Responsible Breeder, Standards of the Breed
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