About the Devon rex
The Devon rex was first discovered as a kitten in Devon, UK, in 1960, and has been gaining in popularity since then. Devons have short, curly hair rather than fur like other breeds do, which makes them a good pet for an allergy sufferer as they don’t produce as much of the offending proteins in their dander. They also have curly whiskers. “Rexed” means “curled”; and there are other breeds that are similar, such as the Cornish rex or the German rex. Devons are prone to having their hair break off and leave bald patches, or they are prone to skin problems because they do not have enough hair to support all the oil that is produced by their skin glands, though this can be remedied by frequent bathing and more tender loving care on the part of the owner. The other rex breeds all have varying degrees of curliness in their hair and whiskers, and they share the same behavior traits.
Appearance and Behavior
Devons have pointed triangular shaped faces with large ears, which give them a rascally pixie-ish look. They never get larger than 8-10 lbs., which gives them a slender appearance. Because of that and the large ears, they are often known as the “pixie cat” or the “alien cat”. Behaviorally, the Devon can be a bit of an imp, and has been described as “a monkey in a cat suit.” They have long, athletic legs with large, agile toes which are extra strong. They love to climb, must explore everything, and are quite playful. This animal is sort of a cross between a dog, a cat, and a monkey. Because they are so active, they might not be the best choice for someone who needs a more docile and sedate pet, but in the case where an adult lives alone they make perfect company. Just as long as that adult is home a lot-it would not be fair to this cat to not have a playmate or an owner that was away at work all the time. They are very loyal to their owners and will often follow them around, or perch on their shoulder to stay with him or her. Devons are prized for being highly intelligent, and can be trained much like dogs can. Because they have so little hair, Devons get cold easily, and seek out warm places like electronic equipment that throws out heat, or will crawl underneath blankets. Devons are apt to have skin problems more often than other breeds, which can be remedied by frequent grooming and bathing. With the proper care and attention, the Devon rex can be a very good pet.
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