The first Devon was discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK, in 1960. The breed was initially thought to be linked with the Cornish Rex; however, test mating proved otherwise. The Devon Rex is a breed of intelligent, short-haired cat that emerged in England during the 1970s. They are known for their slender bodies, wavy coat, and large ears. This breed of cat is capable of learning difficult tricks but can be difficult to motivate.
9 - 15 years
Medium size cat weighing 2.5 to 4 kilo
The typical Devon is active, mischievous, playful, and very people-oriented. They have been described as "a monkey in a cat suit". They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them. With this trait, they are often found in odd nooks and crannies of a closet, shelf, or laundry basket. Devons prefer to be in high places and will go to great lengths to get to the highest spot in a room. They are relatively easy to take care of. Most Devons also have one central person to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie and rub. They like to playfully nip, and love to play throughout their lives.
They are a very intelligent breed; the typical Devon Rex can be trained to walk on a leash, fetch or perform all manner of tricks usually associated with canines, like jump, heel and tag to name a few.
Another common trait is their show of affection: they have a particular penchant for being close to the head or neck of their human companions and can often be found mounted upon one's shoulder or nestled into the cranny created by the neck and shoulder when one is prone. The Devon Rex is a faithful companion and will usually follow the object of their affection from room to room, waiting for the opportunity to leap onto their arms, lap, or shoulder.
They come in any genetically possible colour, pattern or combination of colours and patterns, including solid white, black, blue, chocolate, cinnamon, lavender and red; smoke patterns, which are a white undercoat deeply tipped with a specific colour; and various calico, tabby, tortoiseshell and pointed patterns.