The Devon Rex is not a common cat: it is eccentric and extremely sensitive.
These characteristics must lead one to consider carefully the idea of making it
it is suitable only to those who possess in fact a certain
experience with animals, that might be endowed with an extreme sensitivity and
who can dedicate much time to him,
because the Devon Rex needs a lot of company
and a lot of attention.
Members of this breed live well in enclosed environments,
which must be well heated,
and they are ideal for people who love cats but
are allergic to their hair (since they do not shed).
origins of the Devon Rex are recent and its story is somewhat unique: in 1960,
thanks to the union of a domestic cat, the property of Mrs.Beryl Cox, and a street-cat,
was born a black male cat very particular, similar to an elf that had curly and
big ears. Mrs.Cox, despite the strange features of the kitten, she kept it and
called it Kirlee.
After having found out, from a newspaper article, that a
breeder by the name of Brian Sterling-Webb was intrested in a new kind of cat
with a very short and coat called the Cornish Rex, Mrs.Cox suggested Kirlee for
the breeding program: Kirlee mated with nine females that grave birth to twenty-nine
kittens in total.
The results were very disappointing because nine newborns
had normal hair, but thanks precisely to this it came to light that Kirlee and
the female cats had different genes; it was therefore discovered the existence
of a second gene: The Devon Rex.The experiments went ahead following two different
programs.Through cross-breeding, in distinct ways, the Devon Rex and the Corish
Rex strengthened each their own characteristics. Initially the Cat Fanciers Association
accepted and considered the breed Rex without distinguishing between Devon and
Corish; in 1979 the Cat Fanciers Association gave them a seperate registration
and in 1983 permitted their competition. In Europe the first specimen of the Devon
Rex appeared in 1979 thanks to Jerry Weaver. One night it will sleep quietly at
your feet; another; it will get it in its head to climb on the top of the bookcase
(with the ruinous consequence of falling books and knick-knacks);another still,
it will lie in wait very silent behind a curtain to wait for the first little
sparrow on duty to show up.Its odd actions will drive you crazy, but its jealousy
will enchant you. It will see only you, it will stick to you like a stamp and
it will growl like a dog if you dare to give compliments only to the house canary
(which however with him it will have a sad and short life).
Devon Rex is the exception to the rule which asserts that the first impression
is what counts.
It appears timid and sad when in reality it is a lively jokester
and a tireless runner (it seems to be one of the fastest cats). This atypical
little cat is moreover very social: they need only a few minutes to create a bond
of mutual attraction. It is an elf that leaps all of a sudden on your shoulders
and there lays down purring. The Devon Rex is particular not only for its curious
and amazing appearance but also for its character so out of the common run, it
is a big cuddlesome little dear, so that its greatest desire is that to be between
the arms of its master (if possible under his sweater or his blankets) that it
adores and to who it does never lack affection and purring. A very lively and
curious cat, it does not take to being alone,infact, its dependence on man is
total not only because needing a lot of affection, but because without his care
it could never survive. It loves to play and one can teach them, without difficulty,
to bring back objects thrown. It is always on the look-out and careful of what
is happening around it: it picks up,thanks to its big ears, every little noise.
IDEAL DEVON REX
appearance of the Devon Rex is very peculiar and atypical.
The body, solid
and muscular, is slender and of medium height with an ample chest. The head, of
small size, is slightly longer than wide,and its short muzzle is well developed,
with a strong chin, prominent cheek-bones and whisker-pads. The ears, which are
very wide at the base, are large in proportion to its head and they end like rounded
triangles, their exterior covered with fine hair, which inside is very sparse.
The eyes are large, well spaced, in the shape of a lemon and slanted toward the
outside of the ear, their color is in keeping with their coat. The paws, of medium
fine bone structure, are long and support little oval feet (the rear appear longer
with respect to the front). The tail, of medium-thin proportions, is long, tapers
to a point and is well covered with short wavy hair. The hair is short with a
fine and wavy texture. The eyebrows and the whiskers are ruffled, coarse,and of
COLOR OF THE HAIR
particularity of the Devon Rex does not concern the color of the coat, but its
texture and lenght: it has short and wavy hair. The shade which characterizes
the basic color is very varied: infact all the variations of color and patterns
are being accepted, including the two-tone and the coat with the points of a Siamese
Devon Rex shows availability, cheerfulness and vivaciousness only when it knows
it can trust its own master. To win its trust it is necessary to follow some little
suggestions. It is by nature very trusting but they love cosy and concealed places
not because of shyness, but because it loves the warmth; it needs a lot of security
and therefore, when one welcomes him into ones own home, one must not forget to
create a little nest for it.Its bodily cleaning does not require a lot of work
because its hair is very short and it keeps itself perfectly clean by itself.Instead
the cleaning of its ears merits particular attention: being almost without hair
it is easy for them to become receptacles for dust. The important thing is to
avoid colds, for it is in the wintertime one must not forget to put a little wool
coat on it, but only in cold places and outside the house. Furthermore, if it
must be entered in a cat show, the bath must be given 2 or 3 days before, otherwise
its hair will not lay close to its skin. One last trick in regards to its feeding:on
account of a robust and excessive appetite it is often subject to intestinal disturbances;to
avoid this risk, it is necessary to give it many small meals and to subdivide
its food into small quantities.
"IL GRANDE LIBRO DEI GATTI DI RAZZA",
di Milena Band Brunetti, De Vecchi Editore.
very much to my friend Vincenzo Gioia for translation from Italian to English.