In 1959 in Devonshire, England, an odd-looking kitten with big ears and curly hair was born. Named “Kirlee,” he became the forefather of the entire breed of Devon Rexes. Because the breed is so young, it is carefully cross bred with American and British Shorthair cats to enlarge the Devon Rex gene pool.
The Devon Rex is a mid-sized cat, with hair coat ranging from loose waves to curls. Their large, low set ears and cute pixie-like face combine to give them a look that is irresistible. The Devon Rex is a breed that requires a patient owner with a good sense of humor, as they are incurably curious and mischievous. Their short hair coat makes them heat seekers, and you may wake up in the morning to find them cuddling with you under the covers. They are highly social and enjoy the company of their families, and even while they are driving you nuts, they are stealing your heart.
While they are a relatively new breed, Devon Rexes are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Devon Rexes are prone to include immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis; infections such as feline infectious peritonitis; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; knee issues such as patellar luxation; and heart troubles such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Devon Rex has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a good sense of humor, you’re covered.