Have you ever wanted a monkey in your house? Then you may just want to take a look at the charming Devon Rex cat breed. These playful, good natured little cats have been frequently compared to monkeys or mischievous children.
These cats have over-sized ears, enormous eyes and a bit of a pug nose. This combination of features makes the Devon look like a naughty fairy tale creature or a fun loving monkey.
This breed is on the small side, weighing in at a delicate six to nine pounds. There is nothing delicate, however, about the breed's build. Despite their small size, these cats have powerful, compact bodies and are actually quite sturdy.
The Devon is generally not prone to serious health problems. This is because over the years, breeders have been proactive in introducing additional cats into the gene pool. The Devon Rex line has been made stronger by crossbreeding the Devon to both American and British Shorthairs, which are two very sturdy and healthy breeds.
The Devon loves to cuddle. It may be just their friendly nature, or it may be because they have a coat that is much less heavy than the coats you'll find on most other cats.
Whatever the reason, these cats generally love to snuggle up on the nearest available lap. They will often even crawl right under the covers, presumably to stay warm at night.
When you put your hands on one of these cats, you may think they have a higher body temperature than other cat breeds. While it may feel that way, this breed simply emits more heat because there is less hair covering its body.
The coats are so thin that even a full grown Devon can have some areas that are almost hairless. In fact, kittens developing an adult coat may end up completely bare for a time as they shed their old coat.
If you are looking for a placid, well behaved cat that is content to meet you at the door when you come home from a hard day's work, then this cat is not the right choice for you. These cats will get into more trouble than a houseful of other cats when they are left alone for long periods of time.
These cats like to help their owners do everything. Don't be surprised if your Devon insists on riding around on your shoulder as you tidy up the house. Your Devon will insist on helping you put away groceries or prepare meals. Since Devons are also the chow hounds of the cat world, this cat breed's naughty antics often involve food left on the kitchen counters.
Since this breed has such a light coat, there's not much to do in the way of grooming. You may want to use a grooming glove to remove loose hair once a week or more.
Instead of bathing your Devon Rex, you may want to just wipe him down with a damp cloth once a month to avoid having him become chilled (cats don't normally need a bath anyway).
If you want a fun loving cat who never seems to grow old, then the Devon Rex may just be the perfect breed for you and your family.