In the U.S. in 1979. was legalized the difference between Devon Rex from Cornish Rex. After that the cat’s Organization (CFA) and the international Association of cat fanciers(TICA) recognized the new breed. The efforts of the Association TICA in 1988. and developed a breed standard Devon Rex.

Currently there are two types of Devon Rex is European and American.

As a rule, European Devon Rex have more right to Devon’s body type — long legs, long, slender neck, long tail, and large low set ears, but at the same time, often with a long muzzle and a “weak” stop. R the American Devon can be attributed as an advantage of a shorter muzzle and a pronounced stop, strong and wide chest, and as the disadvantage of short legs, a short tail, short powerful neck. All associations standards allow the presence of Devon Rex cat among all possible colors and eye colors, focusing only on the fact that the color-points must have the appropriate blue eyes, and Tonkinese / Minky – aquamarine.Due to the fact that the breed is young enough Devon Rex are not judged separately by color, at exhibitions for them apply colors group, respectively, only one representative from each group will be able to receive the title of ‘Best in Variety’.

For example, in FIFe it’s 9 groups of colors:

  • Group 1 – black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn and the same colours in the form of “smoky”.
  • Group 2 – all listed in group 1 colors with any amount of white.
  • Group 3 – red, cream and all colors of their participation (black and chocolate tortoiseshell, blue-cream, lilac-cream, derived from cinnamon and fawn turtles), as well as all of these colours with tabby (any pattern), including Golden and silver tabby.
  • Group 4 – all listed in group 3, the colors in combination with any amount of white.
  • Group 5 – black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn tabby with (with any picture), and the colors silver and Golden tabby.
  • Group 6 — all listed in the 5 group colors in combination with any amount of white.
  • Group 7 – all points (including Tonkinese and Burmese colors), including tabby points, smoke points, silver and Golden tabby point.
  • Group 8— all listed in the group of 7 colors in combination with any amount of white.
  • Group 9 – white color (without separation by color eyes).

While in CFA it’s just 4 groups of colour varieties:

  • Single color (white, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, red, cream)
  • Tabby (all colours with tabby, including silver and tortoiseshell)
  • The bicolors (all the possible colors in combination with any amount of white, except for the presence of a white locket)
  • “other” colors (which includes the color-point, mincey, tortoiseshell and any other colors not included in previous 3 groups, including one with a white locket).

Devon Rex breed standard

General form.

General formCats of this breed have a unique appearance. Large eyes, rounded head, short muzzle, prominent cheekbones and huge, like butterfly wings, low-set ears make them look like elves. Thin, delicate, soft wool with a small short wave well covered with subtle body Devon Rex. Wool has a unique texture, as the mutation is different from all other types of wool long enough and cultivated. Devon Rex takes a keen interest in everything around him, he is mobile and active.


Head modified wedge. If viewed from the front, this wedge is outlined by three tapering convex curves: outer edge of ears, cheekbones and whisker pads. High cheekbones, a small, round shape with full cheeks. Head width Devon Rex is almost equal to its Length. Strong chin with a short pinch in the muzzle. When viewed in profile the nose stop is clearly pronounced forehead, rounding back, goes into a flat skull. Muzzle short and well developed. Protruding whisker pads. Nose length is a maximum of 1/4 of the total length of the head. Pretty nifty the neck is of medium length and thickness. The whiskers and eyebrows are curled, medium length and quite thick.


Ears devon rexThe cat color harlequin 1 is Incredibly large, very widely and are set low, so that the outside base of the ear is below the line of the wedge, with rounded tips, broad at the base. Ears well covered with fine fur, they can be ear muffs (wool at the base of the ears) and brush, like a lynx.


Set far apart, oval shaped, large, clear, brilliant, with their outer corners are flush with the outer bases of the ears. Uniform, intense eye color should match the coat colour or, except Devon Rex Siamese, to be yellow, Golden-green or green.

Type.Sturdy, compact.Body.Muscular and heavy (by weight), with a fairly fine-boned, graceful, with broad chest, medium length. Cats Devon Rex cats are larger, but without disturbing the General proportions.The legs and feet.The limbs are elegant, but strong, rear slightly longer than the front. Paws are oval and small.Tail.Long, straight, well covered with short fur, thin and pointed.Wool.

Very short, wavy, thin and soft, with no visible guard hairs. The shortest on the breast, limbs, head, tail and belly, but a little longer on the face, thighs, sides and back. Should fully cover the body. Especially thick on the back, legs, muzzle, cheeks and ears, flanks, tail less thick at the neck, the top of the head, chest and abdomen. Many Devon Rex at the bottom of the hull wool is very sparse — it should not be considered as baldness. Thin coat in front of the bases of the ears are also not a disadvantage. The effect of waviness is particularly noticeable on the back and tail, and especially obvious when holding the hand on the fur (“elastic” wool), “Rexona”. Open to all of the hair colors, including varieties with white in any quantity. Possible little white spots even in colors that are normally not allowed. Individuals with Siamese color are called si-Rex (Si-rex).

Color.Allowed all colors.Disadvantages.

A shaggy or smooth coat; bald patches in kittens are considered to be a deficiency but in adult animals is a serious defect; long narrow head; squat body; insufficient strength of muscles; small or high set ears; short, bare or bushy tail; white markings in a Siamese color.


Extensive baldness, abnormal or crease the tail, incorrect number of toes, crossed eyes, weak hind legs. Any signs of disease or ill health.


In a planned breeding work allowed cross-breeding with the American Shorthair or British Shorthair cats. Kittens born after 1 may 2013, parents may have only Devon Rex.