history of the Devon Rex began in 1960 in Great Britain:
Cox found a kitten with a curly gray coat who lived in a
in a mine in Buckfastleigh (Devonshire). Curly-coated
cats had already been born
approximately ten years previously with the appearance of
the Cornish Rex or poodle cat.
Cox adopted the cat and called him Kirlee as a reminder
of his curly coat.
Kirlee was given to a Cornish Rex breeder but to their
great surprise the litter produced
only straight-coated kittens. This anomaly revealed that
the genetic originof the Devon and
Cornish coats is due to different genes, both recessive,
the result of a spontaneous mutation. .
Mis Cox then attempted to mate Kirlee with a female,
(who had in fact been sired by Kirlee and was therefore
the bearer of the rex gene):
the first generations of Devon Rex were born.
The Devon was officially recognized as a breed in 1967 by
Council of the Cat Fancy (the most important feline
association in Great Britain).
Thereafter several cats were exported to the United
States, where they were recognized
as a breed also by other associations. The Cat
Fanciers Association, for example,initially
did not consider the differences between the two Rex
it only granted the separate registration in 1979 and in
1983 allowed access to the championships
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