Well a lot has happened since I last updated. On June 29, 2016 I flew to Canada to pick up Raya's Hot Stuff of Gaia, aka "Pepper". He will be the first stud that I will be allowed to use at my cattery. My mentor Sue Perkins got him from Yvette Hout's cattery Raya. He is a Red Mackerel Tabby with white.
I cannot wait until I am able to mate him with the female that I co-own with my mentor Sue Perkins. Her name is Gaia Indigo Moon of Kirleecoat, aka "Smurfette". She is a Blue Devon Rex. I have a feeling they are going to make beautiful kittens. I have already had inquires about when I will have kittens available. Of course that depends on many things. First I am waiting on Smurfette to be 18 months old (9/18/2016). That is the age that I have decided is appropriate to breed her. I also have to have her blood typed and checked for polycystic Kidney Disease and Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, these are both genetic issues associated with the Devon Rex Breed. I then must wait on Pepper to reach sexual maturity. That is anywhere from 5 months to 10 months of age. He is currently 5 months old. Then I have to wait on mother nature to do her part.
I will update again at a later date.....Stay tuned : )
The Devon Rex is a breed of cat with a curly, very soft short coat similar to that of the Cornish Rex. They are often associated with being one of the most hypoallergenic cats available because of their type of coat. However, they are technically not hypoallergenic.
The first Devon was discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK, in 1960. The breed was initially thought to be linked with the Cornish Rex; however, test mating proved otherwise. Cats have three types of hair: guard hair, awn hair, and down hair. The Devon Rex's coat is unusual because there is little guard hair.
The typical Devon is active, mischievous, playful, and very people-oriented. They have been described as a cross between a cat, a dog and a monkey (or, more famously, as "a monkey in a cat suit"). They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them. With this trait, they are often found in odd nooks and crannies of a closet, shelf, or laundry basket. Devons prefer to be in high places and will go to great lengths to get to the highest spot in a room. They are relatively easy to take care of. Most Devons also have one central person to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie and rub. They like to playfully nip, and love to play throughout their lives.
They are a very intelligent breed; the typical Devon Rex can be trained to walk on a leash, fetch or perform all manner of tricks usually associated with canines, like jump, heel and tag to name a few.
Another common trait is their show of affection: they have a particular penchant for being close to the head or neck of their human companions and can often be found mounted upon one's shoulder or nestled into the cranny created by the neck and shoulder when one is prone. The Devon Rex is a faithful companion and will usually follow the object of their affection from room to room, waiting for the opportunity to leap onto their arms, lap, or shoulder.