Nobilero Devon Rex and Sphynx Cats  

Breeder of Devon Rex and Sphynx cats and kittens in Devon, England, UK.

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GCCF Standard of Points - Devon Rex

This is the Standard of Points issued by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in the United Kingdom.  It differs only very slightly from the original Standard developed towards the latter end of the 1960's

Head
Short, broad wedge with high cheek bones. Strong muzzle with firm chin and a well defined whisker break. Short nose with definite stop. Forehead curving back to a flat skull.

Ears
Large, set low and wide apart, very wide at base, tapering to rounded tips and well covered with fine fur. With or without short ear muffs around base and tufts on tips which should not be confused with streamers and ear furnishings seen in semi longhair breeds.

Eyes
Wide set, large, oval shaped and sloping towards outer edges of ears. Any colour acceptable.

Neck, Body & Legs
Slender neck. Body hard and muscular, slender and of medium length. Broad chest, carried high on slim legs, with length of hind legs emphasised. Paws small and oval.

Tail
 Long, fine and tapering, well covered with short fur.

Coat
Short, dense and soft in texture and of even length on the body. The coat must be waved or rippled, particularly on the back, sides and tail and waving may also extend down the legs, the coat on the head and neck, over the shoulders and on the legs and paws is sometimes too short to wave.  Rexing in these areas is desirable but absence of it is not a withholding fault.   A few short guard hairs are acceptable. Whiskers and eyebrows crinkled, rather coarse and of medium length and may sometimes be stubbly.

Colours
Colour and pattern are irrelevant and carry no points therefore a cat should not be penalised if apparently wrongly registered.

Scale of Points (amended with effect from 1.6.06)

Head                 25

Ears                  10

Eyes                   5

Body and legs  20

Tail                      5

Coat                  35

Total                100

Withhold all awards for cats displaying the longhair gene.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes:

1. Too long, too short, straight or loosely waved coat.

2. Bare or sparse patches in Adults.*

3. The presence of a significant amount of guard hairs affecting the texture  of the coat.

4. Narrow, long or round head.

5. Straight profile.

6. Small or high set ears.

7. Undershot or overshot jaw and/or uneven bite.

8. Any defect as listed in the preface to this S.O.P. booklet.

Faults:

1. Bare or sparse patches in kittens.*

2. Cobby body.

3. Lack of firm muscle.

4. Excessively weak chin.

5. Short tail that detracts from overall balance.

* Many Devon Rex cats have down on the under parts. This should not be misinterpreted as bareness.

A few extras

The sternum is visible and protrudes rather more than in other breeds, giving the cat a distinctive bow legged appearance to the front legs.  The Devon's wavy coat, of course, is the most well known feature.  It should be short on the back, sides, upper legs and tail and very short on the head, ears, neck, paws, chest and abdomen. There are often areas where the coat is finer, or even non existent, particularly on the abdomen and chest.  Most Devon Rex afficionadoes take great delight in blowing raspberries on the bald belly of their Rexes.  Whilst this is not considered a fault in kittens, baldness in showing adults is a withholding fault.  The coat can often take several years to fully develop into its full glory, indeed my Grand Champion Nobilero Cable Seadreamer was almost 7 before he achieved his best quality coat.

Kirlee carried the longhair gene and Persians were used as outcrosses in the early development of the breed so it is no wonder that we often see Devons with too much coat.  This can vary from the appearance of having wooly breeches and a plumed tail to looking like a new breed of Rex with long hair.

Due to the outcrossing programme undertaken by many breeders, almost every colour is available in the Devon Rex from White to Black Self, Tabbies in all types, pointed, bi-colours and just about everything inbetween.