The Devon Rex is a breed that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. They’re most well known for their slender bodies, short and wavy coat, and very big ears, giving them a pixie-like appearance.
The Devon Rex is a bit of an unusual breed, unlike other breeds, they have very little guard hair, giving them a very different coat than most other cats.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the different colorations and patterns this unusual coat can have. There are many different coat variations, so there’s plenty to choose from.
However, before you can make a proper choice on which color is your favorite, it’s essential that you know what each color looks like. That’s what this guide will help you with. Let’s dig into the world of Devon Rex colors!
Solid Devon Rex Colors
The first Devon Rex colors that we’re going to take a look at are the solid colors. Solid means that their entire coat is the same color. It’s important that we clarify a little bit what these solid colors mean because they’re an important part of the patterns as well.
The White Devon Rex stands out because of its pure, glistening, white coat. In order for a Devon Rex to be considered a solid white their coat needs to be without any other colors and without markings. Furthermore, their nose leather and paw pads should be pink.
Solid white Devon Rex cats are quite high in demand because they’re so visually appealing and are relatively rare.
The Black Devon Rex has a coat that’s described as being a dense coal-black color. The coat should be completely black all the way from the roots to the tip of the hairs. This means that there should be no other colorations and no “rust” on their coat.
The nose leather of the Black Devon Rex should be black, with the paw pads being black or brown.
The Blue Devon Rex has a coat that’s blue in color. Many people mistake blue Devon Rexes with gray Devon Rexes. The mistake is easy to make because the Blue Devon Rex’s coat looks quite gray. However, gray is not an officially recognized color for the Devon Rex; if you see a Rex that looks gray it’s officially classified as blue.
Just like its coat, the paw pads and nose leather of this coloration are blue.
The Red Devon Rex has a beautiful red coat. Their coat should be red all throughout without any other colors or markings. In addition, their lips and chin are the same color as their coat. Their paw pads and nose leather are a beautiful brick red coloration.
To some people, their coat looks more orange than red so they’re also often referred to as the orange Devon Rex, the official name for them is red, though.
Cream Devon Rexes are characterized by a coat that’s a buff cream color. Their coat should be the same color throughout without any markings or other colorations. In cat shows, lighter shades of cream are preferred and receive higher ratings.
The paw pads and nose leather of these cats are pink.
A chocolate Devon Rex has a chestnut brown coat that’s solid throughout. There should not be any markings or other colorations present. They have brown nose leather and brown or cinnamon-colored paw pads.
Lavender Devon Rexes have a frosty-gray coat with a pink hue. This color should be sound all the way through, meaning that the cat should not have any other colorations or markings. The nose leather and paw pads should be pink.
The Cinnamon Devon Rex has a cinnamon color uninterrupted by any other colors or markings. Their nose leather and paw pads are the same colors as their coat.
The cinnamon Devon Rex is quite rare.
The Fawn Devon Rex has a coat that’s a pale fawn color. Fawn is a light yellowish tan color. The lighter to color, the better. Just like other solid colors, the Fawn Devox Rex’s coat should be the same colors throughout.
The paw pads and nose leather should be the same color as the coat.
Tortoiseshell, also known as Tortie, is a Devon Rex color characterized by a coat that’s mostly black with patches that are red in color. These patches can be big or small and can be different shades of red.
An interesting fact about Tortoiseshells Devon Rexes is that they’re almost always female.
Devon Rex Patterns
Now that we’ve taken a look at the most popular solid colors that the Devon Rex can have, let’s take a look at the different patterns they can exhibit and what they mean.
The Devon Rex can also have a shaded pattern. Basically, what this means is that they have a white undercoat that’s tipped with a particular color. Usually, this tipping runs down the sides, face, and tail of the cat. They have a white chin, chest, and underside.
The Shaded Devon Rex’s pattern can have any of the solid colors mentioned above. In addition, their pattern can also have combination colors such as
- Tortoiseshell (including chocolate and cinnamon tortoiseshell)
The Devon Rex can also have a chinchilla pattern. Chinchilla means that each hair has a white root with a darker tip. With black tips, the cat looks like it’s silver in color. If the tips are brown, the cat looks like it’s a golden color. These colors are referred to as silver and golden chinchilla respectively.
The Devon Rex can also have other chinchilla patterns where the tip is one of the solid colors mentioned earlier.
The Smoke Devon Rex has a white undercoat with fur that’s deeply tipped with another color. A defining feature of the smoke pattern is that the cat appears to be a solid color while it’s standing still but once it starts moving the white undercoat becomes visible, giving them a very unique appearance.
The smoke pattern can occur in combination with any of the solid colors that have been mentioned earlier.
There are many tabby patterns that the Devon Rex can have. Tabby basically means that the cat’s fur is mottled or streaked with dark stripes. Here are all the different tabby patterns that the Devon Rex can have:
- Classic Tabby
- Mackerel Tabby
- Spotted Tabby
- Ticked Tabby
- Patched Tabby
Just like the other patterns, the tabby pattern can incorporate any of the beautiful solid colors that the Devon Rex can have.
The Devon Rex can also have a calico pattern. Calico cats have a tri-colored coat that’s usually between 25% and 75% white with big patches of red and black. Dilute calicos also exist, they have cream and gray patches instead. However, while the Calico pattern usually appears with red and black, the calico pattern can also occur with different colors such as fawn, lavender, blue, or chocolate.
But that’s not all, the Devon Rex can also be Van Calico, the difference between the two is that the Van variant’s patches of orange and black (or cream and gray if dilute) are only on the extremities, they typically have very few patches on the body.
I hope this overview told you everything you wanted to know about The Devon Rex’s colors and patterns! As you can see, there are quite a few different colors they can have and these colors are multiplied by the fact that they come in so many different patterns.
Because of this, no two Devon Rexes are the same and there’s a large variety of options to choose from for prospective Devon Rex owners.
I hope you’ve managed to choose your favorite. I know it’s hard. They’re all so beautiful!
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