Devon Rex vs. Cornish Rex

The Cornish rex originated in Cornwall, in South England, and are domestic cats. They are well known for their curly-haired coat, which comes in various colors and lengths of hair. They are highly prone to shedding, and unfortunately, they are not hypoallergenic, so they may cause issues with people who suffer from allergies. The Cornish Rex has a distinct egg-shaped head and is small to a medium-sized cat. It is known to be very playful and active. 

The Devon Rex is an intelligent, long-eared cat with a slim body and a wavy coat. It has some similarities in its appearance compared to the Cornish rex; however, unlike the Cornish Rex, they are considered hypoallergenic because their hair absorbs the Fel d 1 protein. They are also low shedding.  


Devon Rex

The Devon rex cat has an unusual, beautiful wavy coat. They are not heavy cats and weigh between 6-9 pounds, and they are roughly 10-12 inches in length. Another striking feature is their tall ears which sit on an egg-shaped face which gives a naughty impression. They are not as common as other domestic breeds and are costly for buying and maintenance. They are available in various colors, including white, black, cream, red, cinnamon, and seal. 

Like Devon rex, Cornish rex has an average weight of 6-10 pounds and a length of 10-12 inches. They have small heads, and their eyes and ears look large compared to the size of their head. These cats have double coloration and are available in black/ebony, white, red/orange, and blue/grey. They have an egg-shaped head with bent hair caused by a mutation in their genes, their hair is fine, and their coat is thin, sensitive to low temperature.

Cornish Rex

Therefore it is advised to keep them indoors during colder months. They are adventurous and fun-loving. They are available in a variety of colors, including chocolate, white, orange, and other forms of tabby, Tortoiseshell, and ticking appearance. They also have a variety of eye colors, including aqua, amber, copper, blue and green. 


A maintenance schedule for a Devon rex is simple and easy. They have thin coats which can become greasy and need regular bathing. A mild shampoo and warm water may do wonders for their beauty and health. In addition, they require regular trimming of nails and cleaning of ears and eyes to prevent clogging up. It would be necessary to brush their teeth twice a week; otherwise, plaque may develop.

Another important point is their sensitivity to low temperature or cold environments, and this is because they have a thin coat. This also makes them a target of sunburn if kept in extreme sunlight for a long time, so don’t let them out in the sun for too long. 

The Cornish Rex is a low-maintenance cat. 

Its thin coat requires a minimal grooming schedule, and if you overgroom them can damage their delicate skin and hair. However, they will require regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing schedules. 


Cornish rex gets full marks in activity level and playfulness. Another important feature is their attraction and attachment with the owner. However, in terms of attitude with other pets and cats, they don’t mix well. They are hardly independent and depend heavily on their parents and owners for nourishment and care. 

In contrast, Devon rex is highly playful, naughty, and active. They are often described as a monkey in a catsuit. They love to run here and there, play extreme physical games, and jump to high places. They tend to develop affection for their owners and hang to their shoulders and neck. They don’t miss the opportunity to hug their owners and follow them wherever they go. Also, they love to play with other pets and do not engage themselves in fights. They also have “clownish” characteristics as they love to entertain people.

Suitable for 

Devon rex is suitable for a home that can offer them playmates and lots of toys. They also crave attention and tend to follow their owners everywhere; they would suit a household where someone is home regularly throughout the day. These cats have a thin coat and must be kept out of severe environmental conditions. 

Cornish rex cats love to climb and jump, so you must provide cat walls and furniture so they can have fun exploring.  

Which cat is right for you? 

If you are looking for a cat and suffer from allergies, unfortunately, this cat will not be suitable for you and does not mix well with other pets.  

As far as Devon rex breed is concerned, it is a great entertainer, and if you are looking for an energetic pet, then Devon rex may be a good option. A Devon Rex will get along with your other pets and children.