Cat breeds (D-E)
Cats, cats, cats but which cat is the right cat?
The Devon Rex is a breed of cat with a curly, very soft short coat similar to that of the Cornish Rex. The first Devon Rex was found in 1960 by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK in the midst of a litter of kittens near an abandoned tin mine. Devon’s, which are medium sized cats, are often called “pixie cats” or “alien cats” because of their unique appearance. Their unusual ears are large and slightly rounded and are set low on the sides of their wide heads, their eyes are large, and their noses are somewhat upturned.
Unlike most cats their whiskers are very short and often curled to such a degree that it may look as if they have no whiskers at all. Their body type is lightly built. Their lengthy, powerful legs are apt for long leaps, and their toes are uncommonly large. Devon Rex cats come in all colours. The Devon is lively, playful, humorous, and very people oriented and likes to be in high up places.
The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed of Russian origin. This breed was discovered by cat breeder Elena Kovaleva in 1987 when she found a hairless cat in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
This cat is medium sized and muscular, with large ears, almond shaped eyes and distinct long, webbed toes. They need common grooming, in spite of not having a coat. Over-bathing can cause the skin to become very oily.
The Dragon Li, also called Chinese Li Hua, China Li Hua, Li Hua, Li Hua Mau, Li Hua Mao is a Chinese Cat breed. The Dragon Li displays a exclusive golden brown, broken mackerel also known as broken striped tabby pattern, distinguishing ear tipping, large round almond shaped bright yellow/green eyes, and a strong full bodied stature indicative of its wild nature. The Dragon Li is valued for its unique intelligence, an uncanny awareness in relation to its surroundings, and its ability to interact with humans. These cats love to play and enjoy being the centre of attention, are very adaptable.
Egyptian Maus are a small to medium sized short-haired cat breed they are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cat. The spots of the Mau are only on the coat. There are no spots on the skin. The spotted Mau is an ancient breed from natural stock its look has not changed notably as is evidenced by artwork over 3000 years old.
In Ancient Egypt, Maus were used for hunting due to their bird like voices. They were small enough to not carry away the prey for themselves and were able to alert hunters to the location of the prey without scaring it off.
Egyptian Maus are typically slender and muscular and they are thought to be one of the parent breeds of the modern domestic cat. They have anatomical, metabolic, and behavioural differences from other cat breeds. Some anatomical differences are their legs which are somewhat shorter in the front than in the back. They also have a skin fold under the belly, which helps them when running by allowing the legs to stretch back farther.
The Mau is a loyal, friendly, but slightly dog-like cat. Maus are more temperature sensitive than most breeds, they like very warm temperatures.
The European shorthair or Celtic shorthair is a breed of short-haired cat originating in Sweden. The European Shorthair is a muscular, medium-sized to large cat, with a broad, well-muscled chest. The strong legs are average length and the paws are round. The tail is fairly thick at the base, tapering to a rounded point.
The relatively large head is rounded, with well-built jowls. The ears are medium sized; they are as long as they are broad at the base, with slightly rounded tip. They are quite wide-set and upright. The eyes are round and may be of any colour. The European Shorthair’s thick coat is short, soft and silken.
The Exotic Shorthair is a breed of cat developed to be a shorthaired version of the Persian. They appeal to people who like the personality of a Persian but do not want the bother of grooming a long-haired cat. The easier to handle coat has made some label the Exotic Shorthair as the lazy person’s Persian. The Exotic Shorthair is alike to the Persian in many ways, such as personalities but they are more lively, with the exception of the short dense coat.