Comparison Introduction What would make a Cornish Rex different from a Devon Rex different from a Sphynx? Is it just the coat or lack of? On first appearance to a spectator that would be a logical summary... and Mother Nature did intend for some similarities as they are all MUTATIONS. There are similarities to head, coat and body type...
Point Allocations CORNISH Head Head - 25 points divided among five features (5 points ea.) Body Body - 30 points, torso with most points (10), twice as much as other body features. Coat Coat - 40 points, half of that for wave/extent of wave. Color Color - 5 points.DEVON Head Head – 35 points with size/shape (10) and ears (10) accounting for almost 2/3rd of total head. Body Body - 30 points, torso and legs/paws accounting for 10 points each. Coat Coat - 30 points divided among three characteristics. Color Color - 5 points.SPHYNX Head Head - 35 points, ears accounting for twice the points of any other feature. Body Body - 35 points, chest (10) abdomen/rump (10) accounting for almost 2/3 of total body. Coat/Skin Coat/Skin - 30 points. Color Color – 0 (zero) points.
Head Comparison CORNISH Egg shaped 1/3 longer than wide Definite whisker breakDEVON Modified wedge 3 narrowing convex circles Slightly longer than broad Prominent whisker pads Flat skullSPHYNX Modified wedge Slightly longer than wide Distinct whisker break Slightly rounded skull
Nose Break Comparison CORNISH Mild SmoothDEVON Strongly marked stopSPHYNX Slight to moderate Palpable stop
Nose Break Comparison
Muzzle Comparison CORNISH Narrows slightly to rounded endDEVON Short Well developed Rounded and CurvedSPHYNX Squared appearance due to prominent cheekbones/whisker pads
Cheekbones Comparison CORNISH High and prominent Well chiseledDEVON Prominent Pronounced Full-cheekedSPHYNX Prominent Rounded Curve above whisker break
Chin Comparison CORNISH Strong Well-developed In profile straight line from nose to chinDEVON Strong Well-developed Lines up vertically with nose in profileSPHYNX Strong Well-developed Perpendicular line with upper lip
Eye Comparison CORNISH Medium to large Full eye’s width apart Oval - slanting slightly upward Color appropriate to coat colorDEVON Large - wide set Oval - sloping towards outer edge of ears Any eye color acceptable (pointed generally blue; mink generally aqua).SPHYNX Large - wide set at least one eye’s width apart Lemon-shaped - wide-open center comes to a point on each side Aligns with outer base of ear Color immaterial
Ears Comparison CORNISH Large Full from the base Set high on headDEVON Strikingly large Very low set Very wide at baseSPHYNX Large to very large Broad at base Neither low set nor on top of head
Body Comparison CORNISH Small to medium - fine, delicate boning Long slender torso - not tubular Chest deep but not broad General outline of graceful arches and curves Tucked up appearance/smallish waistlineDEVON Medium length - slender and muscular Chest broad Medium fine boningSPHYNX Medium length - muscular Broad rounded chest Full round abdomen Rump well rounded Medium boning
Neck Comparison CORNISH Long and slenderDEVON Medium long and slenderSPHYNX Medium long - rounded Well muscled Slight arch
Feet Comparison CORNISH Dainty Slightly ovalDEVON Small and ovalSPHYNX Oval Well knuckled toes Thick paw pads
Tail Comparison CORNISH Long Slender Tapering toward endDEVON Long Fine and taperingSPHYNX Long Slender Flexible Tapers to a fine point
Legs Comparison CORNISH Very long and slender Stands high on legs Well muscled thighsDEVON Long, slim but sturdy Hind legs somewhat longer than front Body carried high on legsSPHYNX Medium Rear legs slightly longer than front Sturdy Well-muscled
Coat Comparison CORNISH No guard hairs Tight - uniform marcel wave Relatively dense Extremely soft textureDEVON Guard hairs are present but few in number Loose - rippled wave Soft, fine and full bodied texture Well covered but usually denser in some parts than othersSPHYNX Hairless appearance but can have short, fine hair on feet, outer edges of ears and tail. Bridge of nose is normally coated, body completely hairless or can have short covering of 1/8 inch long Wrinkled skin desirable
Colors Comparison CORNISH Standard specifies seven solid colors, three tabby patterns, silvers, smokes, bi-colors, tortoiseshell, calico, blue-cream and pointed. Other Rex Color class is for any other color or pattern. Nineteen separate color classesDEVON Standard specifies that any genetically possible color and pattern or combination thereof are allowable Devon Rex colors. Four separate color classesSPHYNX One color class. All colors and patterns found in felines with exception of colors/patterns that are defined by the degree of color on the hair shaft
Comparison Conclusion As you can see, these three breeds, while some attributes are similar, still remain distinctly unique, both in presentation and background. While all are considered the "mutants" of the feline world, it is their individual mutation that makes them so unique.
Comparison Conclusion We hope you have found this presentation to be both informative and educational. The Devon Rex, Cornish Rex and Sphynx Breed Councils thank each and every one of you for allowing this presentation to take place.