Welcome to Aroanui Devon Rex. Our own Devon heaven!
My Name is Sandie Aroha. I live in North Worcestershire with my partner Andrew and our extended Devon Rex family. I am a GCCF (The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) registered breeder. I am a member of several Rex Cat Breed Clubs and show my cats with both GCCF and TICA. My Prefix is Aroanui. It means LOVE! Arohanui is a Maori word, as with many Polynesian words, there is no direct meaning or translation into English. The literal meaning is BIG LOVE.or MUCH LOVE. Thats just how we feel about our Devons, they are our biggest love, a real passion. Life just
wouldn't be the same without them.
I've spent many years owning both pedigree and domestic Cats, working for a long time within Cat Rescue. Some years ago, I met my current partner Andrew, who sadly, is very allergic to most animal fur. At the time I owned three Persian Cats. Life for us was very difficult as he could only spend limited amounts of time in my home and had to take a great deal of medication to do that. My Girls lived until the ripe old age of 19 years and my Chinchilla Persian Boy passed away at the age of 17 years. Andrew and I eventually moved in together, but with no pets. Life without a Cat seemed un-thinkable, we are both animal lovers. So began my research, I'd heard many years before about these curious, curly coated little pixies called Devon Rex, not all, but some who have alleriges might be able to live with
one, it was worth a try!
Finally at Christmas in 2009 I spoke with Kath, a Devon only breeder, willing to let us test out the theory. Three weeks later, with much hope and excitement we met Amucci Bloo, the tiniest blue smoke boy, who sat in the palm of my hand, looked me in the eye and made a meow where no sound came out! Mooch as he became known, came to live with us 3 months later. At 18 weeks old we took him to his and our first ever Cat Show. He won his breed class (Devon Rex Kitten) Best of Breed and then went on to win 1st place in each of his 3 side classes, a red card day for our little Mooch and the start of a passion for this unique breed of cats that would last a lifetime!
A note about allergies. Despite the myth, Devons are not hypoallergenic, do not assume that everyone who is allergic to Cats will be able to live with a Devon Rex. Some will be lucky, some will be unlucky. The best way to find out is to spend time in the company of Devons. Visit a Devon only household several times before deciding whether they will be ok for you.
In 2013 I decided to breed these wonderful little pixies and hopefully give some of the joy they have given us, to others. It is my sole aim to breed Devon Rex Cats for health, temperament and type. Our breeding Cats are screened for any known genetic disorders associated with the Devon Rex breed and attend regular 6 monthly check ups for overall health.
HAPPY DEVONS, HAPPY OWNERS, HAPPY HOMES!
Much Love from Aroanui Devon Rex