Hairless cats for special people. Sphynx cats are perhaps the world's rarest and most unusual cats. A sphynx feels like a warm peach. They have very slight hair on their bodies and sometimes a little hair growth on the extremities.
Sphynx have dominant personalities and thrive on lots of attention. They are loving to the max and hate to be alone. A sphynx will practically turn somersaults as long as you are watching and it seems that they understand everything you say to them.
Many people who have allergies can live with Sphynx cats. Sphynx make wonderful pets even if you are not allergic.
Limited availability of kittens.
In 1966, in Toronto, a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless cat. It was discovered to be a natural mutation and the Sphynx cat, as we know it today, came into existence. This cat and a few other naturally hairless cats, have been found worldwide. These have magically been produced by mother nature are the foundation for the breed. Cat breeders in Europe and North America have bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and then back to hairless for the past thirty years. The purpose of these breedings was to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor.
(Pictured at right: Black and White Male Sphynx: Shaineh's Bart Skinson of Apaws)
The Sphynx is not actually totally hairless, there is fine down on the body which feels like a warm peach. Some light hair is often present on the nose, tail and toes. Sphynx cats have been likened to a suede hot water bottle, a horse's warm muzzle or a heated chamois. They come in every colour that a cat comes in and the colour is seen in the pigment of the skin and the few hairs that they do have. One of the questions most asked is "Don't they get cold?". Well, of course, if it is too cold for you it will be too cold for a hairless cat too. However, these cats are smart enough to find a warm human, dog or cat to curl up with or they will get under your bed covers.
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|This is a substantial cat, medium sized but strong. An adult female will weigh 7-8 lbs. and a male around 10 lbs. Sphynx have good muscle development and should have a bit of a belly as if they just finished dinner. They have an open-eyed, intelligent face and a friendly expression. Because of the lack of hair which would normally absorb body oils, the Sphynx needs to be bathed periodically. This is not a difficult task with a cat that has been used to a bath from kittenhood and it takes no time at all to dry a Sphynx. Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual's allergic reactions, there are still people who can not live with this breed.|
Sphynx cats love to be looked at. They perform silly antics for your entertainment and are sometimes downright clumsy...on purpose it seems. They make great show cats because of this "look at me" attitude. These cats prefer human attention but are great with dogs, and other cats. They love kids, grandparents and the delivery boy. They are always with you, on you or showing off for you. Love Mooch is the perfect term for these amazing cats.
This is one of the most rare and unusual breeds in the Cat Fancy today. There are very few breeders and so the availability of pet kittens is extremely limited.
CFA Sphynx Breed Profile
written by Lynne Thomas / Shaineh Cattery
CFA Sphynx Breed Liaison
CFA Sphynx Breed Standard
TICA Sphynx Breed Standard