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Sphynx Cat - A Hairless Cat Breed

The Sphynx cat breed is known for being hairless. The most contemporary and common breed of Sphynx is the Canadian Sphynx. This breed was started in 1996 in Toronto with the birth of the first hairless kitten named Prune to a mother named Elizabeth.

 Sphynx Cats

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Canadian and Egypt

Other names: None
Nickname: None

Origin: Canada, Egypt
Life Span: Up to 20 years
Litter: Average 4 kittens
Weight 8 to 10 lbs.
Colors: solid color, tabby, point coloring or tortoise shell and other mutations.
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The Sphynx cat breed is known for being hairless. The most contemporary and common breed of Sphynx is the Canadian Sphynx. This breed was started in 1996 in Toronto with the birth of the first hairless kitten named Prune to a mother names Elizabeth. However, hairless cats have been around throughout Europe as far back as the 1960s. The present day Sphynx is believed to be a creation of Mother Nature and special breeders. 


This cat that is believed to be hairless is not totally hairless. The skin feels like a soft chamois cloth, kind of soft with a sparse downy layer of hairs. These cats can be very cuddly as a way to huddle up and keep warm because of their lack of a full fur coat. They may even choose to sleep under your covers at night to keep warm. Because they are lacking in fur, this kitty is warm to the touch but does get cold easily.

Their color can vary with the Sphynx from a solid color, tabby, point coloring or tortoise shell and other mutations. They do have whiskers and eyebrows but may not be very long. Their heads are a wedge-shape and sturdy, they have lengthy solid, muscular bodies and pot bellies. The Sphynx can grow to be between 8 and 10 lbs and although they are hairless, they are not necessarily hypoallergenic. It is dander, which they have, and not fur that causes allergies in people.

This is a very curious, intelligent, affectionate and high-energy cat. They can get into a lot of trouble if not given enough activities, games, toys and human interaction. They also fit into homes with children and other pets. This cat does well with a companion animal to avoid boredom and mischievous behavior. They are not fond of being left alone. The Sphynx however is a big show off and will do so with your guests and close family members. They are very loyal and devoted to those they love.

People assume these hairless breeds do not need grooming, which they don’t require in the same sense as those with fur but they do need daily maintenance. Their skin lets off an oily sebaceous secretion that can get around the home, leaving a musty smell. The skin can also get tacky and develop acne without proper grooming. Daily sponging and wiping dry each day is all that is needed in most cases, along with cleaning the ears free from oil buildup that can lead to infections and other disturbances. This is a cat that most often likes water and baths.

The Sphynx do have a ravenous appetite and because of their high metabolism should be fed good size portions daily. As the cat ages and slows down, the food will need to be modified to avoid obesity, although this is not a common problem with this cat. This breed on the other hand does not have any major health concerns. It should be protected from the weather elements; both cold winters and hot summers and the sun because of their lack of fur. If going out in the cold, protect it with a coat or sweater and in summer apply cat-safe sun block to avoid sunburn.

As with any other breed of cat, feed a proper high protein diet, give your pet proper veterinary care and follow a recommended vaccination regimen to protect it from feline disease. With such adamant care of your Sphynx, you can have a loyal, loving, fun and active feline family member for as many as 20 years.


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