Sphynx Cat History

The Sphynx cat is the first hairless cat breed that has been bred specifically for that trait. The breeding program began in 1966 in Ontario, Canada when a pet cat gave birth to a hairless male kitten. However, most Sphynx cats born today are descended from three hairless kittens found in Toronto in 1978.

Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cats have a narrow, long head, and webbed feet. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on the Sphynx cat's skin. Because they have no fur they lose more body heat than coated cats; this makes them warm to the touch, and prone to finding warm places.

Sphynx Cat Care Facts

Though Sphynx cats lack a coat to shed or groom, they are not maintenance-free. Body oils, which would normally be absorbed by the hair, tend to build up on the skin. As a result, regular bathing is usually necessary weekly or bi-weekly..

  • Susceptible to ear wax buildup
  • Susceptible to feeling the cold and their skin can get injured easily if not maintained
  • More likely to suffer from sunburn
  • Require regular bathing to keep their coat clean and skin oils minimized

Sphynx Health Issues

Generally speaking, the Sphynx cat is a sturdy and healthy breed overall but there are a couple of disorders owners should know about...

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve dysplasia
  • Skin problems including rashes and fungal infections.
Sphynx Cat Overview

Sphynx Characteristics

  • Affection Level High
  • Friendliness High
  • Kid-Friendly Medium
  • Pet-Friendly High
  • Exercise Needs Medium
  • Playfulness High
  • Energy Level Medium
  • Intelligence High
  • Tendency to Vocalize Medium
  • Amount of Shedding Low/None

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