Sphynx Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Sphynx Cats, read about the Sphynx Breed information, find out about the Sphynx Breed Standard, Sphynx behavior and lots more about Sphynxs.

Sphynx Cat Breed Introduction

The Sphynx cat breed has one great distinguishing characteristic: these cats are utterly hairless, like little wrinkly cat versions of Chihuahuas.

Sphynx Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Generally, Sphynxes like being with humans, but they are also said to get along with other animals, including dogs.

Remember that as a hairless cat, a Sphynx cat is just as likely as you to get cold, so be ready to cuddle up in cold weather.

Sphynx Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Sphynx breed based on the Cat Fanciers' Association breed standard.

  • Head: slightly longer than wide, with pronounced cheekbones
  • Ears: big, standing up straight and wide open
  • Eyes: big, pointed at the sides
  • Body: medium-long and muscular
  • Legs: medium-sized, muscular
  • Paws: oval-shaped with five toes in front and four in back
  • Tail: long, slim, and tapered
  • Coat: hairless except for a short and very fine coating on the feet, tail and a few other areas

Sphynx History

Source: Cat Fanciers' Association Breed Profile and Wikipedia (March 2006)

Like many of the other cat breeds developed in North America in the last decades of the twentieth century, the Sphynx breed owes its existence to a spontaneous mutation. The mutation occurred in a single cat in Toronto in 1966. Other cats around the world have also been hairless due to genetic mutation. Various such cats were brought together to create the Sphynx breed. Over thirty years, hairless cats were bred with non-hairless cats, and the offspring were bred back to hairless cats, as breeders took care to preserve the hairless characteristic while ensuring a broad, diverse gene pool.

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