• Intelligent, loyal, and loving.
  • Sociable, but usually select one particular human as their own.

Breed is the result of a spontaneous mutation of the gene related to hair.  The name for the cat was inspired from ancient Greek drawings of a mythical creature that resembles the cat.  First imports to the United States came from France and Canada and are believed to have originated from a Devon or Cornish Rex background.  Accepted for championship status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1987.  Not accepted by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).

Body Type:
  • Medium-sized cat with a broad chest, medium to fine boning and whip-like tail.
  • Roll of fat around midriff helps to maintain body heat.
  • Head is shaped like a modified wedge with very large ears.
  • Eyes are large, wide set and correspond to coat color.
  • Coat consists of fuzz-like hair with perceptible hair on the feet, tip of the tail, nose, and behind the ears.
  • Cat feels like warm velvet or suede.
  • Since there is no protective hair in the ears, they must be cleaned every other day with a cotton swab.
  • Wide assortment of colors including solids, tabby patterns, or parti-colors.
Health and Wellness:
  • In the past, this breed was reported to have had problems with immune system development.  According to Sphynx breeders, this problem no longer exists.
What you should know:
  • Cat must be kept out of the sun to avoid sunburn.
  • Requires a high-calorie diet in order to maintain body heat.
  • Sphyxes must be protected from extremes in temperature.
  • Since there is no coat to absorb natural oils and no hair in the ears to repel dirt, a Sphynx will require more grooming than its furry cousins.
  • Please be sure that you have the dedication and time available to maintain a Sphynx before purchasing a kitten.
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