The Sphynx

sphynx cat breed picture

sphynx cat breed picture


The body is medium in size and length, broad chest, well-rounded abdomen, hard and muscular and not delicate.  The tail is proportional to the body in length, whip-like and may have a tuft of hair at the tip (lion’s tail).The head is medium sized wedge-like with rounded contours, strong rounded muzzle and prominent cheekbones.  The ears are very large, broad at the base and set upright.  The eyes are round like lemons, large and slanting at outer corner.

While the coat appears hairless, there is a fine chamois-like texture, may be covered with a short fine down and whiskers are sparse and short.


The Sphynx is not the first of its kind to have hairless specimens among the cat breeds.  This mutation has been seen over ninety years.  In 1950, a pair of Siamese cats in France gave birth to a litter of which 3 were hairless.  However, mating the parents to other Siamese failed to produce more hairless kittens.  Other specimens were reported from Morocco, Australia, North Carolina and even Canada by domestic shorthairs in 1966 which were then bred but in 1971 were not pursued due to fertility problems.The bloodline of the modern Sphynx began in 1975 when a kitten was born to a normal farm cat in Minnesota followed by another hairless the next year.  The kittens were then sold to be bred.  At the same time in 1978, a breeder in Canada found three hairless kittens that were crossed with Devon Rex (which also carried the recessive gene) and their descendants are today’s Sphynxes.


This cat breed is extremely lively playful, innocent, curious and child-like and they’ll even perform monkey-like aerialist feats from heights. They are devoted and loyal, following their humans around, wagging their tails like dogs and purring with affection.They demand lots of attention and are mischievous and lovable even with their strange appearance.  These cats are very popular amongst people who are allergic and are amongst the top hypoallergenic cats to have.  But, if you prefer to have an animal that’s soft and fluffy, this will not be the cat for you.  Owners should bear in mind that they are very sensitive to heat and cold due to the absence of fur.

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