Weight: 10-12 lb
Physique: Lean, oversized ears
Best Suited For: Active households with children or other pets.
Temperament: Curious, playful, mischievous, and intelligent
Comparable Breeds: Oriental, York Chocolate
Top Breed: 10
Height: 8-10 inches
Sphynx Breed History
Currently, there are Sphynx variations that are both American and European (or Canadian). The Canadian Sphynx line began in 1966, when a white shorthair kitten named Prune was born in Roncesvalles, Toronto. He and his mother were mated once more to produce a second “bare” child. These animals were purchased by Ridyadh Bawa. He, his mother, Yania, a Siamese breeder, and Kees and Rita Tenhoves used the cats to create the Sphynx. In 1971, the CFA first earned and then lost provisional breed showing status after determining that there was not enough of a gene pool and that no consistent standard had been present. Since that time, the development of the breed has mostly been reliant on Mother Nature and the efforts of numerous people who have identified and placed hairless cats with various breeders. Selective outcrossing with American Shorthairs and the Devon Rex has increased the Sphynx gene pool. In the 1990s, there were enough of these cats to sustain their appeal. Five worldwide breeder associations exist today, and the breed was given ACFA Championship status in 1994.
The Sphynx is a lap cat for sure, if for no other reason than it craves your body heat. It is considerate, curious, and wise.
Qualities of breeding
The Sphynx is unquestionably a lap cat, if only because it enjoys the warmth of a human body. It is considerate, curious, and wise. You may anticipate your Sphynx sleeping next to you every night. This cat is outgoing and kind, and it enjoys company. They get along with other animals nicely and are highly vivacious. This cat likes to play with toys and can keep himself entertained for a long time. These cats are the best and most devoted feline companions that people have ever known, according to those who have them as housemates, devoted, loyal, and a complete joy.
Without a doubt, the wrinkled, hairless Sphynx is an odd-looking cat. While their wrinkly faces are frequently compared to the wise persona of the Jedi master “Yoda” from the Star Wars films, others think the Sphynx cat has a “smile” reminiscent of the Buddha. These cats genuinely have skin that is so smooth it resembles chamois leather. They are warm to the touch and enjoy cuddling, especially in the winter. They employ their extended toes almost exactly like fingers.
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, fawn, and cinnamon are just a few of the hues that have been associated with the Sphynx.
Additionally, the tabby, mackerel, spotted, patched, tortoiseshell, calico, and bi-color patterns can be seen on the skin of these cats. Even some Sphynx show color pointing.
Despite having no hair, Sphynx cats still need to be groomed and maintained. A cat’s fur typically absorbs the oils that accumulate on its skin. Weekly bathing are a necessary task for this cat’s maintenance; otherwise, owners will soon discover dark stains in the shape of cats on the furniture. In addition, it is important to take precautions to limit his exposure to the sun. They are susceptible to getting sunburned and developing skin cancer. Never leave this breed unattended outside. They will require coats and sweaters to keep warm during the winter. The reason why these cats are “heat seeking” is because they get cold! Actually, the Sphynx is not hypoallergenic. Allergies are not brought on by cat hair. The Fel d1 protein, which is present in feline saliva and sebaceous glands, is to blame. As a result, those who suffer cat allergy symptoms may actually have a more worse reaction when they come into touch with this breed.