Sphynx

The Sphynx comes to you with an exotic appearance that will leave you spell bound. Its hairless coat is what makes it different from most other breeds. Add to it its warmth and humor and you probably have one of the best breed of cats in the world. As per the French Breed Standard, this breed is part child, part dog, part monkey and part cat. This is mainly because the breed is known to possess the traits of each of these.


Sphynx Breed Information


History
One of the original ancestors of the Sphynx is said to be from Toronto in Canada which was born to a domestic house cat with a normal coat. However, the first Sphynx was hairless due to natural mutation. However, this was not the first only hairless cat. In the late 19th century, a pair of hairless cats were spotted somewhere in Mexico, though they were not linked to the present day Sphynx. The Canadian cat along with numerous other hairless cats was bred to normal coated cats and also to other hairless cats in order to come up with a great gene pool.
Personality
The snuggly and loving Sphynx loves to be around people. It loves to touch and can be very demanding sometimes. They can be as mischievous as children. It is the charm and mystery of this breed that has fascinated cat lovers since a century. The Sphynx is an attention seeker, fearless, clever and very affectionate.
  • Activity level: 4/5 ( energetic and mischievous)
  • Intelligence level: 5/5 ( very intelligent)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious and a good learner)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (social towards children and other animals)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (medium talkative)
Appearance
The absence of fur is substituted with suede like coat and this is what makes these cats warm and softer to touch. The warmth of the Sphynx makes it perfectly huggable especially during the winter months. It is medium sized with a wrinkled body and face and a pot-belly giving it an alienish appearance.
  • Fur: No fur but has a fine and smooth layer of down that can be of any pattern or color.
  • Eyes: The eyes are big and lemon shaped.
  • Body structure: It features a muscled look with a medium torso, round abdomen and barreled chest. The tail resembles a thin whip.
  • Facial features: The head is wedge shaped with distinct cheekbones with very large erect ears and large eyes.
  • Weight: The female weighs 6 to 8 pounds while the male weighs 8 to 11 pounds.
Health and Care
The most common health problems found in the Sphynx breed of cats are Urticaria pigmentosa and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The former is a skin ailment that results in crusty sores all over the body. Skin analysis and examination is needed to diagnose the condition. On the other hand, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy can be detected with the help of an ultrasound examination. The bald body of the Sphynx requires grooming just like any other fur coated cat. It is advised to moisturize their skin with a good oil or lotion. They can be given weekly baths with a mild baby shampoo. On the days when you are not bathing the Sphynx you can opt for cleaning it with baby wipes. Weekly ear check-ups and nail trimmings are suggested.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com