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Sphynx catThroughout the centuries that have been reports of normal felines giving birth to hairless kittens, but it wasn't until the 1970's when breeders decided to turn this natural "mistake" into a virtue.

Today, the hairless Sphynx continues to make it to the Top Ten list of most popular cats around the world due mainly to its highly unusual peach fuzz coat, elongated ears, and entertaining antics.

However, those who assume that the breed is entirely safe for cat allergy sufferers may be disappointed to discover that this is not always the case, since Sphynx's downy coat still produces a certain amount of dander.


Sphynx cat behavior & personality

Photo of a hairless Sphynx cat
As with humans, protection from
weather extremes is an important
health safeguard for the Sphynx.


Sometimes described as a cross between a cat and a monkey, the Sphynx is most famous for performing agile acrobatics, often charming human companions with their playful intelligence and clever jumping maneuvers.

The Sphynx exhibits a love for attention bordering on childlike, and in quieter moments is extremely affectionate.

They often find warm bed covers irresistible, so be prepared to share your bed with the hairless Sphynx - an experience sometimes likened to sleeping with a soft suede hot water bottle.



Sphynx cat care & health

Limiting their exposure to the outdoors, especially in extremes of weather, is always an important safeguard. Cold weather is obviously a definite hazard, but so is overexposure to the hot sun - which may result in a sunburn for this coatless cat.

The fact that the Sphynx does not shed may be a good selling point for those considering adoption. However, prospective owners should take into account their special needs for cleanliness. Since their ears lack hair that usually filter dirt and dust, special attention must be paid to cleaning the ears regularly. Frequent baths are also necessary to keep their skin free from excess body oils which tend to stain furniture.


More information about Sphynx cats around the Web:


Cat Fanciers' Sphynx Profile
- Find information on the breed's history & origins, temperament and personality, photos, plus related resources, suggested reading.

Sphynx Breeders - Check out a group of directories with lists of of U.S. breeders in all 50 states including photos, descriptive information, contact details, resources.

Choosing a Sphynx - Good descriptive intro from PetPlace.com with information on its personality & behavior, special needs & grooming tips, with related resources.

Sphynx Cat Breed Rescue - Directory of U.S. rescue and adoption services with Web links & contact details.

 

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