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
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.
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 a Sphynx's light, downy coat will still produce
a certain amount of dander.
Sphynx cat behavior & personality
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
In quieter moments, the Sphynx is extremely affectionate and exhibits a love for attention bordering on childlike.
As with humans, protection from weather extremes is an important
health safeguard for the Sphynx.
They will often find warm bed covers irresistible, so be prepared to share your bed with the hairless
Sphynx - an experience compared to sleeping with a soft suede hot water bottle.
cat care & health
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.
a Sphynx - Here's a good descriptive intro from PetPlace.com with
information on its personality & behavior, special needs &
grooming tips, with related resources.