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Sphynx

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 8 - 10 pounds
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One word: unmistakable. Noted for its seemingly lack of hair, the Sphynx often its referred to as a feline alien due to its pixie face, giant batty ears, potbelly and wrinkled skin nearly void of any hair. Some do not have whiskers or eyebrows.

Its skin brings out the curious must-touch in those who come into contact with a Sphynx. Its body feels like warm Chamois leather. Look close and you will notice a light layer of soft, fine down on its coat.

Females weigh between 7 and 9 pounds and males average between 8 and 10 pounds.


Traits

  • Very curious
  • Playful and mischievous
  • Highly intelligent
  • Nicknamed “Love Mooch” for their devotion to their owners

Ideal Human Companion

  • Families with children
  • Singles with other pets
  • Experienced cat owners

What They Are Like to Live With

Show me the heat – that seems to be the theme song for the Sphynx breed. Because of their lack of a coat, they need to keep their bodies from losing heat. Let them snuggle with you under blankets and treat them to feline clothing to keep them feeling cozy.

No need for a comb or brush for this breed, however, daily sponging is highly suggested if you wish to keep your furniture free from the natural oils dispensed by the Sphynx. You also need to help your Sphynx keep his ears free from oily buildup.

This smart, high-energy breed loves to show off for his favorite people and is social to house guests.

The Sphynx seems to operate on two speeds: fast and stop. When it is time to nap, a Sphynx turns into a heat-seeking missile to find a toasty place, usually under the covers.

Don’t be surprised by their chowhound-like appetites. This breed is noted for its high metabolism and need to eat a hardy portion of food daily, but is at low risk for becoming overweight or obese.

Things You Should Know

The Sphynx may be hairless, but they are not hypoallergenic. Their dander is capable of evoking allergic reactions in people who have cat allergies.

Be aware that its body is highly susceptible to sunburn. Apply cat-safe sun block and limit your Sphynx’s exposure outside during sunny days.

This breed is regarded to be very robust with few health or genetic problems.

Sphynx History

This unusual looking breed traces its origins to 1966 in Toronto, Canada when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten.

Mr. Bigglesworth has become the poster cat for this breed. This cat character from the popular Austin Powers movies was portrayed by two Sphynx named Ted Nude-gent and Mel Gibskin.

The Sphynx ranks seventh in popularity among the breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and has been vying for championship status by this world’s largest breed registry since 2002.