The Sphynx

The SphynxThe Sphynx is an unusual and rare breed of cat because unlike other breeds, it is hairless. The breed is also only recognized for show by only just a few of the smaller North American cat associations.

Characteristics: The Sphynx is an affectionate and sociable breed but typically dislikes being held or cuddled. It is a cat that should be kept indoors at all times in a warm climate due to the fact that it is susceptible to temperature-related illnesses. This breed also prefers peace and quiet and will adapt well to any owner who will respect this desire.

The breed is hairless and has very fine, black, downlike fur on the ears, face, paws, tail, and back. The Sphynx’s body is long and slender which is made to appear even more so due to its lack of hair and a long, tapered tail. The legs are long and slender and the paws are small and round. The head of the Sphynx is shaped like an elongated triangle with a short nose, large, almond-shaped eyes, a pouty chin, and very large and pointed ears.

Varieties: Black, Siamese, Red, Tabby, Blue-and-Cream, and Blue Bicolor.

Those cat associations that recognize the Sphynx accept it in any color and pattern, with eye color that complements that of its coat. Standard pedigree faults are extremely loose and wrinkled skin, green eyes, and downlike hair on the body.

Sphynx image via Flickr

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Comments

  1. Kimberly Lee says:

    I love this breed my cats are very loving my boy odie loves to be held he sure does have a voice lol….. These cats for sure do need alot of love and attention…