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Sphynx

Sphynx Cat Profile

Weight 7.7-15.4 lb (3.5-7 kg)
Origin Canada
Color Cream, gray, white
Fur No fur
Lifespan 10-16 years
Personality Demanding, curious, entertaining, sociable
Active Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Vocal Cat Vocal
Sheds Cat Sheds

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Breed Characteristics

The Sphynx (also sometimes spelled sphinx) is a cat without fur. So they’re kind of naked and you can clearly see their skin wrinkles. This makes them a bit of a shock, if not downright scary, for some. To put it simply: they aren’t the product of defect breeding! Find out more under “history”.

The fact that the Sphynx isn’t actually so naked is interesting. They don’t have fur like other cats, but they do have a super soft downy fluff all over their bodies. They feel like peaches, velvety and soft. And they absolutely adore cuddling!

What’s the Sphynx cat like? They are very loving and playful, and will do anything to make their owners laugh with their silly antics. You shouldn’t leave this cat alone for a lone time, as they get very lonely. They are profoundly close to their owners and love being the center of attention.

Sphynx Sphynx - Photo: Sergey Skleznev/Shutterstock

What should I keep in mind as a Sphynx owner? They lose heat a lot faster than other cats due to their lack of fur. To keep their body temperature stable, they need more energy - in the form of food. When it’s cold, these cats like to wear a warm sweater.

You should also know that they are at high risk of skin cancer as the sun shines directly on their skin. They always need shade - but it should still be warm. To sum it up: the Sphynx isn’t a natural-born explorer so doesn’t necessarily have to be allowed outside. They’re too sensitive.

Sphynx Sphynx - Photo: oBebee/Shutterstock

How do you pronounce “Sphynx”? Sfinks! It’s not especially easy to say. Where does the word come from? It describes an ancient Egyptian statue that shows a lion with a human head. The best known is the Sphynx of Giza. If you want to find out more, or if you’re looking for a nice name for your pet, you should check out pet names based on Egyptian royalty or gods.

Atchoo! Are sphynx cats hypoallergenic? After all, they don’t have any fur. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Although people talk about having a cat hair allergy, you actually react to saliva and skin cells and not the hair itself.

Although the sphynx has no fur, it’s not easy to look after. Their skin needs a lot of moisture and they need to be bathed regularly with mild soap.

Sphynx Sphynx - Photo: Juice Team/Shutterstock

Appearance

The Sphynx is a medium-sized cat with downy fluff instead of fur. This means you can see its skin wrinkles right away. They also have very large ears.

History

The Sphynx cat comes from Canada and was bred from a normal house cat named Elizabeth. She had a natural genetic mutation, so her kittens were born in 1966 without fur - they then passed on the hairless gene. The breed was an accident and was only purposefully bred after it already existed.

Did You Know?

It’s basically impossible to pet a Sphynx “the wrong way” (opposite direction to fur growth) :)

Sphynx Sphynx - Photo: Peterpancake/Shutterstock

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