The Sphynx, sometimes called the Canadian Hairless, is a rare breed known for its lack of coat. The breed was developed in Toronto, Ontario in the 1960s, following the birth of a hairless kitten named Prune. Though the first Sphynx breeders faced a number of problems due to a limited genetic pool and specialized health problems, the breed was eventually established and has been recognized by registries for over 20 years.
The Sphynx is an intriguing breed. They are intelligent, loving, inquisitive, yet calm. Sphynx owners often describe them as “Velcro lap cats” and they are indeed an animal that always wants to be close to its favorite people, following them from room to room, sitting on their lap, or sleeping under the covers with them. Though they often bond with a family favorite, they are friendly and enjoy meeting new people and animals if the setting is right. Sphynx cats are playful and impish, with kitten-like qualities they keep throughout life. They tend to get cold due to their lack of hair, so you’ll often find yours in a sunny spot or curled up with a blanket.
Sphynx cats have a Buddha-like body, sturdy and round with a pot belly. They are medium sized. Sphynx heads are a modified wedge with rounded contours, and their large ears are wide at the base with rounded tips. Their lemon shaped eyes are large and slightly slanted. Both legs and tail are medium in length and proportional to the body.
The Sphynx is a hairless breed, though like other hairless cats, the Sphynx is covered in a fine down fuzz, giving the skin a velvety texture. Their lack of coats means that they are often cold, so they will require access to warm spots and blankets. It also means they will require regular bathing as the skin can become oily. They are available in a variety of colors and patterns.