The Sphynx cat is a small, sturdily built cat with a characteristic "pot-belly", large, expressive eyes, and wrinkly, usually hairless skin.
Fur is nearly absent or extremely fine and suede-like, and the whiskers and eyebrows are often curled, stunted or completely missing.
Without fur, the body warmth is intensely felt and petting a Sphynx is a unique experience.
Sphynx cats are not just spectacular to look at, they are very cuddly and love close contact.
Although hairless cats have been mentioned throughout history the modern Sphynx breed, also known as the Canadian Sphynx or Canadian Hairless, originated from individuals in Canada and was developed into a breed during the 1960's and 70's.
Careful efforts created today's wonderful cat, which has a consistent breed standard, appearance and temperament.
These cats are incredibly people-oriented, affectionate and demonstrative.
They make exceptional companions for someone looking for a warm, close relationship with a special kitty, but do require quite a bit of special care and consideration in regards to skin care and temperature regulation.
The personality of the Sphynx cat is disarmingly friendly. These are active, busy-body type cats that are happy to meet and greet visitors, anxious for affection and very interested in whatever you might be doing.
Although they may look a little delicate, and do need some protection from the elements, particularly the sun, but are actually very bold and vigorous cats.
They are sometimes quite dog-like, and will learn games and tricks like fetch and hide-and-seek. There are few sights more amazing in the feline world than a pot-bellied, hairless, wrinkle-skinned cat setting its favorite toy at your feet!
Sphynx cats are very intelligent and a little sensitive and may pout if ignored, but why would you ignore them?
This is definitely not a low-maintenance pet. They require lots of physical and emotional maintenance, are not ready for rough handling, and do like to be the center of attention.
The Sphynx cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization.
It is a relatively uncommon pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed, but is certainly gaining in popularity.
Although brushing is, of course, unnecessary, these cats require a whole different regimen of care.
Regular, careful bathing is must be done so that oils don't build up and cause skin irritation, and they need protection from heat and cold, and sun screen when outside. Sphynx must be protected from extreme temperatures, and too much sunlight can cause sunburn.
These are small cats that surprisingly have few breed-related health issues when simple precautions are taken.
Because it is active and desires interaction the Sphynx can make a nice family cat, but children must be very considerate because the lack of fur leaves these cats somewhat vulnerable if handled roughly. -Sphynx Cat Facts
Sphynx kittens are active, busy and curious, but may be more likely to want to cuddle than explore.
This is a very domesticated breed, and adapts very quickly to whatever environment feels like home. They are good travelers and less tempermental than one might think.
They develop and mature very quickly, and their eyes open sooner than any other breed - within 3 days of birth.
Some Sphynx kittens are born with their eyes open!
These kittens come in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of hair lengths, but are usually bald by the time they turn two years old.
Sphynx cats are becoming more and more popular and are more often available, so if you're looking for a pure bred Sphynx kitten to buy, you may not have to search long to find a breeder. The cost may be quite high for such are exquisite little gems.
Head Shape: The head is a modified wedge shape, longer than wide, with flat forehead and prominent cheekbones. The chin and muzzle are well developed with a slight break at bridge of the nose. The ears are very large, wide at the base, and wide open. They should be set wide and high on the skull and are tall, with rounded tips. The eyes should be large and almond-shaped, slightly slanted. They should not be recessed nor bug-eyed.. Any eye color is acceptable. Eyebrows and whiskers may be curly, broken, or completely absent.
Body and Tail: The body is small in size but hard and well-muscled. The belly may appear to be full and round like a "pot belly". Wide, firm chest and torso. The neck is arched and muscular. Legs are well-boned, wide-set and medium in length. The feet are oval shaped with long, slender toes. The paw and toe pads are very thick giving a cushioned look to the walk. The tail is very thin and whip-like.
Coat: The cat should be basically hairless, or with some extremely fine, down-like hair. Many individuals are born with varying degrees of fur but should be bald by their second birthday. Kittens are often quite wrinkled, and Heavy wrinkles are desirable in the adult, especially on the head.
Pattern: All colors are allowed.
Overall Appearance: This is a small to medium size, well built cat with good bone. The cat should not appear overly dainty. The overall impression is amazing. Large ears, large, brilliant eyes, small, round, basically naked body. A truly unique cat. They should be bald and wrinkled, and the body should be very warm with a feel of velvet. This is an out-going, active and intelligent cat of great charm and unforgettable appearance.