Completely naked and with no shame about it, the Sphynx cat is a truly unique breed that’s totally comfortable in its own skin. We’ve all seen this fabulous hairless feline before, and although we may have very different reactions to the alien-looking creature, they’re here to stay. As one of the most popular cat breeds today, it seems that cat lovers simply can’t get over the adorable and lovable Sphynx.
- Coat Length: Extra Short
- Shedding: None
- Hypoallergenic: Yes
- Average Price: $1500-3000
- Origins: Canada
- Average Female Weight: 6-8 lbs
- Average Male Weight: 8-11 lbs
- Life Expectancy: 8-14 years
- Affectionate: High
- Social: High
- Intelligence: High
- Kid/Pet Friendly: High
- Energy Levels: Moderate
It’s hard to notice anything else about the Sphynx cat other than their wrinkly, naked appearance. And indeed, that’s the major characteristic that draws people to the breed in the first place. But did you know that many Sphynx cats have very light peach fuzz around their nose, ears, paws and tail? And that their skin feels buttery smooth to the touch?
And if you can look further than their wrinkled brow and worried expression, you’ll notice that unique face of theirs with their big, wide eyes and their large ears. The head of a Sphynx cat is quite small and their face is narrow and wedge shaped.
Their bodies are generally well-muscled with plump bellies and broad chests. Upon first glance, they’re a bit goofy and awkward-looking, but you’ll quickly fall in love with this magnificent cat.
So why in the world is the Sphynx cat hairless? No, the Sphinx was not concocted in a laboratory somewhere, its lack of hair is a genetic trait that came about naturally. In fact, there have been historical records of hairless cats being kept as pets dating back to the Aztecs.
It wasn’t until 1966, though, that hairless cats started to be bred specifically for that trait as breeders attempted to create a new breed.
Finally, in 1978, the first hairless kitten litter was born in Toronto that would eventually turn into the Sphynx cat breed.
The Sphynx cat’s personality is as noticeable as its exterior. They’re demanding and affectionate, requiring much of your attention be focused on them. They get along easily with strangers and love being adored and petted as much as we love to give them that adoration.
It’s recommended that you buy Sphynx cats in pairs because they get lonely so easily…and what could be cuter than a naked kitty duo?
Expect to have the Sphynx cat snuggling in your lap or sleeping with you in your bed. And when it’s time to play, you’ll see the Sphynx cat’s full energetic athleticism come out as they chase after toys and soar up cat trees.
It’s no wonder the Sphynx is so popular with their bold personality to match their head-turning appearance.