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Sphynx Breed Summary

Friendly, Playful, Curious, Intelligent

Striking to look at and full of sparky personality, the Sphynx is proof that you don’t have to be a fluffy feline to impress.

Despite appearances, the Sphynx isn’t completely bald – they’re actually covered in really soft, down-like hair, much like a fuzzy peach! This is a cat that’s always going to catch people’s eyes with their exotic look, but it’s their affectionate, inquisitive and loyal nature that’s guaranteed to keep your attention.

In contrast to their regal looks, the Sphynx is an energetic extrovert that think themselves quite the acrobats! These cats love to show off to their humans and they're likely to follow them from room to room, looking to involve themselves in whatever you’re doing.

For their own safety, the Sphynx cat is best suited to life as an indoor cat, however, once in the home they generally get along with everyone - including children and other pets.

Fun Fact: The Sphynx may look hairless, but as they still produce and shed dander (in the same way humans do), surprisingly, this breed cannot be described as hypoallergenic!

Lifespan 9 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females: 7.9in – 9.8in
Weight Males: 8.8lb – 11lb, Females: 6.6lb – 8.8lb
Coat Although they may appear hairless, their body is actually covered in really soft, down-like hair
Color White, black, red, chocolate, lavender, tabby, tortoiseshell, calico, bi-color, with pointed and mink patterns
Eye color Blue, green, yellow, odd-eyed
Common health issues Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, kittenhood respiratory issues, hereditary myopathy, digestive problems, ocular infection
It’s a good job this striking cat loves attention, because they get it wherever they go! Sphynx cats tend to demand attention and they love to perform for their owners, especially if it’ll make you look at them.

A highly social cat, the Sphynx loves to be in the company of its humans and to be held closely. They like being kept warm and to snuggle up to their people – so don’t be surprised to find this feline in your bed! This cat adores company (and is likely to follow you wherever you go), so if you’re away from the home often then it’s wise to provide your Sphynx with a pal – either a fellow Sphynx, another cat, or even a dog.

When they’re not receiving attention from their humans, this curious cat loves to explore its surroundings and they can be found climbing and seeking high places, chasing anything that moves or just generally up to mischief! The Sphynx is a cat that benefits greatly from teaser toys and puzzles that challenge their brains and athleticism.

The Sphynx cat was first developed much by accident! In Canada during the mid-1960s, a domestic shorthair cat gave birth to a litter of kittens, one of which was born hairless – a male named Prune. When he was old enough, Prune was bred back to his mother, which resulted in a litter of both hairless and normal coated kittens. A few of the hairless kittens were exported to Europe, where breeders continued to develop these unusual cats.

By 1988, the first female Sphynx cat – named Tulip - was introduced to the UK, having been bred in Holland. She was exhibited at several cat shows and was a huge hit with the breeders, judges and cat lovers. The breed was awarded full Championship recognition from the GCCF and now has a big fan base in the UK and elsewhere in the world thanks to their unique look and wonderful temperament – which makes sharing a home with this lovely cat such a pleasure.