Sphynx Breed Synopsis
The Sphynx is generally referred to as the "hairless cat". On first glance, a common myth is that the breed is Egyptian or Mexican ; but the Sphynx is a genetic mutation. The stories date back over a century, where hairless cats have woven their way through history all over the world! However, the true nature of what we call Sphynx today emerged around the late 1960s in Canada. The personality of a Sphynx is incomparable to that of many other breeds. Most of the time considered "loving to the point of annoying", you might expect to find a Sphynx on the shoulders of their owner, cuddled in bed stealing the covers, or on top of the TV... and always purring, ready for attention! It's hard to say "No" to a Sphynx. They live well with other cats, dogs, and love children!
The Sphynx have been compared to a chamois, a hot water bottle, and a baby's bottom. It truly is a wonderful WARM feeling! Sphynx do well in most climates; from Florida to Canada, contrary to thought. Sweaters are cute, but the Sphynx will find their own warm place to cuddle within. While the Sphynx is "hairless" it is not a hypoallergenic breed. The lack of coat is appealing to many who suffer from allergies or have asthma; however, the breed may still trigger an attack depending on how severe the allergies are.
ACFA accepts ALL eye colors and "skin" colors including solids, minks, tabbys, spotteds, calicos, pointeds, and many more. American Shorthairs and Devon Rex are acceptable outcrosses(the Devon is the ONLY acceptable Rex outcross) in the American Cat Fanciers Association. While the breed standard allows a "slight" down(due to the outcrosses), breeders strive to be as close to it's "hairless" namesake. Slight down may be found on the nose, ears, and/or tail. Some of the key characteristics of the Sphynx include WRINKLES, large ears with wide "bells"(base of the ear), "chunky" bodies that look like the cat just ate a large meal, and a "rat-like" whipping tail. The Sphynx is not a petite or delicate breed. Females weigh about 5-8 pounds, a male might weigh up to 10 pounds.