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Sphynx Personality
The Sphynx has a childlike personality, and makes a wonderful companion for the person who is looking for a baby in their home, or someone who has never had children and would like to fill that empty space in their lives, or for the retired person or pensioner with an empty house.

 

The best way of describing the personality of the Sphynx is – half child, half monkey, half kitten and half puppy. They are extremely intelligent, incredibly lovable, patient, social and tolerant with children, dogs and other animals.

Sphynx Cat Vande Bald's Dante

 

They just love to be around their human friends – In fact they demand to always be around you.

The Sphynx hates being alone, they need company all day long whether it’s human or another cat or a small dog. I always say that they are like lap dogs in a cat form. When they are not helping you with your daily chores, they are on top of you or all over you. They are definitely not the kind of cat that you just see when it is feeding time.

When visitors come, they are the first to meet them at the door and they will take the conversation over, if you let them. If your visitors are not cat lovers, you will have to put them away, as they will only leave the visitors laps when they do some acrobatic tricks to show off for them. Do not be surprised when one of them disappears and returns with a toy mouse to play with, in the middle of the conversation.

The Sphynx gets to know their names very quickly and will come when called – they just love to play hide and seek and you can entertain them for hours with playing fetch.

If taken on car rides from an early stage in their lives, they get to love to ride around with you. Just make sure that no one sees them, as it may cause some unwanted accidents!

Sphynx Appearance
 
“It looks just like E.T., Smegol, Yoda or a space man”, "Oh, but they are ugly”, many would say when they first see a Sphynx, but after spending some time with a Sphynx, their wonderful personality and soft warm naked bodies, will soon change their minds.

The Sphynx does have various looks and although they still meet the standard, not one of them looks the same as the next.

 

They appear naked, but the Sphynx is not a totally naked cat. Their bodies are covered with a soft down that is almost imperceptible to both the eye and the touch. A feeling of resistance may be felt when stroking the skin of some cats. The texture of the skin has been compared to peach skin, a suede hot water bottle, a horse’s warm muzzle or a heated chamois.
 

The skin is very wrinkled in Sphynx kittens. Tortie Female
 

Tortie Female Kitten 3 weeks old

They have some very fine hair over the bridge of their noses and on their feet. They may also have some fine hair on their tail, at the back of their ears and scrotum. Some of them get some fuzz when the weather changes and some of them get fuzz when their hormones change, (Females in heat and so on) which is normal.

 

Their bodies are warmer to the touch than other cats, but in fact their body temperature is no higher.
 

The skin is very wrinkled in kittens. Adults should retain as many wrinkles as possible, especially on the head, but should not affect the cat’s normal function.

 

Sphynx have huge ears, large eyes and prominent whisker pads and cheekbones. Generally they lack whiskers, but some of them have a few very short ones. They have a rounded abdomen, which makes them look as if they just had a big meal. The tail is long and flexible. Their paw pads are thicker than in other breeds, giving the impression that they are “walking on air cushions.” Their toes are long and are often used like little fingers. These cats are of medium size and the males can be up to 25% bigger than the females. They come in all colours and patterns.

Taking Care of your Sphynx

 
Never leave your Sphynx or any cat for that matter on it's own in the bathroom or near the bathroom, when running your bath. Always run the cold water first and then the warm water, so that you never have a very hot bath at any time. Many Sphynx has burned themselves severely or even to death, by jumping/falling into a hot bath. This happens more often than what one thinks, so be very careful when running a bath.

The Sphynx is an indoor cat only, as it gets burned by the sun - same as we do. They may only go outside under strict supervision of  their owner, when weather permits. This does not bother them, as long as they have a companion and lots of toys and sufficient space to run around in the house.

People often think they do not need grooming, but this is not true. The Sphynx is actually a high maintenance cat. Because it lacks fur/hair, the oils that all cats excrete through their skin are not absorbed into the hair, so the oil lies on the bare skin and attracts grime. They become dirty quite quickly and need a bath frequently. The claws and ears also get dirty very quickly and have to be cleaned weekly to keep it clean.

 

Surgically declawing your kitten is cruel and should never ever be done.

Sites to view on declawing.

Due to their hairlessness, the Sphynx almost never gets ticks or fleas. If they do get the occasional tick or flea, you can spot it right away and deal with it.

The first thing everyone ask when they see a Sphynx is: “Don’t they get cold” If it is too cold for you, it will be to cold for them, but if you are comfortable in your house, they will be too. These cats are very smart and they will pop under the blankets when it is getting cold, or find a warm human body or dog or cat to curl up with. They know how to look after themselves.

General Information about the Sphynx

 
The Sphynx is not a hypoallergenic cat. If you are allergic to the protein in cat’s saliva, you will be allergic to the Sphynx as well. However, some people who are allergic to cats do tolerate the Sphynx better.

The Sphynx is a very robust breed with few health or genetic problems, with a normal life span. Spasticity (Hereditary Myopathy) and HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomayopathy) are two genetic problems that are found in this breed. HCM is the bigger problem. Sphynx breeders all over the world are working very hard in trying to eliminate HCM from the breed, by scanning yearly and eliminating positive cats from their breeding program.

Some sites on HCM to view:

Because of their name, many people think the Sphynx originated from Egypt. This is not true. A CFA judge, David Mare, named them in 1973. They made him think of a famous Egyptian cat statue in the Louvre that looks somewhat to what the Sphynx looks like. He thought of words for Egyptian things and the sphinxes in Egypt came to mind. Although the sphinxes are not really cats, it made a wonderful name.

History on the Sphynx

 
The Hairlessness of the Sphynx is due to a natural spontaneous mutation in the domestic cat and has been seen in litters around the world. In 1966, in Toronto Canada, a naked kitten was born. His siblings were normal coated kittens. This kitten "Prune", his mother "Elizabeth", and a few other bald mutations discovered later, were the basis of the early Sphynx breed.

Most of today's pedigreed Sphynx spring from two females, Punkie and Paloma, who were rescued from the streets of Toronto, Canada and sent to Dr. Hugo Hernandez in Holland in 1980. As there was no whole Sphynx male available in Holland, a white Devon Rex male, Curare van Jetrophin, was used in the breeding program. The offspring from these breedings were sold in Holland and France and are the foundation of most of our present day breeding Sphynx.

During the late 1990s cross breeding between domestic short hair and other cat breeds has produced a wider gene pool and allowed the modern Sphynx to exhibit most of the eye and color patterns available in many of today's cat breeds. 
 

 

Sphynx Personality | Sphynx Appearances | Taking Care of your Sphynx | History of the Sphynx

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