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Sphynx Cats: What's Hair Got To Do With It?

Updated on February 24, 2012

Learn about these hairless cats here

I love the Sphynx cat with it's small, wrinkly face, enormous eyes, lack of whiskers, and huge ears. Because the are an unusual cat breed, they get plenty of attention at cat shows. Its fine coat makes them look bald so they are also one of the "hairless" cats you hear about.

Here I'll cover the history of the Sphynx, other interesting facts, photos, videos, links to breeders, and valuable information on how to care for these little guys.

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Sphynx Cats - A Brief History Of A Hairless Breed

The Breed Is Not Very Old

Surprisingly, Cat Fanciers Association is the only cat organization that recognizes the popular Sphynx cat breed. Other breed associations are concerned that this unique cat breed will have genetic health problems in the future and do not want to encourage breeders to continue developing the breed.

Unique History

According to Wikipedia, the the Sphynx breed was actually developed first in the 1960s. This first line of Sphynx vanished completely.

In the 1970s the Sphynx breed was discovered again and this time was more successful. This second line of cats came from a stray longhair cat. Her kittens were out-crossed to Devon Rex cats. The kittens from this cross had the traditional Sphynx coat and physical characteristics.

According to Cat Fanciers Association, in 1966 in Toronto, Canada, a natural mutation occurred -- a hairless kitten -- was born, which is the one we currently know as a Sphynx cat.

According to this latest history, cat breeders bred this line to normal coat then back again to hairless. This was to ensure the health of the breed. They feel the breed is now very robust with few health issues.

Sphynx Cat Characteristics

What These Guys Look Like

Coat

Although the Sphynx does not have a coat of hair, this breed's light coat of fuzz still comes in a wide range of colors. In fact, these cats come in every color and pattern.

Body

The Sphynx body is powerful body and extremely muscular. The breed weighs in at 8 to 15 pounds.

Temperament

A Sphynx enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to be cuddled and doesn't do well when left alone for long periods of time. If you need to be away from home often, and still want a Sphnyx, you may want to add a second Sphynx (or another cat) to the household so that the cats can keep each other company.

Sphynx are fascinating cats. Besides their extraordinary appearance, these wonderful cats are fun-loving and a little mischievous. With their monkey-like agility and playfulness, you'll enjoy spending time with them. Have plenty of toys when you can't be with them and they'll play by themselves for a time. Just remember, if you're gone too much, they really need a playmate they can play with and cuddle.

Keeping The Sphynx Coat Of Fuzz Groomed

Daily Grooming Is Needed

Mom Does Some Grooming

You would think a virtually hairless cat would need no grooming, however, the Sphynx actually needs to be groomed once a day.

Just as other cats with hair, the hairless Sphynx produce a lot of oil from their hair follicles. However, since there is no hair to absorb the oil, the Sphynx's skin grows quite greasy. So, once a day, you'll need to wipe her body down with a soft cloth to remove the oil.

You can bathe your Sphynx cat too. And, if you start them young enough, they'll enjoy it. Just look at the 2 videos below. This little Sphynx LOVES taking a bath!

A Sphynx Cat Get A Bath - PART 1

In The Bath - PART 1

A Sphynx Cat Gets A Bath - PART 2

In The Bath - PART 2

More About The Sphynx Cat's Coat

Is There Hair Or Not?

Sphynx cats are not always totally hairless. They can have a fine fuzz or down. There is also sometimes a little hair found on the nose, tail and toes as well. The texture is that of suede.

All color and patterns are possible on a Sphynx. That's why you'll see in the pictures shown here some spots and colored skin. These colors or patterns -- from tabby to calico -- can show up during any age, not just at birth.

To see the complete listing of the different patterns they can have and Cat Fancier's Breed Standard for the Sphynx click Sphynx Breed Standard.

Excepts From A Dog's Diary

Excerpts From A Dog's Diary:

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Now, contrast this with the cat's diary below.

Excerpts From A Sphynx Cat's Diary

Excerpts from a Cat's Diary:

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . . .

Quite a contrast to the dog's diary above.

Funny Cat Books For Your Library - Great Reads

Sphynx Cat With Personality

Sphynx Cat With Personality

How To Toilet Train Your Sphynx

The Perfect Cat To Toilet Train

How To Toilet Train Your Sphynx

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I Wish I had Some Place Soft To Sleep!

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Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

ASPCA has a special link for you to find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. Simply go toLow-Cost Spay Neuter Programs and enter in your zip code and you'll get a list of the programs in your area.

Sphynx Cat On Crack - Funny, Funny Video

Sphynx Cat On Crack

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Sphynx Cats books - Read about sphynx cats

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      lynda 2 years ago

      I have two sphynx and love them to bits ONLY problem is when they use the cat litter they usually stand in it and I either catch them or the furniture is marked. ANY IDEAS PLEASE

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      Frankie Kangas 3 years ago from California

      @RussnJo: Thank you. Once you share your home with a cat, you'll find you can't live without at least one. :-D Bear hugs, Frankster

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      I love the excerpts from the cat diary! These are beautiful cats, and I would love to share my home with on one day.

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      lingolux 4 years ago

      They are adorable animals. My best friend had a sphynx and it was the nicest animal in the world! (although not as nice as my tabby of course! :)

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @BuckHawkcenter: I agree with you totally. I think they are gorgeous too. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Any cat is beautiful and the sphynx is just as gorgeous as all the others!

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      I love my hairless, he is the best...they truly are one of the most amazing cat breeds out their...great lens

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      I never had a cat but looking at this lens made want to get one..great lens.

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      Tracey Boyer 5 years ago from Michigan

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      Tracey Boyer 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love these cats ! I am including your lens in a lens I am making called "The Ten Best Cat Lenses on Squidoo." Well Done !

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      Missy Zane 5 years ago

      Cute lens. I love the title.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      wow I have never seen this type of cat before, thumbs up from a cat lover!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I am familiar with the Devon Rex but never knew about the Sphynx. Fun lens.

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      Vladimir 5 years ago from Australia

      I hate to be the one to break the news to you - Sphynx cats are nudists!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @VladimirCat: ROTH=FLMAO That is so true!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      So cute ... I love the dog and cat diaries.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, and beautiful cats! I LOVE the videos!!!!! Blessed...

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      First time I've seen this bread - grew on me as I watched videos. Learn something new every day. Many thanks.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @trotter2099 lm: LOL. They do look fairly evil. However, I think that if you shaved any of my cats, they would look that way too. No hair really makes a difference.

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      trotter2099 lm 6 years ago

      I am not a huge fan of sphinx cats they are evil looking critters. Its the ways they stare at you, they give you this look that says, "the only reason I am not ripping your throat out right now is because you just aren't worth the effort. But any minute now I may get bored and decide to."

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      The cats are fascinating and strangely beautiful, but what is amazing is the truly vast amount of work you put into your lenses. It becomes a real experience to sit down with one of your lenses. Much appreciated.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I always feel sorry for the Spynx cats. They look like dear souls and have all the charm of any other cat, and it's hurtful to hear people call them ugly. That makes us humans even uglier with our funny mostly hairless bodies and all this hair on the top of our heads! I'd rather breeders didn't deliberately breed them this way as a freak show, though I'm sure just as many have loving homes and adoring owners. The cat diary was pretty funny!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to kitty222] Thank you for pointing out the "money making online" item. I have removed them and now anything some one wants to add I have to approve first. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      Pretty good, though I wish you would get rid of the "make money online" thing. Obviously a scam.

      I like that kitten on top of your lens, though. It sort of looks like one of mine.

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I've heard of and seen a Rex, but knew nothing about the Spinx til now. Thanks for another great lens.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Very interesting! I always worry about these cats. As we both know cats get out, get lost, or in even worse cases, owners abandon them. Are they more vulnerable to problems than cats with more fur? I don't know...sunburns, scratches, bites and so forth. I agree however, they many not be traditionally pretty, but they are uniquely cute!

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      kezan98 lm 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Cat Party Group, We've given you a top rating for this cat lens

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      There's nothing I don't like about this lens! You do amazing work. Are sphinx cats/hairless cats the same thing? I've seen a hairless, but wasn't sure if that was the same deal. Great work once again!

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      Bellezza-Decor 9 years ago from Canada

      Great Lens - I love my Himalayan Cat, but wouldn't mind no more fur!

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      mmason 9 years ago

      Great lens. I love the pictures you've used. Great info too!

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      sphinx are so pretty!

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      Very cool lens. It keeps me coming back for more. 5 STARS for all the great info you have compiled.

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      You have some of the best lenses! So full of info and tons of fun. Love the Polar Bears

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      am also a cat person, but my cats had hair...first time to see a feline without hair, cute nonetheless. cats will always look witty and dead-panned with their pet parent's foolishness...5*

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      Gatsby LM 9 years ago

      5* I have only seen those cats once before. Dog Whisper With Rena

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      DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

      5* These Cats do not attract me, but they really interest me. Dog Whisper Woman

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      mmason 9 years ago

      Wonderful, wonderful. I love these little guys! 5 stars for sure and one of my favorite lenses! All of your cat and polar bear lenses are fabulous.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens. What cute pictures and good information. Thanks!

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      cabindavid 10 years ago

      Excellent lens. Absolutely great work!!!

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Great lens! I had a Rex, She loves people but HATED all other animals. She now lives in a 1 cat home with a shut in older lady, so Sweetie can get all the attenion she needs.

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      Janet1 10 years ago

      Excellent lens as usual for you! All of your cat and polar bear lenses are fabulous. 5 starts, favorited and lensrolled. These little Sphynx are adorable!