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Sphynx Breed Information
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Sphynx
Description  
 
The Sphynx Cat coat is not precisely hairless. These cats do have a fine suede-like coat that is soft and warm to the touch. There may be areas of fur on the tip of tail. above the brown or around the toes. The Sphynx Cat has a large wide head with a slender neck. The ears are set tall and open. They have large eyes that are slightly slanting and high rounded cheekbones. The legs are long with thick rounded paws. The tail is long. slender and whip-like. The skin may be wrinkled between the ears. around the muzzle and shoulders. Most of the time they do not have whiskers. The Sphynx is a medium-sized cat that is sturdy and well-built cat.
Color  
 
The Sphynx Cats coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. These colors include white. black. blue. red. cream. chocolate. lavender. cinnamon. fawn. blue-cream. lavender-cream. fawn-cream. sable. champagne and platinum. The tabby cats are silver. brown. blue. red. chocolate. chocolate-silver. cinnamon. lavender. lavender-silver. fawn and cream. The tabby pattern cats are classic. mackerel. spotted. and patched. The Tortoiseshell cats are chocolate or cinnamon. The Calico cats are fawn-cream. lavender-cream. cinnamon-cream. fawn-cream van. lavender-cream van. cinnamon-cream van. van. dilute. or dilute van. The Bi-color cats are solid color and white. tabby and white. tortoiseshell and white. pointed and white. any color and white. The Van bi-color cats are solid color and white. tabby and white. tortoiseshell and white. The patterns are pointed. mink
History  
 
The history of the Sphynx supposedly goes back hundreds of years to the Aztec people in Central America. The Pueblo Indians in Albuquerque. New Mexico gifted the last surviving pair of this Mexican breed to an American couple. The male cat was later killed by a pack of wild dogs and this old breed of cat was ended. When a regular shorthaired black and white cat had a litter of kittens. one of the kittens was a hairless male. A breeder bought the mother and son and started a breeding program in 1966 in Toronto. Canada. These cats were breed back and forth to both the normal coated cats and hairless cats. There are breeding programs all over Europe and North America. This modern day Sphynx was selectively breed to produce a healthier and sound cat with a larger gene pool. The only acceptable outcross breeding is with the American Short haired Cat or Domestic Short haired Cat. Any Sphynx born on or after December 31. 2010 are only acceptable if both parents are Sphynx.
Features  
 
The Sphynx is considered to be a shorthaired cat. The Sphynx cats are very smart. playful. and lively companions. People that are allergic to cats may be able to tolerate this hairless breed. The Sphynx does need regular care and cleaning of its skin. because when the Sphynx sweats greasy detritus can build up. If this cleaning of the skin is neglected. the detritus has to be sponged or even scraped away. The Sphynx cats may develop lumps and are prone to allergies. The International Cat Association recognizes the Sphynx as a breed. however many registering organizations refuse the Sphynx stating that the cat is a genetic malformation. The Sphynx cats are rare and breeders usually have a waiting list for their kittens.
Grooming  
 
The Sphynx Cats coat is fairly easy to maintain. Daily wiping and sponging is recommended.
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