Early incidences of this natural phenomenon are sparsely documented in history from paintings to letters, but no documented breeding program can be traced earlier than the mid 1900's. One of the first programs was in Toronto, Canada, during 1960's, when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten. It was discovered to be a spontaneous natural mutation.
Breeders in Europe and North America have since bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and then back to hairless cats for nearly forty years. The purpose of these selective breedings was to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor. "Don't they get cold?" Sure, if it is too cold for you it will be too cold for a hairless cat too. However, these cats are smart enough to find a warm spot somewhere in the home.
The Sphynx is not totally hairless in reality. There is fine down on the body which feels like a warm peach. Some light hair is often present on the nose, tail and toes. The texture of the Sphynx skin has been likened to a suede hot water bottle, a horse's warm muzzle or a heated chamois. They are able to register in numerous colors seen in the pigment of the skin and the fine hair that they do have.
This is a substantial cat, medium sized but strong, with an adult weighing 6-12 lbs. Sphynx have good muscle and skeletal development. They tend to exhibit a small "pot" belly as if they just finished a wonderful meal. They have an open-eyed, intelligent face and a friendly expression. Sphynx cats love to play and interact with humans.
They perform for your enjoyment and can sometimes seem downright clumsy. They make great show cats and are easy to handle. These cats do not do well as an only pet. They prefer human attention but enjoy the company of dogs and other cats. They have an abundance of energy and mischief and are always with you, on you or showing off for you.
kittens are raised in a loving environment with plenty of access to other sphynx, people and dogs. The kittens are quarantined with their mother at first for safety and nature's nurturing. Next they are socialized with a like group of mothers and kittens where they learn to play, eat with a group and litter box skills. Finally they are introduced to the joy of exploration throughout the environment, including sleeping with us! That way they are not shy or prone to separation anxiety, prepared to explore a new home and know a trusting relationship when the see one.
We believe in starting life with an expectation of love and trust so anyone that adopts one of our Sphynx will find them to be truly affectionate, well-bred and well-fed hairless treasures of joy. Of course, we will always take a cat back for any reason.
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