The Sphynx cat originates from France, but its history began in Canada.
In 1966 in Toronto, Canada, a domestic cat gave birth to small, naked cats. Two of these cats were brought back to the Netherlands by Dr. Hugo Hernandez who crossed them with Devon Rex.
It is in 1983 that Patrick Challain, a French breeder, buys an entire litter to Dr. Hernandez and presents them a year later at the cat show of Baltard. More than 20,000 people came to this exhibition to see the famous « naked cats », which even triggered a riot.
In 1985, Aline and Philippe Noël bring back two cats from the Netherlands, and Aménophis Clone is the first to represent the Sphynx breed.
According to the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins), the Sphynx is therefore of French origin.
- The Sphynx is a medium sized cat and weighs between 6 and 11 pounds (2.7 to 5 kg).
- He has a triangle head with high cheekbones and a very pronounced pinch. He also has big ears tied down.
- The Sphynx has fine legs and a tapered tail.
- Its skin has a light down reminiscent of a peach skin.
- All colors are accepted at Sphynx.
- Its life expectancy is relatively large, between 12 and 20 years.
The Sphynx is a very sticky cat. He loves company and learn faster than other cats: he opens his eyes faster than others, walks faster, eats more and before other breeds. He loves to snuggle under the blankets and into warm arms.
His skin secretes a lot of sebum, so he needs a special maintenance. He must be bathed regularly, but max once a week. It can also be cleaned daily with hypoallergenic milk and ear care as well.
- Despite the fact that it is « stripped » of hair (but covered with a fine down) and seems fragile, it is on the contrary very robust.
- Even though the Sphynx cat does not have whiskers, it can be very good at heading into space and does not hit walls more than other cats. He is even an excellent hunter.
- Sphynx is not a hypoallergenic cat. His saliva contains Fel d1 protein, a major allergen.
- He eats more than a furry cat due to a greater heat loss to regulate his body temperature.
- The Sphynx has a Russian cousin called the Donskoy.