Sphynx Cat breed information Breed Profile
Sphynx cat breed information and advice. The Sphynx is a popular cat and unusual in looks.
Sphynx cat breed
'The Sphynx is possibly one of the most affectionate, sociable and
intelligent cats in the world,' shouts the Sphynx Cat Club's website.
That's quite a claim but one that seems to be echoed by anyone who gives
a home to these soft downcovered cats.
Yes, that's right, despite appearances they're not completely naked
and their skin has the texture of a peach - Sphynx should not be
described as bald! They're warm to the touch too! It really is difficult
to judge or appreciate Sphynx just from photographs. What wins people
over, beyond the appeal of the unusual, is their larger-than-life
They adore human attention and enjoy cuddles and games. Sphynx are
very affectionate cats with big personalities, and they are playful well
into adulthood. They've even been described as 'part monkey, part dog,
part child, part cat'. Those who own and breed Sphynx can't praise them
highly enough. They are totally in love with the cats' looks and
Jass Nice is vice chair of the Sphynx Cat Club and breeds and shows
Sphynx. She says she particularly likes their interactive nature.
"Whether with humans or other pets, it never enters their heads that a
visitor has come to see anyone but them! I love their child-like
innocent nature. I love their little paws that they stretch up like
A Sphynx is not the ideal pet if you are out at work all day. They
love human companionship and mix well with other cats and dogs. Sonya
Hornsby of the Sphynx Cat Association says: "The Sphynx is a high
maintenance breed; they are demanding and do need/want a lot of
attention. A Sphynx will want to be with his or her owner every minute
of the day if they can. They are also a vocal breed - happy to let their
owner know if they are hungry or want attention. Some people do find
them too much though, and this is where researching the breed before
buying is a must."
Owners are advised to keep them as indoor pets, ideally with access to the outdoors in an enclosed run.
Sphynx cat breed look
The most distinctive feature of the Sphynx is his lack of fur. The
Sphynx is of medium-size boning and body conformation, with surprising
weight for his size. The head shape is a modified wedge, with prominent
cheekbones and whisker pads. The body is warm and soft to the touch.
Despite being hairless, Sphynx have a range of different colours. There
are black and whites, red and whites, torties, whites, blues, and
"Price should be the same regardless of colour or eye colour," Sonya
says, warning: "We have had cases of breeders selling 'rare black
torties' for huge amounts of money when they are not rare at all."
Sphynx cat breed health
Instead of a brush, Sphynx require a flannel. Grooming means a wipe
with a damp cloth occasionally, but particularly if it's hot and they've
become sweaty. A bath from time to time with a gentle shampoo may also
be needed. Their very large ears, lacking in hair to act as a filter for
dust and dirt, need to be cleaned regularly to avoid wax build-up. It's
also a good idea to regularly clip their claws.
A high quality diet is important for the Sphynx. Sonya says: "I am
also welfare officer for the Sphynx Cat Association and we do see a lot
of cats with stomach problems, sometimes due to inappropriate diet. Some
Sphynx can have sensitive tums so a good quality food is a must. Many
Sphynx owners feed a natural raw diet or at least a high protein
grain-free diet." Sphynx like warmth and to be out in the sun, but
owners need to be careful that their cats don't get sunburnt. They also
like their creature comforts: "They will happily snuggle under the duvet
with their head on the pillow!" says Sonya.
OUR KITTENS COME WITH:
-Up to date vaccination,
-Impeccable breeding standards,
-DNA and Health Panel.