Brief Information about the Sphynx Cat

Things you should know!

Origin

The Sphynx cat is the first hairless cat breed that has been bred specifically for that trait. The breeding programme began in 1966 in Ontario, Canada when a pet cat gave birth to a hairless male kitten. However, most Sphynx cats born today are descended from three hairless kittens found in Toronto in 1978.

Because they have no fur they lose more body heat than coated cats; this makes them warm to the touch, and prone to finding warm places.

How long do they live?: 

They are medium-sized, weighing 6 to 12 pounds, with an average lifespan of 8 to 14 years. Energetic and loyal, Sphynx cats are sometimes described as dog-like. Of course, one of the most remarkable aspects of a Sphynx is their smooth, hairless appearance.

Do they need baths?: 

The first thing you should know about caring for a sphynx cat is that they need frequent baths. Fur helps separate oils and sweat from the skin of other animals. Because of their lack of fur, Sphynx cats have incredibly oily and sweaty skin. This means this breed needs weekly baths to maintain healthy and clean skin.

 

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