Sphynx Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Sphynx At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: North America & Europe
Dates Of Origin: 1966
Average Weight Range: 8-15 lbs.
Temperament Of The Sphynx: Mischievous and Playful, Vocal.
Breed Colors Of The Sphynx: All colors and patterns, including pointed, sepia, and mink.
One of the top 10 least friendliest cat breeds.

The most successful hairless cat is the Sphynx, which is covered in short, silky, "peach fuzz" down.  Each empty hair follicle has an oil producing gland.  With no hair to absorb the oil, Sphynx cats need daily rubbing down with a chamois.  Lacking the insulating protection of a coat, these cats are vulnerable to both heat and cold and must be kept indoors.

History Of The Sphynx:

The first Sphynx was born in 1966, but his line died out.  In 1978, a longhaired cat in Toronto, Canada had several litters with one or more hairless kittens.  One of them was exported to Europe and bred to a Devon Rex.  Hairless offspring resulted, implying that this recessive gene may have some dominance over the Devon gene.

Common Sphynx Health Issues:

Easy Loss of Body Heat.
Extreme Sensitivities To Anesthetics, Vaccines, and Pesticides.
Heart Disease.
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