..: About Sphynx :..

PERSONALITY

Sphynx are part cat, part clown, and part dog. They are full of mischief or sound asleep. If laughter is the best medicine, then you will be extremely healthy if you have a Sphynx in your household. They will keep you laughing non-stop. Sphynx are extremely affectionate velcro cats who want to help you with everything you do.


Frankie helping Silas "clean dishes."


Bodie helping with the laundry.


Dude showing Bodie how to help Mom keep the plants trimmed.


They frequently learn to enjoy water. Evie even takes bubble bath soaks with me! The only problem she has is that you have to hold her head above water, because she falls asleep and tries to drown herself.


Evie & Carole in the tub


Sphynx wish their owners were illiterate. Then all that time wasted on reading could be spent kissing, petting, and playing with them! Their wonderful skin makes you want to kiss and pet them constantly anyway.

ORIGIN

(The following information is originally from the AngelFire Sphynx cattery website)

Though incorrectly thought of as an Egyptian cat, in 1966 one of these mysterious mutant genes surfaced on the streets of Toronto, Canada. What happened to be a naked kitten born in an otherwise normal coated litter was discovered. This kitten "Prune", his mother "Elizabeth", and a few other bald mutations later discovered were the basis of the early Sphynx breed. Despite tales of "barnyard breeders" here and there, most of today's pedigreed Sphynx spring from two females, Punkie and Paloma, who were rescued from the streets of Toronto, Canada and sent to Dr. Hugo Hernandez in Holland in 1980. As there was no whole Sphynx male (stud cat) available in Holland, a white Devon Rex male, Curare van Jetrophin, was used in the breeding program. The offspring from these breedings were sold in Holland and France and are the foundation of most of our present day breeding Sphynx. During the late 1990s cross breeding between domestic short hair and other cat breeds has produced a wider gene pool and allowed the modern Sphynx to exhibit most of the eye and color patterns available in many of today's cat breeds. Although the Sphynx has been called a hairless cat, this is not entirely accurate. The current approved TICA (The International Cat Association) standards of perfection for the Sphynx call for a short covering of down on the body, almost imperceptible to the eye and touch, with short, tightly packed soft hair at the points (ears, muzzle, tail, feet and testicles).

BREED STANDARD

Here are links to the Sphynx breed standard for the two cat registries we belong to.

Cat Fancier's Association (CFA)

The International Cat Association (TICA)

MAINTENANCE

The essential basics of maintaining a Sphynx is a once a week routine of grooming. Ears need to be thoroughly cleaned, nails need to be trimmed and cleaned, and the kitty needs a bath. The whole procedure takes only about 20 minutes. Since all of this grooming is performed on our kittens beginning at 3 weeks of age, they are very used to it by the time they go home.


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Carole Uhler
410-692-5952
carole@destynysphynx.com
Harford County, Maryland
U.S.A.

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