Kitten History: Sphynx

People are always asking about the origins of this mysterious breed.

By Stacy Hackett

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Sphynx © Helmi Flick How many times have people asked you about the origins of your Sphynx kitten? His unique, hairless appearance is sure to elicit many questions and comments. Do you know what to tell curious friends?


The Sphynx owes its sweet, wrinkled expression to a hairless kitten born in Toronto, Canada, in 1966. The result of a natural mutation, the hairless kitty captivated cat lovers, who decided to perpetuate the look. Over the course of 30 years, cat breeders in Europe and the United States worked to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and robust vigor.

In 1998, the Cat Fanciers Association accepted the Sphynx for registration and competition in the miscellaneous class. The breed has captivated cat lovers and the public, with Sphynx cats appearing on television and in the movies.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/27/2013 11:45:19 PM

Such an interesting breed.

David Stone    Urbandale, IA

6/13/2011 12:46:52 PM

It's going on 10 years with my Sphynx Tux. He's the best cat a person could ever ask for. Fun, loving, smart, always around to play with. He sleeps with me, and is always there by my side. Better then a dog. Their skin does need cleaning on a regular basis, their ears need cleaned the same. I've been giving him a bath since the day I got him, and he doesn't mind it at all. He loves to sit on the enclosed patio and enjoy the afternoon sun, and in the evenings too. If you were to get a cat they are the one to have.

Lisa    Seabrook, TX

2/8/2008 9:36:31 AM

Beautiful cat, but looks hard to care for. Do these cats wear sweaters?

Samantha    Edmonton, AL

2/5/2007 3:31:55 PM

this is a very easy read and gets straight to the poiunt of our breeds origin.

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