Below, a recent magazine cover featuring a Sphynx cat from our cattery. The
accompanying article also appears below:
I Love Cats Magazine:
Mar/ Apr. 2001 - Cover Featuring Barenardo. Barenardo is still
very happy and is living with Leslie.
One of the most unusual cats to have magically been produced by Mother
Nature is the Sphynx. In 1966, a domestic cat in Toronto, Canada gave
birth to a hairless kitten that was discovered to be a natural mutation.
This cat and a few other naturally hairless cats were found worldwide
and the Sphynx, as we know it today, came into existence.
Breeders in Europe and North America have bred the Sphynx to
normal-coated cats and then back to hairless for more than 30 years. The
outcome was a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool, and a hybrid
vigor - a robust breed with few health problems or genetic problems.
Distinct Features - Featuring
Winnie the Purr, our very first Sphynx - Winnie passed away at 17 years of
age. She lived her retirement life with my daughter and
The Sphynx is not totally hairless. There is a fine down on the body, and often
light hair is found on the nose, tail and toes. The feel of the skin has been
compared to a horse's warm muzzle.
Coloration is seen in the pigment of the skin and the few hairs they do possess.
All colors that are seen in the cats are registered in the Sphynx.
This is a strong, medium-sized cat. An adult female weighs 6-8 pounds, and an
average male weighs 8-10 pounds. They have sturdy boning and good muscle
Get To Know The Sphynx
One of the most common questions asked is: Don't they get cold? Of course they
do. If you're cold, these cats are cold. They are also resourceful. As soon as
they feel chilled, they a warm human or animal body to snuggle into, or they
head for a bed where they can get under the covers.
Their open-eyed, friendly expression is a mark of their intelligence and
personality. They loved to be looked at and are constantly "on".
Sphynx perform nonsensical antics for your entertainment and are sometimes
clumsy … seemingly on purpose. This attitude, and the fact that they enjoy being
handled, makes them exceptional show cats.
The Sphynx does not do well alone. While they do prefer human attention, they do
enjoy the company of dogs and other cats.
The Sphynx was accepted for registration and competition in the miscellaneous
class by the CFA in February 1998. These cats are rare, and most breeders have a
long waiting list.
Kittens are made available from 12-16 weeks. After 12 weeks kittens have had
their basic inoculations, and have developed the physical and social stability
needed for a new environment, for showing, or for being transported by air.
The most distinctive feature of this cat is the appearance of hairlessness. The
Sphynx is medium-sized and surprisingly heavy for it's size. The head shape is a
modified wedge. The cheekbones and whisker pads are prominent, giving a squared
appearance to the
The body is warm and soft to the touch and, because of the lack of hair that
normally absorbs body oils, this cat needs to be bathed periodically. This
doesn't seem to be a problem because the Sphynx is sweet-tempered and amenable
The head is slightly longer than it is wide. There is a distinctive whisker
break. The skull is slightly rounded with a flat plane in front of the ears. The
nose is straight and there is a slight to moderate stop at the bridge of the