The Sphynx is a sturdy hairless cat with curious expression. Their body is medium to long, well build and muscular. The neck is slender. Their skin is wrinkle and their head is slightly longer than wide. The eyes are large and slanting. Eyes color should be according to the color of the skin. Their ears are large and wide open at the base. The tail is tapering and proportionate with the body. Their paws are oval, large and well developed. The weight of the Sphynx is around 8-15 pounds.
The Sphynx appear hairless and naked but in reality have a soft invisible hair that fully covers all the body. Any color is permissible but due to the lack of fur is difficult to tell its color. Most common colors are black tabby, tortoiseshell and multicolor. Their skin feels like warm and soft when touched.
The Sphynx has a truly amazing temperament. They are loyal, playful, lively and affectionate. They love to play, explore and climb, so is a great idea to provide them with a scratching post to keep your furniture safe. They are good with other cats, dogs and are not an aggressive breed.
Is Sphynx the Right Breed for You?
The Sphynx are smart and easy to train. They are very sociable, get along well with children and love to be around its family and friends. The Sphynx needs your company lots of love and attention to keep them happy and is not recommended to leave them along for long periods of time. If you have to work or stay away sometime is better to give them another cat for company or just not to get a Sphynx cat at all.
Sphynx Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Sphynx is around 15 or more years.
Sphynx Health Problems
The Sphynx is a relatively healthy breed. There are no major concerns associated with them, although due to the lack of fur they could be prone to skin cancer and other skins issues.
Sphynx Care and Grooming
The Sphynx have no hair to groom, but been “Hair-free” doesn’t mean “maintenance-free”. Its body exudes a substance that needs to be clean and removed regularly to avoid build up of oils. For that reason the Sphynx cats could be bathed occasionally, although some Sphynx suffer from greasy skin and need to be bathed more often. There is not need to apply oils and moisturizers to their skin unless is necessary.
It’s recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean to avoid wax build up and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers. Your Sphynx doesn’t seem to be affected by the sun although the skin will develop freckles. It is important to protect your Shynx from cold weather by using some clothes and blankets to keep them warm during winter.
The Sphynx is hairless; and may be well suited for those with allergies. This cat is gift from haven for cat lovers who are allergic to cat hair.