NOT A DESERT SPHINX

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Nope, this cat def­i­nitely did not come from the desert, nor did it come from an­cient times. Many mis­take the Sphynx to be a fe­line that orig­i­nated in Egypt be­cause of its name, but this is far from the truth, lit­er­ally. The In­ter­na­tional Cat As­so­ci­a­tion says it used to be known as the Cana­dian Hair­less Cat. Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 ar­ti­cle by Kirstin Fawcett, the first naked fe­line, as you can tell based on its orig­i­nal name, orig­i­nated in Canada – where it gets so cold that it snows. The cat’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance is rem­i­nis­cent of the gi­ant Sphinx stat­ues in Egypt, even­tu­ally lead­ing to its cur­rent breed name. The an­cient sculp­tures af­ter which it was named also have a smooth sur­face, thanks to con­stant ex­po­sure to the ele­ments.

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