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It’s not from Egypt, and it isn’t hairless. Discover more about the friendly Sphynx by turning to
The world can’t quite make up its mind about what to do with body hair: shave it, wax it, laser it, or keep it? The Sphynx cat, on the other hand, does not share mankind’s confusion. Born with an apparent absence of hair, it is quite comfortable in its own skin. While known to many as a “hairless” cat, the Sphynx is actually not completely devoid of fur. At close 2 ! warm skin.
Hairlessness is a distinctive feature, but with hair on the ears and the nose Medium size, with females usually smaller than males Body is warm and soft; skin feels like a soft peach Amenable to handling, lively, with a sweet temperament
• Well-muscled, sturdy; medium in proportion to the body Rear legs slightly longer than the front Oval paws with well! and four behind Thick paw pads, as if walking on cushions
• Medium-length, well-muscled, rounded with a slight arch In adult males: allowance to be made for heavy musculature
• Medium length, hard, muscular Broad, rounded chest; round abdomen • Muscular and wellrounded rump • Back line rises just behind the shoulder blades to accommodate longer back legs when standing • Boning is medium
• Large to very large • Broad at the base, open and upright • When viewed from the front, the outer base of the ear should begin at the level of the eye, neither low set nor on top of the head. Ear interior is naturally without furnishing
MUZZLE AND CHIN
• Whisker break with prominent whisker pads • Strong chin that forms perpendicular line with upper lip
! it is wide Prominent cheekbones Whisker break and pads give the muzzle a squared appearance • 7 < in front of the ears Straight nose, with a slight to moderate palpable stop at the bridge of the nose
• Round, prominent cheekbones that ! 4 cheekbones form a curve above the whisker break
• Lemon-shaped, large • Has wide-open center while coming ! on each side At a slight upward angle, aligning with the outer base of the ear Set wide apart, with the distance between them at least as wide as one eye All eye colors acceptable
Q: WHY DOES THE SPHYNX LOOK THE WAY IT DOES – THAT IS, HAIRLESS?
A: The [appearance of the] Sphynx came from a genetic mutation. The breed started in [the] mid-1960s when a hairless kitten was born to a shorthaired queen. The kitten was mated back to its mother, which produced more “naked” kittens. Some may cringe at the seemingly “freakish” appearance of this apparently fur-free cat, but it is just as adorable as its < " > more about this fascinating feline. Q: ARE SPHYNX CATS TRULY HAIRLESS? A: They actually have a very short downy coat, which can often be hard to see or feel. Q: HOW AFFECTIONATE ARE THEY? A: They are very vocal, especially when in heat. They are sociable, loving, and playful. In fact, they are + "
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THEIR PERSONALITY?
A: They are sweet-tempered and very affctionate. They also very lively.
Q: WHAT NEEDS DO THEY HAVE THAT MAY NEED EXTRA ATTENTION?
A: They need weekly baths. Their skin produces oil, ! + " @ skin is also more sensitive than other felines. They get easily scratched.
Q: WHAT ARE THE INTERNATIONAL CAT ASSOCIATION (TICA) STANDARDS FOR THIS BREED?
A: The skin should have the texture of chamois. It + ! imperceptible to both the eye and the touch. On the ** ! hair is allowed. [A] lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. Whiskers and eyebrows may be present, or may be totally absent. The cat should not be small or dainty. The Sphynx is lively, intelligent, and above all, amenable to handling.
Q: ARE THEY EXPENSIVE TO KEEP?
A: No, they are not. Just give them good food, clean water, and plenty of love.
Q: ARE THEY SIMILAR TO ANY OTHER BREEDS?
A: Other breeds Sphynx are the Bambino, Donskoy, Levkoy and Peterbald. They are all “hairless”.
Q: ARE THEY HYPOALLERGENIC?
A: They are not hypoallergenic. They still produce protein in cat saliva and skin secretions that causes allergies.
Q: WHAT MYTH ABOUT SPHYNX CATS DO YOU OFTEN HEAR?
A: That they are from Egypt.
Q: HOW CAN A POTENTIAL OWNER TELL IF A SPHYNX FOR ADOPTION IS HEALTHY?
A: [It should have] clear eyes and very lively, clean skin. Its body should not be very thin [and it must have a healthy appetite].
Q: HOW DOES ONE ENSURE THAT A SPHYNX COMES FROM ETHICAL BREEDERS?
A: Right now, I think there are many importers and breeders here in the Philippines. Do some background checks on them before you [make a decision].
Q: ASIDE FROM PROVIDING ITS NEEDS, HOW ELSE DOES ONE CARE FOR THIS BREED SO THAT IT LIVES A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE? A: Give [them plenty of] attention. Play with them and cuddle with them.
Q: WHAT FACTORS SHOULD ONE CONSIDER BEFORE DECIDING TO GET A SPHYNX?
A: [Ask yourself] if you have the time to give it weekly baths. Consider the space where they [will] stay. Think about your ! + 4 they are a bit on the expensive side. [Reconsider adopting a Sphynx] if you don’t have time and space.
Q: DO YOU KNOW OF ANY SPHYNX CATS THAT STARRED IN MOVIES?
A: I think the most popular one is Mr. Bigglesworth in Austin Powers. He is Dr. Evil’s pet.