NOT A DESERT SPHINX
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.