Beautiful in the Eyes of its Beholder
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and the Sphynx cat is no exception.
Though some have been known to label the Sphynx cat as the “ugly” one, not many will understand the appeal of this unique breed and its bald and wrinkled façade. While on a superficial level the Sphynx lacks common feline features (mostly hair), its beauty is beyond skin deep. It’s no wonder then how the Sphinx — with its unique body coupled with its physiological and emotional warmth — has melted the hearts of many for the past few decades.
The Sphynx breed came to be by accident — a result of a genetic mutation that brought the birth of this hairless breed that we have come to know today. In 1966, a black and white domestic shorthair cat named Elizabeth gave birth to a hairless kitten aptly named Prune. The owner recognised the cat’s uniqueness, and set out to breed more of its kind. In the mid ‘70s, a litter of kittens made up from the same genetic makeup were successfully bred, and thus began the birth of a new feline breed.
Before settling for its widely-known name, the Sphynx was originally known as the Canadian Hairless Cat, according to The International Cat Association. Breeders eventually settled for the term “Sphynx” for the unique breed in reference to the similarity it shared with the grand limestone sculptures found in the Egyptian desserts from the times of Pharaohs.