The Sphynx is known as the hairless cat; however, it does have an almost invisible fur. The coat of the Sphynx is sparse and does not have layers. The cat’s skin is clearly visible on the muzzle, ears, paws and tail. They are highly sensitive to cold and abrupt changes in temperature. The Sphynx’s skin comes in every color that a cat can be. Their temperament remains as fun-loving as their kittenhood antics.
Sphynx require regular bathing to prevent oil build-up on the skin and producing a sticky film. Ears produce heavy amounts of waxy buildup that collects dust and dirt, as does the area around the nails. Both require frequent cleaning.
Active and craving attention, the Sphynx prefers an interactive household, lots of play time and plenty of affection from their people. The breed accepts other animals and children, but can be very persistent for attention. Lack of hair requires a comfortably warm home year-round, with plenty of places to snuggle down for extra heat.
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Considered incredibly intelligent, outgoing, loving, people-oriented, active and a champion cuddler. Natural hams, Sphynx will get lonely and demanding if not given regular attention. Excellent with other animals and children, but they do not like to share.
A nearly hairless body, likened to a suede hot water bottle. Big, lemon-shaped eyes, large, full ears and a thin, long, ratlike tail heighten the alien appearance. With a medium overall body size, Sphynx are hard and muscular, with a broad, rounded chest and "pot belly." Wrinkled skin is desirable, particularly around the muzzle, between the ears and around the shoulders. Thick paw pads give the appearance of walking on cushions.