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Sphynx

Sphynx

A Highly Intelligent Cat

Curious, Intelligent, Mischievous

Sphynxes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Sphynxes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Sphynx and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium to medium long, hard, muscular Coat:Appears hairless, sparse, short

Length of fur
1

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: A Sphynx needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She requires weekly bathing and daily sponging to prevent oil buildup on her skin.

Dental: Sphynxes often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

A Sphynx is a silly and energetic companion that can be demanding of attention. She is well suited to active homes with multiple pets or children.

Positive Traits:

  • Devoted and loyal

  • Loves to play games, especially chase

  • Quirky, entertaining personality

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Social, enjoys the company of other cats and people

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits: 

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

  • Can become chilled in cold weather

  • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

  • May resist being picked up and carried


Whether you are considering adding a new Sphynx to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Sphynx will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Sphynx you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Sphynx could encounter:

Heart Disease

Blood Type

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Hypotrichosis

Alopecia

Urticaria Pigmentosa

The Sphynx is recognized as a Canadian breed first occurring as a natural mutation in a litter of Domestic Shorthaired cats. The breed was further developed by crossing with the Devon Rex. The Sphynx lacks a fur coat but does have a sparse covering of downy fur mainly found on their ears, face, tail, and feet. The Sphynx should be kept indoors only as they are highly sensitive to the cold and are easily sunburnt.

The Sphynx is a highly active and affectionate companion often described as part cat, part dog, and part monkey. They are known for their heat-seeking behavior; commonly found on top of computers or televisions, in sunny windows or under blankets. The Sphynx has an extroverted personality, enjoys entertaining and will often be the first to greet anyone who enters their home.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Sphynx shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Progressive hair loss in kittens

  • Care

    Routine Care: A Sphynx needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She requires weekly bathing and daily sponging to prevent oil buildup on her skin.

    Dental: Sphynxes often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    A Sphynx is a silly and energetic companion that can be demanding of attention. She is well suited to active homes with multiple pets or children.

    Positive Traits:

    • Devoted and loyal

    • Loves to play games, especially chase

    • Quirky, entertaining personality

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Social, enjoys the company of other cats and people

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits: 

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

    • Can become chilled in cold weather

    • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

    • May resist being picked up and carried


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Sphynx to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Sphynx will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Sphynx you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Sphynx could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Blood Type

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Hypotrichosis

    Alopecia

    Urticaria Pigmentosa

  • History

    The Sphynx is recognized as a Canadian breed first occurring as a natural mutation in a litter of Domestic Shorthaired cats. The breed was further developed by crossing with the Devon Rex. The Sphynx lacks a fur coat but does have a sparse covering of downy fur mainly found on their ears, face, tail, and feet. The Sphynx should be kept indoors only as they are highly sensitive to the cold and are easily sunburnt.

    The Sphynx is a highly active and affectionate companion often described as part cat, part dog, and part monkey. They are known for their heat-seeking behavior; commonly found on top of computers or televisions, in sunny windows or under blankets. The Sphynx has an extroverted personality, enjoys entertaining and will often be the first to greet anyone who enters their home.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Sphynx shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Progressive hair loss in kittens

Sphynx Discussions

Share your thoughts and experiences, ask questions, or just show your love for the Sphynx breed here!

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