The Sphynx cat was actually created by accident. Back in 1966, a regular domestic cat gave birth to a kitten that never grew any hair due to a genetic defect. Somehow, this new cat was named the Sphynx and for the next 30 years, cat enthusiasts all over North America and Europe have bred this new type of cat. Back in the beginning, these folks located other hairless cats that sprung up from genetic mutations and mated them with one another. The goal was to create a large enough gene pool to avoid any serious diseases these cats may face in the future. Their efforts succeeded because this particular cat is a robust and healthy one.
Did you know that the Sphynx isn't always hairless? That's right, this breed of cat comes with varying degrees of hair. Some of these cats have more hair than others, but in general, there's a bit of very short fuzz on most skin. If you touch one of these cats, you'll feel warm skin that's very soft and that may feel somewhat like suede. If you've ever washed your car and then used a chamois to dry it, you may have some indication of what this cat's skin feel like. As long as the chamois is warm, mind you. Also, most of this breed isn't completely bald. You'll find some fine hair generally on the nose and tails of these guys.
While the Sphynx may appear to be substantially smaller than other cats, that's actually not the case. Since there's no fur on this breed, they essentially "shrink" an inch or two to the naked eye. If you weigh the Sphynx and then weight a Domestic Shorthair, you'll find that they can be comparable, depending on how the Sphynx was bred. This breed is of medium size and is no more fragile or "breakable" than any other cat. They can hold their own and they're just as vigorous as any other cat. They've got strong bones and a strong muscle structure. They're also as cute as all get-out with their large eyes and curious look. And because of some wrinkles on their faces and heads, many have said that these guys appear to be worried. Most likely, this isn't the case, as they love to play and hang around their owners. This cat adores being in the middle of everything and getting into harmless trouble. They've been described as loveable, clumsy, and companionable. It's also been said that the Sphynx has got tons of energy and will join you on your lap or on your shoulder, when not playing. If you decide to buy or adopt one of this breed, get ready to give him or her lots of attention. They'll soak that up like a sponge, whether it be from you or from another household pet. Oh yeah, they love them too, as long as the other pet is friendly.
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