The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur). Hairlessness in cats is a naturally-occurring genetic mutation; however, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. The skin should have the texture of chamois leather, as it has fine hairs, or the cat may be completely hairless. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cats have a narrow, long head, and webbed feet. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on the Sphynx cat's skin. Because they have no fur they lose more body heat than coated cats; this makes them warm to the touch, and prone to finding warm places.
Also known as
This breed is also called Canadian Hairless, Hairless Cat, Sphinx, Sphinx Cat, Sphynx, Sphynx And Hairless Cat as well as Sphynx Cat.
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