History of Sphynx Cats
The Sphynx cat of today descended from a domestic short hair cat in Canada named Elizabeth. Elizabeth produced a hairless kitten named Prune. Prune was mated back to his mum Elizabeth, and she gave birth to a mixed litter of coated and hairless kittens. The rare and unusual Sphynx breed originated from this very small gene pool and were very interbred in the early days.
Stoney Hill now runs an out crossing program to strengthen the breed and expand the gene pool.
The Sphynx cat although described as hairless, has a very short downy coat, which can often be hard to see or feel. They usually have some short soft hair on the bridge of their nose, muzzle, tail, ears and feet, they are very warm to the touch.
Sphynx kittens are born with a soft downy coat and are very wrinkly, when they mature they should retain their wrinkles, especially on the face and neck.
Sphynx cats have very large ears and a muscular body with a broad chest, the face is broad with large lemon shaped eyes. The tail is long and thin as are the toes.
The Sphynx are renowned for their loving and affectionate nature.
Sphynx cats and kittens are not totally hypo-allergenic, their lack of hair may reduce reaction in some people, but they still produce skin cells. If in doubt you would be best to visit and spend some time with our cats before purchasing a kitten.