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Sphynx, also known as the Canadian Sphynx, is a breed known for its lack of coat. Hairlessness in this breed is a natural genetic mutation. Skin with a chamois leather like texture, muscular body, full abdomen, wrinkles and a sweet temperament are the main characteristics of the breed.


Prune, the first Canadian Sphynx was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1966 to a black and white domestic shorthair queen. Backcrossing and matings with few naked kittens found later gave birth to the breed. Breeders in North America and Europe worked for more than 30 years to select a sound breed with a large gene pool. FIFe accepted this breed in 2002.


Sphynxes are medium-build and well-muscled cats. Their head is a modified wedge with rounded contours, showing prominent cheekbones, strong rounded muzzle and a slight stop at bridge of nose. Body has to be hard and muscular, with a full and rounded abdomen, but not fat. Eyes are lemon shaped and large. The skin can be compared to a suede or chamois leather and wrinkled especially around the muzzle, between the ears and around the shoulders.


Sphynx is a sweet tempered, lively, intelligent and amenable to handling. Very extroverted, they are curious, and attached to their owners, demanding a lot of attentions.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2012