In Toronto, Canada, a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in 1966. This kitten and a few others around the world have been produced naturally, but in the end this hairless kitten was discovered to have a genetic mutation and the Sphynx breed became the breed that we know today.
Over time, North American and European cat breeders have breed hairless cats to normal coated cats and back to the hairless cats again in order to selectively breed a genetically-sound hairless cat breed.
Appearance: There are different degrees of “hairlessness,” which can vary from a peach-like fur to short hairs around the nose, ears, toes, and tail. Seasonal and hormonal changes can also affect the fur of a Sphynx cat.
Their skin feels like a suede hot water bottle, warm chamois, or even buttery. It hangs loose on the body, which gives the wrinkly appearance.
Sphynx cats come on all colors and patterns, which can vary from red, pink, blue, black, and calico.
Temperament: These cats are extremely lovable and known to perform silly antics. They can actually become quite clumsy in their attention-grabbing stunts.
The breed has an abundant amount of energy and can be quite mischievous. They always want to be with you or showing off for you. Sphynx cats seem to prefer human attention, but they do enjoy the company of dogs and other cats.
Health: This cat breed is relatively healthy, and don’t even have any pre-disposed health issues.
The one thing you need to be careful of is the skin. You want to limit exposure to the sun because it can easily burn a hairless cat.
You should also pay attention to regular bathing, since they do not have hair to absorb body oils, you want to periodically bathe and clean the ears and nails of the cat.