OUR BREED FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Sphynx Breed & FAQ’s
(Also in General Terms can Apply to Bambino Breed)
The Sphynx Cat Breed was extinct for hundreds of years and then in Canada in 1966 a “moggy” gave birth to bald kittens. This became the new beginning for the Sphynx Cat Breed to become what it is today, and this is why they are now known as the Canadian Sphynx.
The Sphynx, was accepted for competition in the Championship Class by The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in February of 2002. Sphynx lovers feel this is one of the most rare and unusual breeds in the cat fancy today.
Sphynx are pure enchantment.
Sphynx are rare, full of love with clown like antics. Very addictive and like chocolate very hard to stop at one.
The Sphynx is not always totally hairless; there can be a fine down on the body, which makes the cat feel like a warm peach. Some light hair is often present on the nose, tail and toes. However, i am proud to say that i have been told many times my babies are among the baldest. All colours and patterns are possible and may be presented at any stage of maturity. The colour is seen in the pigment of the skin and the few hairs that they do have. One of the questions most asked is “Don’t they get cold?” Well, of course, if it is too cold for you it will be too cold for a hairless cat too. However, these cats are smart enough to find a warm human, dog or cat to curl up with or they will get under your bed covers, and why not.
This is a substantial cat, medium sized and strong, with adult males being larger than adult females. Sphynx have sturdy boning and good muscle development and should have a bit of a belly as if they just finished dinner. They have a lemon shaped open-eyed, intelligent face and a friendly expression, not to mention the monkey in them will keep you entertained.
The Sphynx are extremely inquisitive and love to be the centre of attention. They perform silly antics for your entertainment and are sometimes downright clumsy on purpose it seems. They make great show cats because of this ”look at me” attitude and they are easy for judges to handle. They prefer human attention but enjoy the company of dogs and other cats. They have an abundance of energy and mischief and are always with you, on you or showing off for you. If you have children that have been taught to treat cats and other animals with respect love and gentleness, they will play with the kids all day long and just love to be a part of the family.
Because of the lack of hair that would normally absorb body oils, the Sphynx needs periodic bathing and ear cleaning. This is not a difficult task, especially with a cat that has been acclimatised from kittenhood with bathing and grooming proper for the Sphynx.
Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual’s allergic reactions, there are still people who cannot live with this breed.
ARE THE SPHYNX HYPOALLERGENIC? WILL I HAVE ALLERGIES TO THE SPHYNX BREED?
No animal is fully “hypoallergenic” including the Sphynx, although the Sphynx are low allergenic. While the lack of coat does make the Sphynx more tolerable to people with allergies to cats. Not to mention – the ‘Lack of Hair’ everywhere else…
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL MAINTENANCE WITH A SPHYNX?
The Sphynx is not a maintenance free cat. Due to the lack of coat, a Sphynx must be bathed regularly to keep the skin free of the naturally secreted oils, that the coat on a normal coated cat absorbs. The very large ears, lacking hair to act as a filter for dust and dirt, also need to be cleaned regularly to avoid wax build up. We recommend that you wipe your cats face with cloth and water everyday.
HOW ARE THEIR PERSONALITIES? DO THEY GET ALONG WITH CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS?
Personality and Sphynx go hand in paw! While the disposition of any cat is highly influenced by the way the kittens are raised, Sphynx are generally highly affectionate, sociable, and intelligent. They tend to get along well with other pets, including dogs, and are the ultimate lap and bed cats. Sphynx do love company, human or animal. Because of their inquisitive, alert nature, Sphynx often make wonderful show cats as well as pets. They love to play with any age children!
DO I HAVE TO KEEP MY HOUSE WARM? DO THEY HAVE TO WEAR A SWEATER?
You can dress them up if you want to. They get cold just like we do. If you are cold they are too. If you have central air on and they get chilly, they will find a nice warm spot to curl up to. Your bed or arms are most preferred. Most house temperatures are just fine for the Sphynx.
NOTE: Sphynx are an indoor only family member, as they can get sunburnt in warm weather and freeze to death in the cold weather.
We sell to approved homes only, as our babies are loved and cared for from the moment they are conceived.