where do sphynx cats originate from

Genetics and breeding edit

Some hairless breeds might not have the same body types or temperaments as Sphynxes. For instance, new hairless breeds have emerged as a result of spontaneous gene mutations in certain breeds, such as the Russian Peterbald and the Don Sphynx. Different cat associations, like The International Cat Association (TICA), Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFE), and Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), have different standards for the Sphynx.

Behavior edit

Sphynx are known for their extroverted behavior. They exhibit a great deal of vitality, intelligence, curiosity, and love for their owners. [12] They are among the cat breeds that are most like dogs; they usually greet their owners at the door and are amiable toward strangers. [12] Sphynx cats frequently exhibit strong attachments to their owners, necessitating lavish amounts of care that can lead to problems if neglected. Due to their lack of fur, mischievous cats enjoy cuddling for body warmth. [13] The Journal of Veterinary Behavior published a study in 2012, and although more research is required, owners rated purebred Sphynx cats as friendlier than purebred European cats. [14][further explanation needed].

Breeding edit

A mutation in the same gene that gives Devon Rex dogs their short, curly coats causes the Sphynx to become hairless. Additionally, it was discovered that this gene is also linked to the curly coat of Selkirk Rex cats [9]. [11].

The gene that produces keratin 71 (KRT71) is in charge of keratinizing hair follicles. The Sphynxs mutation causes the hair’s structure to be damaged, resulting in a total loss of function where hair can form but is easily dislodged. There is still some protein activity in the Devon Rex mutation. [9] An allelic series known as KRT71SADRE is formed by the dominance of the Selkirk Rex allele (sadr) over the wild type gene, which in turn is dominant over the Devon Rex allele (re) and the Sphynx allele (hr). [11].

  • Sphynx mother with kittens
  • Two-week-old Sphynx kitten


Are Sphynx cats from Egypt?

Although often thought of as an Egyptian hairless cat breed, the Sphynx is actually a lovable imposter from the Great White North. “Sphynx cats originally came from Canada, and completely accidentally,” Rose says.

Where are Sphynx cats native to?

Originally named the Canadian hairless, the sphynx got its start in Toronto, Canada in 1966 when a litter of domestic shorthair kittens included a hairless kitten as the result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

What did Sphynx cats evolve from?

The Canadian Sphynx breed was started in 1966 in Toronto, Ontario when a hairless male kitten named Prune was born to a black and white domestic shorthair queen (Elizabeth). The kitten was mated with his mother (called backcrossing), which produced one more naked kitten.

What is the lifespan of a sphynx cat?

Sphynx. Despite having a slight alien appearance and lack of hair, Sphynx cats are quite popular and have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Because they are hairless, they are popular among cat lovers with allergies. The Sphynx cats crave attention and are highly sociable.