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Sphynx Information

Sphynx Basics

Where Are Sphynx Cats From?

The Sphynx breed is a result of crossing the hairless kittens of a Canadian couple to those of a Minnesotan couple in 1978. The result of this crossing became the foundation of the Sphynx.

Were Sphynx Cats Bred for a Reason?

The wildly unique look of the hairless cat made cat lovers want to continue breeding the Sphynx.

How Many Types of Sphynx Pedigrees Are There?

There is only one type of Sphynx.

Are Sphynx Cats Polydactyl?

The mutation for polydactylism can spontaneously occur in any cat breed.

Sphynx Lifespan

The lifespan of a Sphynx cat is 14-20 years.

Sphynx Appearance

How Big Does a Sphynx Get?

8-10 inches tallHow Much Does a Sphynx Weigh?6-12 lbs

When Does a Sphynx Stop Growing?

12-18 months

What Color Coat Does a Sphynx Have?

Though the Sphynx does not have fur, her skin comes in a variety of colors and patterns including white, black, red, chocolate, lavender, various tabby patterns, tortoiseshell, calico, bicolor, and pointed and mink patterns.

What Eye Colors Can a Sphynx Have?

Sphynx cats can have any eye color.

Sphynx Temperament & Personality

How Vocal/Talkative are Sphynx Cats?

Sphynx cats have a moderate/high vocality.

QuietExtremely Vocal

How Affectionate/Friendly are Sphynx Cats?

Sphynx cats are extraoardinarily affectionate. They are more dog-like in this regard, and will even wag their tails around their owners in a dog-like fashion.

Are Sphynx Cats Good with Other Cats?

Sphynx cats are quite friendly with other cats.

Are Sphynx Cats Good with Dogs?

Sphynxes are quite outgoing and friendly around dogs.

Are Sphynx Cats Good Mousers/Hunters?

The Sphynx is active and enjoys hunting.

Are Sphynx Cats Good Indoor Cats?

Yes. For safety reasons, it is recommended that all cats be kept indoors regardless of their individual preferences

Are Sphynx Cats Good Lap Cats?

Whether it's thanks to their personality or their lack of fur to keep them warm, this breed is highly affectionate and loves to cuddle up with her owners.


What Do Sphynx Cats Like to Do?

The old French breed standard describes the Sphynx as "part monkey, part dog, part child, and part cat." They love to run, jump, chase, and play, and are quite acrobatic.


How Big of a Difference is There Between a Male and Female Sphynx?

Males are usually larger than females.


Sphynx Diet, Grooming & Health

What do Sphynx Cats Eat?

Discuss the best diet for your Sphynx with your veterinarian. Wet food that is high in protein is generally recommended, but dry food as a snack works as well.


Do Sphynx Cats Eat Wet Food?

YesDo Sphynx Cats Like Milk?Feeding cats milk is not recommended.


How Much Do Sphynx Cats Shed?

The Sphynx is hairless and thus does not shed.


What Type of Coat Do Sphynx Cats Have?

The Sphynx is hairless.Do You Need to Groom a Sphynx Cat?Even though the Sphinx does not have hairt, they do secrete body oils and need weekly baths. All cats should have their claws trimmed every two weeks or so. Cats are also prone to peridontal disease and should have their teeth brushed two to three times a week.


Are Sphynx Cats Hypoallergenic?

No. Despite her hairlessness, the Sphynx still has an allergenic protein that she secretes in her saliva.


Do Sphynxes Have a Lot of Health Problems?

The Sphynx has a long life-span, though they may be prone to some health issues due to their hairlessness.


What Diseases are Sphynxes Prone To?

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): HCM is an abnormal thickening of the left ventricle of the heart that leads to improper blood flow. It is the most common cause of heart disease in cats and can result in sudden death.

Hereditary myopathy: Hereditary myopathy is a rare inherited disease that affects muscle function and can cause tremors, problems with chewing, muscle weakness, and collapse. Symptoms come and go and many cat live a normal life, though there is the potential for sudden death from asphyxiation.

Others: Urticaria pigmentosa, an itchy skin condition that causes red and brown discolorations on the body; and periodontal disease, a gum infection that can cause teeth erosion and gum damage.

Purchasing vs Adopting a Sphynx

How Much Does a Sphynx Cost?

Adopting a Sphynx cat costs between $75-$100, whereas buying one from a breeder can be as much as $1,000.

Where Can I Adopt a Sphynx?

The easiest way to adopt a Sphynx would be through a rescue that specializes in Sphynxes. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search. The search will show you all the available Sphynxs in your area.

Sphynx Shelters and Rescues

There are often many great Sphynxs for adoption at local animal shelters or rescues. 

Looking for a Specific Shelter or Rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on a Sphynx, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

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Where Can I Find a Sphynx Breeder?

We recommend you rescue a Sphynx (or any cat) before you buy a kitten from a breeder. There are millions of homeless cats across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting a Sphynx can be life changing — not only for the cat, but also the adopter.

If you're not convinced and your intention is to buy a Sphynx from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a kitten from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.

Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your Sphynx and you'll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the stuffed mice and laser toys you could get if you adopted a Sphynx instead!

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