Sphynx cats are famous for their absence of hair; the Sphynx is also gentle, loving, and energetic, always eager for human affection. In contrast to his regal appearance and serious expression, the Sphynx is an acrobat clown who does not take himself very seriously. He loves to entertain and amuse his humans and will follow you around the house like a puppy. If you are thinking about adopting a Sphynx, read on to find out everything you need to know.

The Sphynx cat is a medium-sized cat with a very striking appearance due to its absence of fur, wrinkled fur, and long ears. It has a smooth, muscular body that is very compact and heavy for its size.

This breed is medium in size but well-muscled.

Its head is triangular with wide-set eyes and prominent cheekbones, reminiscent of ancient Egyptian cats, hence its name. In addition to not having hair, the most notable feature of the Sphynx is its long, triangular ears that are reminiscent of those of bats.

Although the Sphynx appears completely bald at first glance, a closer inspection will reveal very fine and short hair that gives the skin the appearance of very fine suede. The absence of hair is what marks, in the first place, a Sphynx with the color and pattern remaining in the pigmentation of the skin. Colors and markings can vary slightly and these cats can come in almost any color or pattern, including solid, tortoiseshell, or brindle.


The Sphynx cat is an energetic and acrobatic performer who loves to attract attention. He has an unexpected sense of humor that doesn't match his serious expression.

Friendly and affectionate, they are a loyal breed that will follow you around the house trying to participate in everything you do, taking every opportunity to climb on your shoulder or snuggle into your lap. As curious and intelligent as he is energetic, characteristics that make him a bit indomitable. For its own safety, the Sphynx is a cat that is better off without going outside and gets along well with other pets and children.


The Sphynx breed is a strong and heavy breed with some health problems. Despite not having any genetic predisposition, it is known that there are certain health conditions that affect the sphincters such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a disease that causes enlargement of the heart muscle and can be detected with an echocardiogram, and hereditary myopathy, a disease that affects heart function, says Vetstreet. Sphincters are also often prone to skin problems such as urticaria pigmentosa, which cause very painful sores all over the body. This breed is also predisposed to periodontal disease, so you must maintain good and regular oral hygiene (both brushing and veterinary check-ups).

Despite its absence of hair, the Sphynx is not considered a hypoallergenic breed because its skin produces normal amounts of allergens. They tend to have oily skin so they need to be bathed on a regular basis to avoid excess oil. Special care must be taken to protect these cats from solar radiation and skin lesions, as well as from low temperatures, although they are experts in finding warm places to snuggle up and be warm. Still, there are jerseys and coats made especially for them on the market. The ears should also be checked weekly to avoid excess wax and gently cleaned with a cotton swab soaked in cleaning solution, if necessary.

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