The Sphynx Cats Characteristics, History and Pictures
Sphynx cats are ‘unique cat’ which has a striking feature, because it looks like a cat without fur, not a case of cats in general that have fur all over his body. Cats were initially given the name “Canadian Hairless”, actually not at all without fur, Sphynx cat still has fur on its body. It’s just the fur has been very thin and only a few are grown in certain parts only. Sphynx cat is a kind of cat are derived from a genetic mutation, not from the result of cross breeding.
Sphynx cat is known to spontaneously bear from domestic cats over the past few hundred years, this is a natural mutation that occurs in domestic cats. This cat has long been found in areas such as, Mexico, France, Canada, Russia, Morocco, Australia and America, but unfortunately at that time was never bred into a special race, eventually most of them die due to lack of maintenance.
The history of Sphynx cats :
In 1960, a pair of domestic cat suddenly gives birth to a cat without fur in a region, Canada. And since that’s when the cat without fur breeding program began to be implemented. And in 1970 the famous cat associates the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) provides the status of the cat as a cat from Canada that do not have fur (Canadian Hairless Cat). However, because there are issues of health and breeding problems in cats, the CFA finally pull back the decision a year later. At the time the study assumed that the cat without fur gene is weak and vulnerable. Until finally the cat without fur was almost extinct because a breeding program had been halted.
Until 1975, precisely in the area of Minnesota, there is a farm owner named Milt and Ethelyn, they have a hairless kitten born from domestic cats named Jezabelle. After a year, Jezabelle gave birth to two kittens without fur, and were named epidermis and dermis. Two kittens without fur is finally purchased by a cat breeder of Oregon named Kim Mueske. Finally dermis and epidermis have offspring named Pearson.
Then there’s a cat breeder named Georgiana Gattenby also try to develop this hairless cat, a descendant of Pearson, who also gave birth to kittens without fur. Georgiana Gattenby also got these cats with Devon Rex cats to improve and strengthen the genetics of cats without fur. And apparently the offspring of these cats proved healthy, until finally named Sphynx Cats, inspired by the great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt.
Elsewhere in 1978, a cat breeder in Canada named Shirley Smith rescued a male cat, named Bambi, who was born from domestic breeders. A year later the mother of Bambi spawned two cats without fur, named Punkie and Paloma. Punkie and Paloma in 1983 awarded to Dr. Hernandez in the Netherlands to breed. The Dutch people also marry Punkie and Paloma with Devon Rex cats as practiced by Georgiana Gattenby. Then he discovered that the cats without fur gene was more dominant or more powerful than the curly hair gene as the Devon Rex races.
The Characteristic of Sphynx Cats :
Triangular-shaped head and longer. Long neck, rounded and muscular. Average forehead and wrinkled skin, prominent cheekbones, which has a short nose with a clear indentation or just a little indentation. Having a firm chin and short, short mustache or no mustache. Sphynx cats have big ears and wide at the bottom and stand erect, the inner ear is not hairy. Has a round-shaped eyes, like eye color in cats generally, and eye color does not necessarily equal to the fur color.
Sphynx cats have long legs and proportional to body size, the front legs more slender and shorter than the hind legs, long toes, soles of the feet look thick. Sphynxcat also has a long tail and whip-shaped or narrowed at the ends. Creased on his head, body and legs. The number of wrinkles on sphinx kitten looks a lot more when compared to an adult Sphynx cat.
White Sphynx Cat
Albino Sphynx Cat
Black Sphynx Cat
Blue Sphynx Cat
Pink Sphynx Cat
Calico Sphynx Cat
Tortoiseshell Sphynx Cat