Felis ISSN 2398-2950


Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Rosemary Fisher



  •   Sphynx 

General information

  • To date, the breed is recognized only by TICA (The International Cat Association), although the UK's GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) registers the Sphynx to prevent breeding with the Devon Rex.
  • Sphynx cats can be just as colorful as cats with hair, as the skin comes in a variety of pigments.
  • Without the insulating properties of a coat, the Sphynx is highly susceptible to cold and heat, and must be kept as a house cat.
  • Despite the absence of fur, Sphynx cats require grooming - a sponge down with warm water - to ensure that dander does not build up on the skin.
  • Quiet, loyal, affectionate and sweet-tempered, the Sphynx is ideally suited to a role as a house cat.
  • The Sphynx is not a hypoallergenic cat despite the claims of some people, however, some people who are allergic to cats do tolerate the Sphynx breed better than normal coated cats.

Biological data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the Cat Fanciers' Association website to search for details of CFA Affiliated cat clubs -www.cfa.org.
  • Sphynx Breed Council -www.sphynxbc.org.


  • Visit the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy website to search for details of GCCF Affiliated cat clubs - www.gccfcats.org.