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The standout Sphynx | Purina Australia

The hairless cat with heart

While Sphynx cats are best known for their unusual looks, it’s their personality that’s earned them cult status. You’ll be hard pressed to find a cat more friendly and affectionate, and their earnest attempts to get your attention will keep you constantly entertained.

Originating from Canada in 1966, the Sphynx was specifically bred to be hairless. They do have a covering of super-fine hair, yet they have no eyelashes or whiskers. If you love cats but suffer from allergies, the Sphynx is the perfect breed for you.

The Sphynx has a muscular body, oversized ears, a short nose and while their face resembles a Devon Rex, they are not related. Their most beautiful feature is a pair of huge, lemon-shaped eyes in stunning shades of blue, green or yellow. One look from those babies and you’ll be letting them get away with just about anything!

The Sphynx may not have hair, but they still exhibit a wonderful array of colours. Skin colours include black, white, red, chocolate, calico, lavender, bi-colour, tabby, tortoiseshell, and pointed and mink patterns. Needless to say, the colour of their eyes, nose and paw pads are all perfectly coordinated.

Cat Facts

  • Temperament: Affectionate, playful, inquisitive and intelligent
  • Size:3.5-7kg
  • Lifespan: Around 14 years
  • Maintenance: Medium

Your soulmate for life

If you’re looking for a lap cat, the Sphynx is ready, willing and able. They are dog-like in their desire for human companionship and love being the centre of attention. A cuddle is always welcome, particularly on a cold night and with silky-soft skin, even the firmest of owners will be sneaking them under the covers.

As well as being affectionate, the Sphynx is playful and inquisitive with medium energy levels and minimal ‘talking’. Their friendly nature makes them an ideal family pet and they mix well with other cats and dogs. In fact, when you’re out they’ll appreciate the company.

The Sphynx is also very intelligent. They can be trained to walk on a lead like a dog, which will appeal to their social nature- just be prepared for curious stares and admirers along the way.

Hairless doesn’t mean care-less

Even without hair, the Sphynx still needs grooming. Their skin sweats, so they need a weekly bath to remove oily secretions. If you’re nervous about bathing a cat, pet wipes are a good alternative. This will prevent sores forming in their skin folds, and stop them leaving their mark on your furniture.

All in all, if you’re looking for a cat that stands out from the crowd, the Sphynx is a clear contender. As one of the most affectionate breeds around, you’ll have a soulmate for life.

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