Sphynx is a muscular cat with a barrel-shaped chest, round belly, and medium body length. It has a flat forehead with a wedge-shaped skull. Cheekbones are extremely prominent on the long skull. A whisker zone can be prominently observed on its face. It has big oval-shaped eyes that extend upwards towards its ears. Its eye color can range from blue, green to hazel. Ears are large with a wide base and a narrow tip. Back legs are longer than front legs with thick oval-shaped paws. It has a thick, flexible tail which tapers towards the end.
This cat species is found in various colors and patterns like cream, chocolate, white, black, cinnamon, spotted, patched, etc. Its color depends on the pigment of the skin. If left in the sun for a long duration, its color tends to darken. Even though the cat is considered hairless, it still has a very fine coat of fur. The skin of body, face, and legs is wrinkled as compared to remaining parts of the body. The whisker zone might be distinct but it lacks their presence.
- Sphynx cats are believed to have originated in ancient Egypt.
- Their hairless body is due to mutation of a recessive gene.
- Their weight falls under the range of 3.5-7.0 kg. Females weigh less than their male counterparts.
- People find them slimy to touch, but the fact is, they are very soft and warm to touch.
- These cats can also trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people despite the absence of fur on their body.
- Their diet is huge in relation to their body size because of their body’s fast metabolism. In winters, they need a diet with high amount of calories to keep their body warm.
- A Sphynx can live up to 15 years or more!
- The most popular Sphynx in today’s times is Mr. Bigglesworth.