The Sphynx is known for its lack of a coat (fur), though it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has a fine layer of down. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The skin is the color their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch as well as heat-seeking.
Hairless cats have been described in many regions of the world, but the first successful breed was the Sphynx. The earliest Sphynx was born in 1966, and the cat was named Prune. However, Prune’s line died out without descendants. In 1967, hairless kittens, and their longhaired mother cat were rescued in Toronto. The kittens were neutered; the mother, however, had other kittens. Two were exported to Europe, where one of the kittens was bred to a Devon Rex. The cat had hairless offspring which implied that this recessive gene was at the same locus as the Devon gene. One, named E.T., was presented by Vicki and Peter Markstein at the Madison Square Garden cat show in the 1980s. Although there are written accounts from the 1830s of a Paraguayan "scant-haired cat", the first properly recorded hairless "breed" was the now-extinct Mexican Hairless (also called the New Mexican Hairless). In 1902, a couple from New Mexico received two hairless cats from local Pueblo Indians. It was claimed that these were the last survivors of an ancient Aztec breed of cat. This claim is, however, highly suspect since the domesticated cat did not exist in pre-columbian America. The Mexican Hairless cats were litter-mates and noted to be 25% smaller than local shorthair cats
Sphynx of Arizona is family-owned in Tucson Arizona. I have been showing and breeding for many years now, I knew as soon as I laid eyes on the breed, I wanted to share their great personalities with all cat lovers alike! During my many trips to the cat shows as a spectator, I was always blown away by how many Sphynx there were...I knew their had to be a reason. I got to know several of the cats & their owners. I immediately fell in love with the Sphynx personality & also their body type. After much research I purchased my first Sphynx 15 yrs ago. Our cats are family members. They have never seen a cage & have free range of our whole house. They are in our lap every night or snuggling with each other. They are usually racing around the house playing during the day. Every Kitten is also treated like they are a part of our family until they find their way into yours!