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It has been theorised that Sphynx hairlessness might be produced by an allele of the same gene that produces the Devon Rex (re), with the Sphynx allele being incompletely dominant over the Devon allele and both recessive to the wild type. However a different genetic symbol (hr) is given to the Sphynx gene and it is more likely that these are different genes interacting with each other. Sphynx were at one time crossbred with Devon Rex, but unfortunately this led to the introduction of some genetic diseases and is now forbidden in most breed standards associations. Herediary spasticity and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a genetic heart defect) were introduced by the Devon Rex breed. The only allowable outcross breeds in the CFA are now the American Shorthair and Domestic Shorthair. Other associations may vary and the Russian Blue is a permitted outcross in the GCCF. In Europe mainly Devon Rex has been used for outcrosses.

The Sphynx (aka Canadian Hairless) is a rare breed of cat. The Sphynx appears to be a hairless cat, although it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois. It may be covered with very soft, fine down, which is almost imperceptible to both the eye and touch. On the ears, muzzle, tail, and feet, a short, soft, fine hair is allowed. Lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. Whiskers and eyebrows may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. Their skin is the color their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc) may be found in Sphynx too. People are surprised by how different their personalities are. Many describe them as part monkey, pig and human because of how intelligent, extroverted and affectionate they are.

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  • Onix
    Onix

    Age: 3Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Louie
    Louie

    Age: 6Y Sex: M

    Canada

  • Lela
    Lela

    Age: 13Y Sex: F

    Canada

  • Horus
    Horus

    Age: 4Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Lily
    Lily

    Age: 4Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Jello
    Jello

    Age: 5Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Leai
    Leai

    Age: 6Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Bert
    Bert

    Age: 6Y Sex: M

    Switzerland

  • Tigran
    Tigran

    Age: 7Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Gus
    Gus

    Age: 11Y Sex: M

    United States

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  • My Pet
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