The Sphynx breed came into existence whena domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in Toronto, Canada in 1966.
This was foundto be a natural genetic mutation, and has formed the foundation for other hairless breedswhich exist today.
After several decades of selective breeding, the Sphynx is now a geneticallystable cat with a large gene pool.
The Sphynx is a medium-sized, robust cat whosemost notable characteristic is its "hairlessness", of which there are varying degrees.
Many Sphynxeswill have a fine coat similar to the fuzz on a peach.
Their skin has been describedas feeling like a warm chamois.
Sphynxes do not need brushing, but because of lack ofhair to absorb skin oils, they do need bathing.
Some people with cat allergies can tolerateSphynxes more readily than normal coated felines.
Overall, Sphynxes are intelligent, lovable,playful and energetic, and make great family companions.