Sphynxes are the only recognised hairless cat breeds with alien appearance. The most distinctive feature of these cats is their appearance of hairlessness. They appear to
be hairless, although they are not truly hairless. Sphynxes are one of the only
cats with sweat glands on their body. These slender cats have wrinkled skin on the forehead and barrel-shaped chest.
Their chest is broad and have well-rounded abdomen with the appearance of having eaten a large meal. Their body is not delicate but hard and muscular. They have a prominent triangular ears and large, rounded lemon-shaped eyes. The tail is long, tapering from the body to the tip.
Sphynxes are part monkey, part dog, part child, and part cat. These breeds do seem to possess some personality traits of each. Sphynxes perform monkey-like aerialist feats from the top of doorways and bookshelves.
Very devoted and loyal, they follow their humans around, wagging their tails doggy fashion and purring with affection.
And despite all that and their unique appearance, they are completely cats. Sphynxes do best in households with other pets.
Their coat colour can be of any colour or pattern and the eye colour and colour of paw pads and nose leather should match with the body colour.
Sphynxes are sweet-tempered, charming, intelligent, and amenable to handling. They demand unconditional attention and are mischievous but lovable as children. They are very affectionate and outgoing cats. They are very warm and soft to touch and this trait must be one of the most appealing things about these cats as to many people they are not the most attractive cats to look at.
They live for about 14 years.
Sphynxes must be regularly bathed to remove collections of oily sebaceous
secretions on the skin. Otherwise it can cause skin problems.
These secretions are normal; it’s just that Sphynxes don’t have hair to absorb them.