Like some other hairless cat breeds, the Canadian Sphynx arose as a result of chance – a genetic mutation. One day, a cat nicknamed Elizabeth had an unusual hairless kitten, which was named Prun. It happened in Canada in 1966. The owners crossed it with cats of various breeds, however, the mechanism of the absence of hair was not fully fixed, since the gene was recessive.
However, success came along with the birth of another bald kitten in another state – he was born in Waden, Minnesota, and received the name Epidermis, which directly indicates the main feature of the pet. He was crossed with the same hairless cat from Z. Stardust cattery, which was a real breakthrough. About 10 years have passed between the appearance of Prun and Epidermis, and, it can be said, they can be considered the “fathers” of the breed. Continue reading