growth and type
It is hard to imagine a creature so little like all the familiar cat breeds. Who just do not call the sphinx. However, this is really a cat. And the prosaic “meow” does not fit in with its superexotic appearance. Almost everyone who first saw a cat of this breed experience a slight shock. But whatever your attitude towards the animal, you can never forget the sphinx or simply remain indifferent to it.
The hairless breed of cats was known, even in the days of the pharaohs of Egypt. Legend has it that the white, blue-eyed sphinx guarded Egyptian temples. It is believed that the Aztecs and ancient Mexico had hairless cats. But their appearance was different from the appearance of modern sphinxes. Continue reading
But not so simple. The dominance of the hairless gene in this case is not complete. Kittens heterozygous for this sign partially retain their coat. It can be on the legs, tail, sometimes – to a greater or lesser extent – on the sides, as a rule, the muzzle of such cats is very overgrown, the hair can go beyond the eyes, forming a woolen “mask”. But the degree of overgrowth of heterozygous animals can be very different, even with a seemingly identical genetic formula. This is especially evident in the litter of hybrid kittens (Sphinx X Devon Rex) of the first generation: there can be a complete alignment – from almost completely naked animals to covered with wavy hair all over the body. True, in the latter case, such a kitten will partially lose hair with age, but it will certainly remain on its tail, legs, head, perhaps a little on its sides. But even the hybrid hairless kitten has reduced short hairs along the body, more noticeable and noticeable than the purebred sphinxes. Continue reading