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The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur). Hairlessness in cats is a naturally occurring genetic mutation, however, the Sphynx cat was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s.

 The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs, or they may be completely hairless. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. They also have a narrow, long head, and webbed feet. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie,) may be found on the Sphynx cat’s skin. Because they have no fur, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch and causes them to seek out sources of heat.

Sphynx cat are known for their extroverted behavior. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners. They are one of the more dog-like breeds of cats, frequently greeting their owners at the door and friendly when meeting strangers.

The cat is known for its wedge-shaped heads with prominent cheekbones, large lemon-shaped eyes ,very large ears with no hair on inside, but soft down on outside base , well-muscled powerful neck of medium length, medium length torso barrel-chested, and full round abdomen, paw pads thicker than other cats, whiplike tapering tail from body to tip. 

Though Sphynx cats lack a coat to shed or groom, they are not maintenance-free. Body oils which would normally be absorbed by the hair tend to build up on the skin. Care should be taken to limit the Sphynx cat’s exposure to outdoor sunlight at length, as they can develop sunburn and skin damage similar to that of humans.

 In general, Sphynx cats should never be allowed outdoors unattended, as they have limited means to conserve body heat when it is cold. In some climates, owners provide coats or other clothing in the winter to help them conserve body heat.

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