Sphynx are a hairless breed of cat. They were named after an ancient Egyptian sculpture called the Sphynx, due to the similarities in their appearances. These cats come in several colors and patterns, including black, white, red, lavender, chocolate, tabby patterns, mink pattern, calico, pointed pattern, tortoiseshell, and bi-color. Their color is seen in the pigment of the skin as well as in what hair the cat has on his body. There is so much more to this hairless breed than what meets the eye, though. Like all cats, this breed has its positive and negative qualities.
While the Sphynx is considered a hairless breed, these cats do not entirely lack hair. Most Sphynx skin is covered with a fine down, giving the cat a suede-like feel. Light hair is typically visible on the backs of the ears and the nose. Sphynx may be a good choice for someone with cat allergies. These cats are not hypoallergenic, but some people find that they are not allergic to them. Others find that they are allergic to the breed but to a lesser extent.
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