Get to know the Don Sphynx
All you need to know about the breed
Devoted fans of the Don Sphynx abound. This delicate breed has won the hearts of people the world over with their lithe limbs and incredibly sweet demeanour. That along with their medium-size build and weight helps them fit right into any family unit with ease. They enjoy being in the centre of it all, as long as you’re right there with them.
The Don Sphynx is one of only six hairless breeds that exist, but is not to be confused with their sister breed, the Sphynx, a separate cat altogether. Not truly without tresses, there are in fact four different coat types - rubber bald, which are totally hairless; a flocked coat that may disappear as the baldness gene sets in; velour kittens born with wiry, wooly hair that can also disappear, or remain, after year one; and those with a brush coat, very fine hair like peach fuzz, with patches of baldness on the head, neck, and back. Genes can take different directions and the mutation of this one made for the cat’s hairlessness.
Ironically, because of a lack of hair, grooming the Don Sphynx will take more effort than you’d think! Their hairless body cannot absorb the natural oils that are produced by the skin so they’ll require daily wipe-downs as well as weekly baths. Luckily, their more-than-gentle manner means they’ll be a willing participant.
Highly social, as well as always on the move, the Don Sphynx personality is an inquisitive one. Owners will have just as much fun looking into their world as the cats will looking into yours.
2 facts about Don Sphynx
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Don Sphynx
Caring for your Don Sphynx
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Grooming will be fairly constant with the Don Sphynx since their bald or near-bald body can’t absorb oils that are naturally produced all over their skin. They will need to be wiped down every day and bathed each week to steer clear of the slick covering along with any potential skin problems. Make sure to check their large charming ears too for dust or mites. Did someone say exercise? The Don Sphynx is all about it, all the time, since this is one cat that doesn’t stop moving. A very intelligent feline, they will benefit from plenty of toys and living-room stimulation sessions tremendously. As for training the Don Sphynx, it’s pretty much a breeze as well. They are highly attached to their owners and will be more than pleased to do as instructed from kittenhood onward.