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Size: Small to Medium
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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It's not difficult to identify a Sphynx, as this breed lacks one of a cat's defining characteristics-hair. But don't let this scare you away. This hairless breed of cat can still make a very loveable, affectionate, and loyal pet, fitting in well many households that have the time to devote to it. The Sphynx loves to be the center of attention, and often demands it, whether it be with their owner or another pet. Also, remember that children may be reluctant to have a hairless cat, feeling like they cannot pet or cuddle with it as they can with most other breeds. And, though hairless, it's important to know that the Sphynx (unlike the Siberian) is not hypoallergenic and can still produce allergic reactions in many people. In fact, the breed still has a fine layer of hair (often described as "peach fuzz") on its body.

General Care

With the Sphynx, no hair doesn't mean no care. In fact, the breed still has relatively high grooming needs, and must be given a bath (which they may or may not like) at least once a week. It's also important to regularly clean their ears and nails, as dirt is more likely to build up in these places when no hair exists. You must keep your Sphynx indoors, as they are very sensitive to the cold and can also sunburn easily. However, besides such skin sensitivities, the Sphynx is a very healthy cat with few breed-specific health concerns. As always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

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