Many different variations of the Sphynx have been created over the years.
Most are fairly new and many people are unfamiliar with them, here is a brief description of the variations we produce at Luna Kats.
Normal ears and normal legs
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, as a breed, 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, etc.) may be found on the Sphynx cat's skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch and causes them to seek out sources of heat.
Curled ears and normal legs
In 2004 the Elf cat was created. The Elf cat is a very new hybrid breed originated by crossing the Sphynx with the American Curl. The Elf cat has inherited the hairless appearance of the Sphynx and the curled ears of the American Curl.
Elf Cats were bred to retain the best qualities of their parent breeds. They are intelligent, friendly, social, outgoing and very affectionate. Lively and active but gentle at the same time. Elf cats will thrive on human attention and love. They are loyal and will often be found by your side or on your lap.
The Elf cat is accepted for registration with TICA. At TICA Cat Shows, they are shown as Sphynx with new traits.
Normal ears and short legs
The Bambino is a breed of cat that was created as a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin breeds. The wrinkled hairless appearance and short legs are the breed's two most distinctive features. The back legs can be slightly longer than the front legs. The body is medium to long. Bambino cats are friendly, intelligent, and affectionate. They love to be handled and cuddled up on the laps of their family members. The first litter of Bambino kittens was registered in 2005. It was registered by TICA in 2005 as an experimental breed, and Experimental Bambino, in 2006.
Curled ears and short legs
The Dwelf cat is a new cat breed. This cat combines the short legs of the Munchkin cat, the hairless trait of the Sphynx cat and the curled ears of the American Curl. The result is a very unique looking cat. The Dwelf's coat ranges from complete hairlessness to a covering of very fine, short downy-type hair. Whiskers and eyebrows may be absent or very short.They feel like warm, soft and supple chamois or suede. They adore their humans and are amenable to being handled.
They are known to be sociable and friendly, active and playful. Their short legs do not restrict them in anyway.These cats are very friendly and very intelligent. Dwelf cats are social and very interactive cats. The International Cat Association TICA has accepted the breed under its Experimental New Breed category.