If you are thinking about adopting a Sphynx kitten then you already understand the appeal of these exotic looking animals. They exude a strength….a certain vibe that says they are special, different, unique, all of which are true. These beautiful down covered cats offer so many wonderful qualities that all cat lovers have come to know and expect from this amazing breed. To truly understand the draw these cats have we must go back to the beginning.
Where did the Sphynx Cat come from?
Research shows that in Toronto Canada, 1966 a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten. After some investigating it was found to be a natural genetic mutation, and the Sphynx cat came in to existence. This particular kitten and other naturally hairless cats were the foundation for this unique breed. Finding that natural genetic mutation made it possible for cat breeders in North America and Europe to breed the Sphynx for more than 30 years. The goal of such selective breeding was to create a genetically healthy cat with few health and genetic problems. It leads us to today, where we have a healthy linage of Sphynx cats.
Where did the Sphynx get it’s name?
These cats are known for their sleek bodies, striking eyes, and bat-like ears that sit tall directly atop of their narrow faces; so they were appropriately named the Sphynx as homage to the ancient Egyptian statues. To get more in depth the name Sphynx came from the ancient Greek work, Sphinx. The Sphinx is a mythical creature that has the head of a human and the body of a lion. “The Great Sphinx” is located in Giza where it guards the front of Khafra’s pyramid. The Ancient Egyptians believed that cats and sphinxes had special powers. It was because of this belief that even today; many statues and pictures of Sphinx can be found outside of tombs. The ancient Egyptians believed that these creatures would help guard their loved ones in the afterlife. It is no wonder that these regal looking animals were named after this mythical creature.