About Sphynx Cats
The ancestry of the naked Canadian Sphynx cats we have today can be traced back to Elizabeth, a black and white domestic shorthair cat, who gave birth to a hairless male kitten called Prune, in Ontario,Canada in 1966.
Prune was subsequently mated back to his mother and the resulting litter contained both coated and naked kittens. These cats, along with other hairless mutations born later, formed the foundation of Sphynx world-wide.
With such a small gene pool, outcrossing was necessary and several breeds were used:- Cornish Rex, American Shorthair, domestic shorthair and, more widely – Devon Rex.
The gene responsible for hairlessness was found to be recessive. That is it has to meet up with a copy of itself before the hairless characteristic shows. Breeders in the early days worked diligently to progress the breed.