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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.[1][2] The skin should have the texture of chamois leather, as it has fine hairs, or the cat may be completely hairless. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cats 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 fur they lose more body heat than coated cats; this makes them warm to the touch, and prone to finding warm places (Wikipedia).

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Ginger Olansen 10 Mar 2020

You are so talented. Another set of animals superbly done!

Artist Reply: Thank you so much

Linda Hammar-Del Favero 10 Mar 2020

So that is what they are called when the cat has no fur, a Sphynx cat. Poor cats must feel cold all the time, so they look for warm places like around the pyramids in Egypt. Maybe selective breeding is not such a good thing. Excellent portraits of these cats and the folds in their skin..

Artist Reply: I have heard that you have to apply sunscreen if they should be out in the sun.. sweaters when it's cold but - they are really unique.. kinda like the Chinese Crested dog