The Sphynx, also known as Canadian Hairless, is a rare breed of cat known for its lack of a coat. The Sphynx appears to be a hairless cat, but it is not truly hairless. The skin texture resembles that of Chamois leather. It may be covered with very short, fine hair, similar to that of a peach. Since the Sphynx cats have no pelt to keep them warm, they huddle up against other animals and people. They even tend to cuddle up and sleep with their owners under the covers. Sphynx are known for their extrovert behavior. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners. In general, Sphynx cats should never be allowed outdoors unattended, as they have limited means to conserve body heat when it is cold. Their curious nature can take them into dangerous places or situations!
While Sphynx cats lack a coat to shed or groom, they are not maintenance-free. Body oils, which would normally be absorbed by the hair, tend to build up on the skin. As a result, regular cleaning (usually in the form of bathing) is necessary; one bath a week is usually sufficient.
Care should be taken to limit the Sphynx/Elf cat’s exposure to outdoor sunlight at length, as they can develop sunburn similar to that of humans.