Sphynx - SPH
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Sphynx is a muscular, rounded and robust hairless cat. The hairless mutation is different from the Don Sphynx/Peterbald.
Top of head
Medium-sized head, modified, slightly rounded wedge, barely longer than broad. Slightly rounded top of the head, with a flat plane on the forehead.
Muzzle and chin
Prominent cheek bones. Distinct whisker break. Short, firm, rounded muzzle.
Moderate to slight palpable stop. Straight nose. Firm chin.
The eyes are large, lemon-shaped and set at a slight slant. The distance between the eyes is slightly wider than an eye's width. Any eye colour is accepted, a harmonious combination of eye and skin colour is desired.
The ears are strikingly large and set wide apart. They are broad and open at the base which starts at eye level or slightly above. The outside base extending beyond the side line of the wedge is preferred. The inside is totally hairless. Slight amount of hair is allowed on lower outside edges and on the back of the ear.
Size and boning
The medium-sized cat is muscular, rounded and robust, with medium boning, which may be finer in females.
The rib cage is broad and massive, the abdomen rounded. Hips and shoulders are of the same width. The rump is rounded.
The neck is of medium length and muscular.
Legs and paws
The legs are of medium build, muscular and solid. The front legs are set wide apart but straight. The paws are oval and have long toes (monkey fingers).
The tail is long and slender, whipped and naked. A little tuft on the tip (lion-tail) is permitted.
The skin is covered by a slight invisible down. It feels like very fine (baby skin) or less fine (peach skin) chamois. There are wrinkles on the forehead, the neck and legs. Slight visible down on the muzzle and extremities is permitted. The nose bridge shall always be coated. Whiskers are desirable.
All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
Special breed faults
Small or deep set eyes.
Complete hairlessness, including nose bridge, “gummy” skin.
Full wavy coat.
Matings with other hairless cats are not permitted.