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The Dangers of Multiple Mutations in the Sphynx Breed: What Every Potential Sphynx Owner Should Know When Selecting A Breeder

Updated: Mar 1

Multiple mutations in the sphynx breed is detrimental to their health and well-being. There is a lot of confusion about “mixes” of hairless cats with the Sphynx gene.

People are going to breed what they want but the public needs to be better informed. It’s your choice to breed or buy these. However, they are NOT RECOGNIZED AND HAVE NO SHOW STATUS in any association. When you are doing this, you are not supporting responsible preservation breeders. All the mixes with multiple structural mutations have MORE health issues than the parent breed. Those who breed these cats have a duty to inform their buyers that these are mixes and are NOT an accepted breed.

What can YOU do to support preservation breeders?

As shown above, you should not contribute to the double/triple mutation as it is a problem in the breed. You can help by not supporting these breeders. By not doing so we can hope the numbers will diminish, over time. Help Preserve and promote the pedigreed Sphynx breed.

Why Choose a Preservation Breeder

If your heart longs for a particular breed, you’ll want to work with a preservation breeder to get the best cat for you. Preservation breeders are breeding for the protection, future, and safety of these cats and not for the potential money made off the cat. They have made a commitment to ethical and responsible breeding for quality, health, and temperament of their cats.

Money is not the motive of a preservation breeder. For most it is a special hobby, and a very expensive one at that. The cost of just one litter can be VERY expensive.

Preservation breeders are constantly learning about the breed. We do testing to be sure our breeding cats are healthy and free from any genetic health issues common to the breed.

Breeders looking to preserve the breed, don’t just pair cats randomly. We plan our litters and work with others weaving together pedigrees to produce the very best of the breed with the desired traits.

Acquiring a cat from a preservation breeder virtually guarantees the cat a home for life. If the new owner is unable to keep their kitty for any reason the breeder will take the cat back.

What to look for in a preservation breeder:

  1. Show a recent up to date HCM scan on both parents (breeding cats) by a board certified cardiologist

  2. Health guarantee

  3. UTD on vaccines

  4. Been dewormed, negative fecal

  5. Kittens should NEVER leave the cattery before 12-14 weeks

  6. The kittens must be Spayed/ neuter before leaving

  7. Microchipped

  8. If breeders claim they PCR panel their cats, ask to see

  9. Breeders should have at least 3+ years of breeding experience

  10. Make sure your kittens are registered, if they claim to be a registered breeder. Ask with what association

  11. Preservation Breeders will NOT offer multiple mutations Such as: ELF, BAMBINO, DWELF

  12. Please only support ethical breeders who are HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) scanning. Have them show you PROOF of scans, whether in person or copies. Always look for swollen, sick eyes, snotty noses & ask how the parents are kept. This is very important. Otherwise, you will spend so much more money down the road taking care of a sick cat, if you don’t choose wisely. Look at the coat and condition of the kitten. You should NEVER see a spine/rib cage. There should be lifetime breeder support!

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