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Sphynx, Canadian Sphynx, Don Sphynx???

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

What is the difference?

Sphynx originated in Canada in the 1960's. Canadian Sphynx and Sphynx are actually just Sphynx, with Sphynx being the registered breed name. The word "Canadian" doesn't exist as a separate breed through TICA, The International Cat Association.

Don Sphynx isn't actually a Sphynx. It's a Donsky, Russian Hairless and is not related to Sphynx cats. It has a different genetic mutation, and compared nose-to-nose, look somewhat different than Sphynx.

The biggest difference between a Donsky/Don Sphynx and Sphynx is personality.

Sphynx are intelligent, loving, and demonstrative creatures who enjoy human attention. They're extremely affectionate, incredibly smart, and love to be with people. They're easy going, love to play and prefer to be near humans.

Donsky (Don Sphynx) lean a bit more towards hairy cats disposition. They're more wary of strangers, more independent, and can be higher strung, similar to a Bengal cat.

Sphynx are very outgoing, energetic, and intelligent. They will cherish your companionship, but also the companionship of other pets. In fact, they are so friendly that they were rated as the most affectionate cat breed in a study conducted by Asselineau and Abitbol, researchers who study the human-animal bond.



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