Friday, November 24, 2006

Sphynx Cat Groups

Interested in Sphynxes, but want to know more? Join a Yahoo Group!

Go to http://www.yahoogroups.com

EDIT: Let's make this a little easier, shall we? Click the groups for the link to their homepage.

UK Sphynx (this one is for everybody in the UK, and Europe...)
Sphynx Fancier (lots of pictures on this one)
Sphynx Breeder (quite good for health issues, definite to join)
Sphynx Friends (*really* great, sometimes the traffic is rather low tho)
Sphynx Adventures (another pet-friendly group)

That's it that I am on, at least...there are others, depending on which breeder you have a kitten from - some breeders have their own groups, or regional clubs having a group. But this should get you started!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Hey-yah!

Friday friday friday!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Here kitty kitty

Meet Louie.




















and Zeek. (Zeek's the Sphynx).



One of Louie's favourite things to do (he's 13) is to run over and drag the covers off Zeek. Which really tees the cat off.

Both own Nita, who looks like she has her hands full. But wait! She just got a new baby Sphynx!

See! Sphynx can truly get along with *anything*! (Not that Zeek is difficult or anything)

Everybody's a winner

Oops! Due to a slight slip of the hands, I was on my back through Halloween and thus unable to get near a computer. So -

Everybody wins!

Sorry about that, hopefully it will never happen again. :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

A Nekkid Hallowe'en 2006 CONTEST!

That's right folks, come one, come all. We're accepting submissions here at the Sphynx Cat blog for the best Sphynx-related Hallowe'en picture out there. Send in your Sphynx pic to qabilacollars (at) yahoo (dot) com - or the other email if you are on one of the lists that know about this contest - and I'll post them all Sunday night.

THEN - the race is on! Come back, review the pics and vote for your favourite! The winner (determined Hallowe'en morning, of course) will be the official "Nekkid Hallowe'en 2006 Winner".

How's that for a qualification?

Send 'em in! Let's get started!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Best Cat CFA 2006

Majikmoon Will Silver With Age
(Photo credit: Chanan)

A blue-creme and white Sphynx Female owned by Rebekah of Majikmoon. Congrats!

Gearing up for Halloween

The great Mortimer and his sidekick (or warm human/dracula combination) Isaac, before Isaac went to his Halloween party.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Cute Sphynx Pic of the (early) week

Sunday, October 22, 2006

GCCF Breed Standard

The GCCF is active in Britain. The Sphynx cat was finally accepted in this club, so breeders and owners are actively preparing to show their cats to help the Sphynx get a toe-hold here.

General Type Standard
The most distinctive feature of the cat is its lack of fur. The Sphynx is of medium size, boning, and body conformation with surprising weight for its size. The head shape is a modified wedge with prominent cheekbones and whisker pads. The body is warm and soft to the touch with a chamois leather like texture to the skin. Males are generally larger than females. The Sphynx is sweet tempered, lively, intelligent, and amenable to handling

Head - The head is a modified wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than it is wide, with prominent cheekbones and distinctive whisker break with prominent whisker pads and strong rounded muzzle. The skull is slightly rounded with a flat plane in front of the ears. The nose is straight and there is a slight to moderate stop at the bridge of the nose. Strong chin, level bite with the nose leather and chin in a straight line.

Ears - Large, wide open at the base tapering to a rounded tip. They are set at a slight angle to the head with the outer base of the ears level with the outer corner of the eye but are not flaring. The interior of the ears is naturally without furnishings

Eyes - Large and lemon shaped, slanted slightly upwards towards the outer edges of the ears and set wide apart. Any colour acceptable

Body - The body is medium length, hard and muscular with a broad, rounded chest and abdomen. The rump is well rounded and muscular. The neck is medium to long and well muscled. Allowance to be made for heavy musculature in adult males.

Legs and feet - Legs are of medium length but in proportion to the body and are sturdy and well muscled. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front. Paws are oval. The toes are long and slender and the paw pads are thick giving the appearance of walking on cushions.

Tail - Long and slender, in proportion to the body length, heavier at the base and tapering to the tip.

Down & skin - There is fine down on the skin almost imperceptible to the eye, giving the overall feel of soft warm chamois leather. Slightly thicker down is permissible on the bridge of the nose, back of the ears, on the feet, scrotum and to a lesser extent, the tail. This coat texture creates a feeling of resistance when stroking the cat. Wrinkled skin may appear particularly around the muzzle, between the ears and around the shoulders. Any whiskers and eyebrows should be short and sparse.

Colour - Colour is irrelevant; a cat should not be penalised if apparently wrongly registered as there are no points for colour.

Scale of Points

Head
Shape and size

5

Muzzle and chin 5
Profile 5
Cheekbones 5
Eyes 5
Ears 10

Total

35


Body 15
Legs and feet 10
Tail 5
Neck 5
Skin and down 30

Total

100

Withhold all awards for:
1. The complete absence of down.
2. Excessive fur e.g coat on body

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes:
1. Disproportional small ears
2. Round eyes
3. Lack of prominent cheekbones
4. Lack of whisker break with prominent whisker pads
5. Rounded feet or thin paw pads
6. Delicate appearance
7. Any other defect as listed in the preface to this S.O.P. booklet.

FIFE Breed Standard

International (EUROPE)


Category III


SPH


Sphynx Rex Standard
General Size medium, surprising weight for its size
Head Shape modified wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than wide
Skull skull slightly rounded with a flat plane on the forehead
Profile slight to moderate stop at bridge of a straight nose
Cheeks prominent cheekbones
Muzzle/chin strong rounded muzzle and a firm chin
Whiskers whole or broken, coarse
Ears Shape large, broad at base and open, slightly rounded tips Interior is totally hairless
slight amount of hair allowed on lower outside edges and on the back of the ear
Placement upright, set at a slight angle on the head, not flaring
Eyes Shape lemon shaped, large, slanting to outer edge of ear
slightly more than an eye width between eyes
Colour ideally to conform to skin colour
Neck
medium length, shape is rounded and well muscled
arches from shoulders to base of skull
powerfull, especially in males
Body Structure medium long, hard and muscular, not delicate
full rounded abdomen, but not fat
broad rounded chest
Legs
length in proportion with body, medium long
hind legs slightly longer than front
front legs widely set
medium boning, firm and muscular
Paws oval with long slender, prominent toes
pads thicker than in other breeds, giving the cat the appearance of walking on “air cushions”
Tail
slender, broader at the base and tapering to the tip
length in proportion to body
lion tail (puff of hair on tip) acceptable
Coat and skin Texture appears hairless, may be covered with short, fine down
chamois-like, a feeling of resistance may be felt when stroking the skin of some cats
Wrinkles wrinkled skin desirable especially around the muzzle, between the ears and around the shoulders, although wrinkling should not be so pronounced that it affects the cat’s normal functions
short, soft, fine hair is allowed on the feet, across the bridge of the nose and cheekbones, at the back of the ears, the scrotum and the tip of the tail
Colour all colour varieties and patterns are permitted, including those with white. Any amount of white is permitted
for colour varieties refer to tables below
Remarks
  • the cat should not be small or dainty
  • males may be significantly larger so long as proper proportions are maintained
  • the Sphynx is sweet-tempered, lively, intelligent and amenable to handling
Faults Head
  • straight profile
  • narrow head
  • lack of wrinkles on the head
Body
  • overall small cat
  • body that is too thin
  • frail appearing or delicate or fine boned
  • too cobby or Oriental
Coat
  • significant amounts of hair anywhere else as described under coat
  • any indication of wavy hair or suggestion of the DRX or SPH in molt
  • any means of hair removal
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