First: determine your reason for wanting to breed. If it is for money or because you like cute kittens, don't do it. If it is because you want to better the breed and feel passionately about that, proceed.
We did breed for a short while - there isn't much money in it unless you have multiple breeding cats. Cats are cats, hairless or not and with multiple cats you need multiple litter boxes, double, triple the litter and food, triple the smell of litter boxes and mess. Prepare for your male to spray in your home which comes with another god awful smell. Your personal time to invest when litters are born to care for the kittens, time to spend showing the kittens to potential buyers, strangers coming into your home to look at the kittens.
If one kitten becomes ill, the vet cost can damper or deplete any monies you would have profited from the entire litter. Every litter we had to cut the umbilical cord, mama would not do it, we did, cut and tied, you must have minimal birthing knowledge, able to view blood and after birth, securing a umbilical cord if need be, tube feeding, etc. Be prepared to have funds for scanning your breeding pair for HCM yearly, most if not all breeders are doing so and most buyers demand it, This cost could be $150.00 to $600.00 dollars per cat. Funds set aside for medical treatment if mama or babies become ill.
The good, you are contributing to a wonderful breed- as long as you breed healthy sphynx cats and are a responsible breeder. Oh, welcome by the way! Hope this sheds some light on what to expect with our experience.
Thank you for your replies! I am familiar with dog breeding (boston terrier) which is very different from cat breeding-let alone sphynx breeding. Its hard to find any info online because most seem to turn into a lecture without any actual information. I have been communicating with my breeder but i would love to hear all opinions and experiences.
It is very time consuming, costly and can be both heartbreaking and rewarding. Go through a quality breeder who is willing to work with you. Breeding adults can cost 2000 +. Also a good breeder tests for FIV Felv and monitor their breeding adults bi annually or annually for HCM. Make sure you do your research on this and FIP. Find a vet that is familiar with the breed (I had a terrible experience with a vet who had little knowledge of the breed)
Make sure you have money set aside for medical expenses. A c section alone costs 2000 plus! Any illness in kits can add up quick. Sphynx babies are fragile the first few weeks and supplemental feedings are a given. Be prepared or at least willing to be up every 2 to 3 hours with them for at least 3 weeks and then still keep an eye on their food intake and littering! Even after all of this you may have to deal with loss
If you plan on having a male they can be aggressive and spray so you will need a room for them
A good breeder doesn't really make $$ at breeding. The $$ is usually put right back into the program.
With that said having babies and seeing them thrive and grow is very amazing so if you're up for the work and financially can do it enjoy