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Hello Sphynx Lair

A Google search for "Sphynx Rescue" landed me here a few months ago and I have been a lurker ever since. Just recently I decided to officially join. Although I am technically no longer a Sphynx owner, I am extremely fond of the breed and hope to own another someday. For the time being I'm not sure if I am a "Sphynx Empty Nester" or a "Recovering Sphynx Addict". I'll let you be the judge.

Times have really changed since my Sphynx adventure began in the early 90s. In the late 80s/early 90s I had read a story about a newly TICA recognized hairless cat breed and immediately fell in love with the picture. To this day seeing a naked kitty makes my heart sing. Back then there were less than 10 breeders in the country and information was very scarce. In early '91 I found two breeder listings for Sphynx in the back of a Cat Fancy magazine. I wrote to both of them, but only the reply from a breeder in Washington State "felt right". She clearly loved the breed itself and wasn't in it for the fame or money. Although we talked on the phone, due to the time zone changes and funny schedules we actually corresponded more with letters and pictures.

Our first Sphynx was a white male named My Precious Gollum. He was born in June of '91 and arrived in Maine in October. Gollum was sold as "pet quality" and although he arrived nearly naked he did grow a moderate Devon Rex (that was the standard outcross at the time) coat on his sides as he aged. We were smitten from the start.

By '92 I wanted/needed another one. You know how that goes. So we made arrangements with the same breeder to adopt a brown tabby kitten.Tanker Toy was born in April and he arrived in September along with a retired white devon rex cross male named My Zulish Pleasure who was born in 1990.

Tanker was the most hairless of the bunch although he grew a fine coat after being neutered. We showed him in a TICA show in Boston in 1992 where he placed 2nd Best Altered Shorthair. Tanker absolutely hated being there. He sat with his ears flat and glared at visitors most of the day. He couldn't wait to get out of there.

After that brush with cat shows, Gollum, Zulie and Tanker retired to the quiet life of pampered pets. By 1994 mild cardiomyopathies were diagnosed in Zulie and Tanker, but Gollum was clear. Their cases were mild and never required medication or special treatments other than with dental cleanings. All three had moderate gum disease and lost a fair amount of teeth over the years. Tanker was also the greasiest of them all and had a delicate GI system. We lost Zulie in 2001 and Gollum in 2002, both 11 to old age. Tanker outlived them both by a number of years and passed in 2008 at 16 1/2.

Despite all the health problems prevalent the early breeding years, we felt blessed to have had our boys for so long. We've had and still continue to have a household of rescued pets, but nothing compares to the personalities of our naked boys. I miss them a lot.

I love the Sphynx breed to the core of my being...maybe its genetic...maybe it boards on mental illness or addiction...and from time to time I search the internet to look at sphynx pictures. It borders on creepy, I know, but at least I'm not alone.​
 

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Sorry you lost your sphynxs.
HCM is more common in males for some reason.
I have talked to many breeders and have been to that.
Do you plan on getting another sphynx?





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Well, that's a good question. After Tanker died in 2008, my hubby said no more pets. We have four DSH, two labs, 3 guinea pigs and a parakeet. All of which are rescues with various needs. The Sphynxes have by far been our favorite pets but their losses have been hard on us. I would love to own another (or 2) one day, but I would have to do a lot of research first. Now with the internet there is just so much out there. I'm still sorting through all the new terminology...Peterbalds, DonSphynx, Brush Velours, Bambinos.
 

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Hello missmysphynxboys and welcome to Sphynxlair! What a great story! sorry for your losses. Your more then welcome to join the Sphynxlair fever forum! Thanks for sharing! Please enjoy the site!
 
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Welcome to the Lair! Sorry to hear about your boys. I have a feeling you'll have another Sphynx before too long! ;)
 
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Hello Sphynx Lair

A Google search for "Sphynx Rescue" landed me here a few months ago and I have been a lurker ever since. Just recently I decided to officially join. Although I am technically no longer a Sphynx owner, I am extremely fond of the breed and hope to own another someday. For the time being I'm not sure if I am a "Sphynx Empty Nester" or a "Recovering Sphynx Addict". I'll let you be the judge.

Times have really changed since my Sphynx adventure began in the early 90s. In the late 80s/early 90s I had read a story about a newly TICA recognized hairless cat breed and immediately fell in love with the picture. To this day seeing a naked kitty makes my heart sing. Back then there were less than 10 breeders in the country and information was very scarce. In early '91 I found two breeder listings for Sphynx in the back of a Cat Fancy magazine. I wrote to both of them, but only the reply from a breeder in Washington State "felt right". She clearly loved the breed itself and wasn't in it for the fame or money. Although we talked on the phone, due to the time zone changes and funny schedules we actually corresponded more with letters and pictures.

Our first Sphynx was a white male named My Precious Gollum. He was born in June of '91 and arrived in Maine in October. Gollum was sold as "pet quality" and although he arrived nearly naked he did grow a moderate Devon Rex (that was the standard outcross at the time) coat on his sides as he aged. We were smitten from the start.

By '92 I wanted/needed another one. You know how that goes. So we made arrangements with the same breeder to adopt a brown tabby kitten.Tanker Toy was born in April and he arrived in September along with a retired white devon rex cross male named My Zulish Pleasure who was born in 1990.

Tanker was the most hairless of the bunch although he grew a fine coat after being neutered. We showed him in a TICA show in Boston in 1992 where he placed 2nd Best Altered Shorthair. Tanker absolutely hated being there. He sat with his ears flat and glared at visitors most of the day. He couldn't wait to get out of there.

After that brush with cat shows, Gollum, Zulie and Tanker retired to the quiet life of pampered pets. By 1994 mild cardiomyopathies were diagnosed in Zulie and Tanker, but Gollum was clear. Their cases were mild and never required medication or special treatments other than with dental cleanings. All three had moderate gum disease and lost a fair amount of teeth over the years. Tanker was also the greasiest of them all and had a delicate GI system. We lost Zulie in 2001 and Gollum in 2002, both 11 to old age. Tanker outlived them both by a number of years and passed in 2008 at 16 1/2.

Despite all the health problems prevalent the early breeding years, we felt blessed to have had our boys for so long. We've had and still continue to have a household of rescued pets, but nothing compares to the personalities of our naked boys. I miss them a lot.

I love the Sphynx breed to the core of my being...maybe its genetic...maybe it boards on mental illness or addiction...and from time to time I search the internet to look at sphynx pictures. It borders on creepy, I know, but at least I'm not alone.​
 
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