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Thermal Sphynx

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    Thermal Sphynx is a new term to me. Granted I am still strying to catch up on all the developments and changes with the breed. But I know just the right bunch of people who can help me! :ThumbsUp:

    Is it a term for kitties changing color with the seasons? How is this passed off to offspring? How do you know if a kitten is a thermal? How do you register the color on TICA and CFA papers? Are there health concerns associated with them?

    Thanks for helping an old dog learn something new.
     
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      Butterball is a thermal sphynx when he gets under the covers.
       
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        I live in Maine...the only thing that comes close to thermal is underwear!
         
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        He's like a portable heater when he gets under the covers. Sometimes I have to move him to his own bed and cover him up with his Dallas Cowboys blanket.
         
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        I would help out, but not up to snuff on that one myself. Am anxiously awaiting the answer.
         
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        My Wrinkles is a Thermal Sphynx.
        I am sorry but it is not funny when you have to redo TICA and CFA Regs when the color changes.
        Wrinkles was sold to me as seal point and white and she turned into a Seal Tortie Point and White.
        Thermal sphynx are born mostly white and change color as they age.
        They darken in the winter and lighten in the summer.


         
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          It is very interesting to know most Thermals are born white.
          At what point did you know she had stopped changing so you could change the color on her forms?
          Do you know how the trait is genetically linked? Is this something breeders try to achieve or is it too random?
           
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          I am so excited to learn more about the term too...it must be like having a little naked mewing mood ring.
           
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          Wrinkles is still changing color but she will stay a Seal Tortie and White now.
          I had DNA tests done at UC Davis.
          I knew she was the wrong color after I sent the blue slip in but it was to late.
          The judges changed it at her first CFA show.
          They had a big debate about her.
           
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          I have heard of "thermal" kittens. generally they are born solid pink or "cream" and wouldn't get any coloring for a few weeks and inherited the name "thermal". I don't believe it's very common. I did not ever hear of them changing colors when adults. Thanks for that info M2M.:Laugh:
           
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            Wrinkles breeder has more Thermals.
            Cleos breeder explained them to me last nov when I asked.
            Wrinkles is lighter right now because it has been hot.

             
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              Very cool.
              Are there any more thermals on Sphynx Lair? Or is Wrinkles the only 'official' one?
               
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              I only know of point and mink kittens being born pink....and they will start getting colored within a few weeks....the mink kittens will color faster as the points....:Wink:
               
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                The thermals are the pointed kittens.
                 
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                  Okay....i never heard the term thermal being used for pointed kittens.....i guess it is a different language thing :Wink::Smile:
                   
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                    Do the thermals always change coloring with the seasons through out their life? Is this change subtle or is is pronounced enough that it can affect showing?
                     
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                      My Hibou is a thermal too. She was mostly cream colored on her body till she was about 6 months old and then she started getting darker (during the winter months). She is officially a Seal Mink & White. She also got a little hairier over the winter but seems to have lost a lot of it.
                      A breeder I was recently talking to said that they will darken graduallyas they age and it can continue on well into adulthood.


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                      Just to show some of the differences.
                       
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                        Here are my pics of Wrinkles before and after.
                        Wrinkles before I got her.[​IMG]

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                        When I got her.
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                        Last Year
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                          Thanks for the pictures of Hibou and Wrinkles. It must be very cool to watch the color change ....almost like waiting for a Polaroid picture to develop.
                           
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                          Wow thanks for posting the pictures of Hibou and Wrinkles! That is so interesting to see how their color has changed!
                           
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                          Wow---their markings change so much! Thermals got me to thinking how cool it would be to have Sphynx that change colors. Say during the summer months you have a Seal Mink with White. During the Fall, you have a calico. During the winter, you have a black and white. Then during the Spring, you have a Tortie. That'd be pretty fun, I can dream right :Laugh:
                           
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                          you are welcome, I think we all have that one thing in common here, we love to share our pics. My Hibou doesn't have the neat patches of color that wrinkles does, her "white" is mostly on her underbelly and then her paws and of course her cute little milk moustache!
                           
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                          Wow I'll have to keep an eye on Buffy! She's the same light color as kitten Hibou. [​IMG]