What’s the first country that pops into your mind when you hear the name ‘hairless Sphynx cat’? Egypt, right? Surprisingly, the alien-like creatures’ modern day origins are much closer to home.
Yep, while there are many hairless cat breeds all over the world, the ones North Americans have come to either love or despise, first showed up in Canada. It turns out the wrinkly Sphynx can be traced back to 1960s Toronto, Ont. According to the Toronto Star, a little hairless fella name Prune was born “in a litter of otherwise normal, furry kittens” and Riyadh Bawa, a University of Toronto student, was credited as being the person who identified the hairlessness as a result of a recessive gene.
Now that you know their real origins, do you feel any differently about said cats?
Yeah, we kinda love ’em now.