Life Span & Health

Sphynx lifespan is typically 8-14 years.

Sphynx are typically a medium sized cat. The average weight is between 6 and 12 lbs, with males typically being larger then the females.

The Canadian Sphynx face challenges unique to their nature. The lack of hair can cause health issues with kittens in the first weeks of life because of susceptibility to respiratory infections. Reputable breeders will not let their kittens go to new homes without being at least 12 weeks of age to ensure the kitten is mature enough to cope in a new environment. Because of their lack of protective fur, skin cancer may be a problem if exposed to sunlight for long duration’s of time.

The breed does have instances of the genetic disorder hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). All Sphynx should be screened by a board certified cardiologist for HCM at approximately 1 years time.

A type of muscular dystrophy associated with alpha-dystroglycan deficiency, and similar to that seen in Devon Rex cats, has also been described, but is rarely seen.

Urticaria pigmentosa, a skin disease that causes crusty sores on the body has also been noted for the breed.