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The history of Canadian Sphynx is probably as unusual as its exterior. There is an opinion that cats like it existed in Southern America long before Columb had found it. According to this version Aztecs kept naked cats in their temples where these cats were very honoured. Only priests and aristocracy could contact them. Instead of this some treating qualities were attributed to naked cats.

While conquer America missionaries properly eradicated Indian religion and culture. Hundreds of thousands Indians had perished. Their sacred cats also couldn't escape from this sad fate.

These cats relatively called "Mexican naked" were supposed to be lost forever.

During next hundred years in US and Latin America territories in usual litters of shorthair cats seldom naked kittens had been born there. Born in litters of outdoor cats they died struggling for their lives. Born indoors they were abolished by their owners which thought kittens were ill.

In 60-th in Ontario, Canada, 2 naked kittens besides regular ones were born in the litter of black-and-white shorthair female named Elisabeth. They were bought by Canadian breeders but that attempt to restore a breed was unsucessful.

Several years later, thanks to sudden mutation, in litters of 2 shorthair cats situated in a great distance from each other ancestors of breed known nowadays by the name of Canadian Sphynx were born.

In 1975 in the state of Minnesota in Pierson's farm usual shorthair female had given birth to the naked kitten that later became one of the most famous ancestors of the breed. Later his owners wich for sure had sense of humour called him "Ephydermis". Next year this exactly female gave birth to another naked kitten named "Dermis". Both animals were bought by Kim Myeske from Oregon. They became founders not only her cattery "Z.Stardust" but Ephydermis also paid a great contribution to development the breed in whole.

In 1978 in Toronto, Canada, 3 more naked kittens were found in the streets. One of them, named Bemby stayed in Canada being alive more than 18 years. Two more kittens were shipped to Holland. These kittens, Panky and Paloma, owned by Dr. Hugo Fernandes became ancestors of Europian Sphynx population.

Breeders began purposeful search for hairless kittens. Any times they found additional representatives of this seldom mutation in America and Canada and included them to breeding. There is known some case of hairless kitten's birth from two longhair parents!

Breeders used to mate Devon-Rex and American Shorthair to expand genetic basement. This practice is used also nowadays by several catteries. Crossings like those certainly could be succesful only when using by experienced breeder with great knowledge of genetics.

By the moment Canadian Sphynx is a fixed breed recognized by many world felinological organizations. Its popularity constantly grows. It could be explained both exotic appearance of Sphynxes, easieness of taking care of them and their extremely nice character.

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