by Karen Marlatt
(Jacksonville, Florida USA)
Hello! I found your website while doing some research. We bred our Sphynx female (Isis) to our Sphynx male (Anubis).
On August 17, Isis presented us with six gorgeous little boys. Five of them are obviously Sphynx kittens, but one of them (the last to be born) has a coat of fine, kinky hair.
It’s not just on parts of his body; he has a full coat of kinky hair. His physical build is identical to his brothers.
I’ve read that Sphynx breeders occasionally used Devon Rex cats years ago, but it was quite a surprise to see this beautiful baby.
What do you think of this? Any help you can give me will be appreciated.
Update (after comments added):
Here is a picture of the little guy, the Devon Rex offspring of two Sphynx cat parents:
Hi Karen.. thanks for visiting and asking. And thanks of bringing this interesting topic to PoC.
I had never heard of this until you mentioned it. I checked out Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians (4th ed). and on page 180 they say this:
“In fact the similarity of the Sphynx to the Devon Rex induced breeders to cross the two breeds, a practice which led to the finding that the Sphynx hairlessness is dominant to the rex coat.”
Interestingly TICA breed standard says that permissible outcrosses are: American Shorthair, Devon Rex. So it still happens.
The recessive gene of the rex cat is usually unseen because as stated the Sphynx hairless gene (hr) is dominant to the rex gene (re)
The Devon Rex gene is recessive also. It looks as though what has happened is what you inferred, namely the subservient recessive gene of the rex has come through and revealed itself in one kitten. It seems you have a Devon Rex in a Sphynx body. A special kind of Devon Rex born to Sphynx parents.
I would be very pleased if you could upload a photo or two so we can all see. Just use the same form, make a short note and I’ll add the photo to this page.
For visitors who would like to see these two breeds side by side, here they are: