two Sphynx, Paloma and Punkie, were females born in 1979 and 1980. They went to a Dutch
breeder Dr. Hugo Hernandez. Dr. Hernandez was unable to develop any viable
kittens from the breeding of these queens to Mewsi-Kal Starsky (a cat from
the original Bawa line), so he had Starsky neutered and outcrossed Punkie to
a nearly hairless Devon Rex yielding a litter of Sphynx kittens. The
kittens had varying degrees of hairlessness. With this they were able to
expand the breed over the next three years while also having the breed
recognized by TICA in 1985 at the Championship level.
In 1985 Walt and
Carol Richards of Britanya Cattery in Texas bred their Devon Rex female to a
European Sphynx at the request of TICA Genetics Chairwoman Dr. Solveig
Pflueger, who was employing the knowledge gained through Dr. Hernandez's
historic outcross breeding. The result of this breeding was a litter of
four Sphynx kittens including Britanya's Lady Godiva, who became TICA's
first Supreme Grand Champion and first Best International Sphynx in the
spring of 1987. Also produced, were QGC Britanya's Lord E, I'm Naked! who
became TICA's first Sphynx Outstanding Sire.
During the next 10
years the Sphynx breed developed a broader gene pool as the result of
selective outcrossing with the Devon Rex and American Shorthairs. The
Sphynx breed continued to gain popularity in the 1990's and gained
acceptance into the ACFA Championship class in 1994 and CFA Miscellaneous
class 1998 and are currently shown in the CFA for Championship class as
After many years of
trial and error there are now five major international breeder groups (ISBFA,
NASAR, PSA, SARA, SCC) that recognize the Sphynx as a breed.
The Sphynx are a
unique breed with a fabulous personality. I am so thankful for all of the
hard work and research done by previous and current breeders without them I
may have never gotten to know such a wonderful breed of cats. They are truly
a joy to raise and have in my home!