CFA / the Cat Fanciers Association / standard
5 .. Size/Shape
10 .. Ears
5 .. Muzzle/Chin
5 .. Profile
5 .. Cheekbones
5 .. Eyes
5 .. Neck
10 .. Chest
10 .. Abdomen and Rump
5 .. Legs and Feet
5 .. Tail
COAT/SKIN .. 30
GENERAL: the most distinctive feature of this cat is its appearance of hairlessness. The Sphynx is of medium size and body conformation with surprising weight for its size. Females are generally smaller than males. The body feels warm and soft to the touch, with a skin texture akin to either a soft peach or a smooth nectarine. The Sphynx is sweet-tempered, lively, and amenable to handling.
HEAD: the head is a modified wedge, slightly longer than it is wide, with prominent cheekbones, a distinctive whisker break and whisker pads giving a squared appearance to the muzzle. The skull is slightly rounded with a flat plane in front of the ears. The nose is straight and there is a slight to moderate palpable stop at the bridge of the nose.
CHEEKS AND CHEEKBONES: prominent, rounded cheekbones which define the eye and form a curve above the whisker break.
MUZZLE AND CHIN: whisker break with prominent whisker pads. Strong, well developed chin forming perpendicular line with upper lip.
EARS: large to very large. Broad at the base, open and upright. When viewed from the front, the outer base of the ear should begin at the level of the eye, neither low set nor on top of the head. The interior of the ears is naturally without furnishing.
EYES: large, lemon-shaped, with wide-open center while coming to a definite point on each side. Placement should be at a slight upward angle, aligning with the outer base of the ear. Eyes to be wide set apart with the distance between the eyes being a minimum of one eye width. Eye color immaterial.
BODY: the body is medium length, hard and muscular with broad rounded chest and full round abdomen. The rump is well rounded and muscular. Back line rises just behind the shoulder blades to accommodate longer back legs when standing. Boning is medium.
NECK: the neck is medium in length, rounded, well muscled, with a slight arch. Allowance to be made for heavy musculature in adult males.
LEGS AND FEET: legs are medium in proportion to the body. They are sturdy and well muscled with rear legs being slightly longer than the front. Paws are oval with well-knuckled toes; five in front and four behind. The paw pads are thick, giving the appearance of walking on cushions.
TAIL: slender, flexible, and long while maintaining proportion to body length. Whip-like, tapering to a fine point.
COAT/SKIN: the appearance of this cat is one of hairlessness. Short, fine hair may be present on the feet, outer edges of the ears, the tail, and the scrotum. The bridge of the nose should be normally coated. The remainder of the body can range from completely hairless to a covering of soft peach-like fuzz whose length does not interfere with the appearance of hairlessness. This coat/skin texture creates a feeling of resistance when stroking the cat. Wrinkled skin is desirable, particularly around the muzzle, between the ears, and around the shoulders. There are usually no whiskers but if whiskers are present they are short and sparse.
COLOR: color and pattern are difficult to distinguish and should not affect the judging of the cat. White lockets, buttons, or belly spots are allowed.
PENALIZE: hair other than described. Delicate or frail appearance. Thin abdomen, thin rump, or narrow chest. Bowed front legs. Should not resemble the Devon Rex, Cornish Rex or Oriental body type.
DISQUALIFY: kinked or abnormal tail. Structural abnormalities. Aggressive behavior endangering the judge.
Sphynx Allowable Outcross Breeds: American Shorthair, Domestic Shorthair/ Domestic Sphynx Outcross. Sphynx born on or after December 31, 2010 may have only Sphynx parents.
WCF / World Cat Federation / standard
SCALE OF POINT
Body: 35 Points
Head: 30 Points
Eyes: 5 Points
BODY: Medium in size, rounded and sturdy, yet comparatively fine boning. Rib cage broad and massive, abdomen rounded. Legs also with fine boning , yet muscular and strong. Front legs widely set because of the broad chest. Paws oval with long toes (monkey fingers). Tail long and slender, whippy and bare. A small puff of hair on tip (lion tail) is accepted.
HEAD: Medium-sized angular skull, hardly longer than wide, in the shape of a slightly rounded modified wedge. Strong rounded muzzle with muzzle break, well developed whisker pads and prominent cheekbones. Profile curved. Neck medium long and muscular.
EARS: Striking large size, set wide apart; broad at base, interior is totally hairless. Slight amount of down on the base of the backside of the ear is allowed.
EYES: Large, lemon-shaped, slightly slanted . The distance between the eyes to be slightly more than an eye width. Eye color harmonizing with skin color.
COAT: The skin is just covered with light down. It feels like human baby skin and has the same function. Wrinkles on the forehead, legs and throat. Slight hair cover on the muzzle allowed. Whiskers are desired.
COLOR VARIETIES: Any color is accepted, the descriptions of colors are listed in the General Color Guide.
FAULTS: Strong resemblance to either Devon or Cornish Rex is considered a severe fault.
Outcrossing to other bare cats is prohibited.
Sphynx Standard Category III SPH
General Size medium, surprising weight for its size
Shape modified wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than wide
Skull skull slightly rounded with a flat plane on the forehead
Profile slight to moderate stop at bridge of a straight nose
Cheeks prominent cheekbones
Muzzle/chin strong rounded muzzle and a firm chin
Whiskers whole or broken, coarse
Ears Shape large, broad at base and open, slightly rounded tips Interior is totally hairless
slight amount of hair allowed on lower outside edges and on the back of the ear
Placement upright, set at a slight angle on the head, not flaring
Eyes Shape lemon shaped, large, slanting to outer edge of ear
slightly more than an eye width between eyes
Colour ideally to conform to skin colour
Neck medium length, shape is rounded and well muscled
arches from shoulders to base of skull
powerfull, especially in males
Structure medium long, hard and muscular, not delicate
full rounded abdomen, but not fat
broad rounded chest
Legs length in proportion with body, medium long
hind legs slightly longer than front
front legs widely set
medium boning, firm and muscular
Paws oval with long slender, prominent toes
pads thicker than in other breeds, giving the cat the appearance of walking on “air cushions”
Tail slender, broader at the base and tapering to the tip
length in proportion to body
lion tail (puff of hair on tip) acceptable
Coat and skin
Texture appears hairless, may be covered with short, fine down
chamois-like, a feeling of resistance may be felt when stroking the skin of some cats
Wrinkles wrinkled skin desirable especially around the muzzle, between the ears and around the shoulders, although wrinkling should not be so pronounced that it affects the cat’s normal functions
short, soft, fine hair is allowed on the feet, across the bridge of the nose and cheekbones, at the back of the ears, the scrotum and the tip of the tail
Colour all colour varieties and patterns are permitted, including those with white. Any amount of white is permitted
for colour varieties refer to tables below
* the cat should not be small or dainty
* males may be significantly larger so long as proper proportions are maintained
* the Sphynx is sweet-tempered, lively, intelligent and amenable to handling
* straight profile
* narrow head
* lack of wrinkles on the head
* overall small cat
* body that is too thin
* frail appearing or delicate or fine boned
* too cobby or Oriental
* significant amounts of hair anywhere else as described under coat
* any indication of wavy hair or suggestion of the DRX or SPH in molt
* any means of hair removal
Sphynx Standard scale of pointsScale of Points Points
Head shape 5 25
muzzle and chin 5
shape of eyes 5
Ears shape, size and placement 10
Body chest 10 35
legs and paws 5
Coat quality, texture and wrinkles 25
Sphynx Standard colour varietiesRecognized Colour Varieties
Remarks The Sphynx are judged in five colour groups, i.e. one certificate can be awarded in each colour group
Colour EMS Code
White SPH w
Black/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Cinnamon/Fawn solid SPH n/a/b/c/o/p
Black/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Cinnamon/Fawn agouti SPH n/a/b/c/o/p 21
Black/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Cinnamon/Fawn solid with white SPH n/a/b/c/o/p 01/02/03/09
Black/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Cinnamon/Fawn agouti with white SPH n/a/b/c/o/p 01/02/03/09 21
Red/Cream/Tortie solid SPH d/e/f/g/h/j/q/r
Red/Cream/Tortie agouti SPH d/e/f/g/h/j/q/r 21
Red/Cream/Tortie solid with white SPH d/e/f/g/h/j/q/r 01/02/03/09
Red/Cream/Tortie agouti with white SPH d/e/f/g/h/j/q/r 01/02/03/09 21
Pointed SPH n/a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h/j/o/p/r/q 31/32/33
Tabby Pointed SPH n/a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h/j/o/p/r/q 21 31/32/33
Pointed with white SPH n/a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h/j/o/p/r/q 01/02/03/09 31/32/33
Tabby Pointed with white SPH n/a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h/j/o/p/r/q 01/02/03/09 21 31/32/33
Sphynx Standard, 05/01/2004
HEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 points
Shape . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Eyes .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Ears . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Muzzle and Chin . . . . . 5
Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Neck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
BODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 points
Torso . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Legs and Feet . . . . . . . 5
Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
COAT/COLOR/PATTERN 30 points
Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
American Shorthair, Devon Rex.
Shape: Medium-sized, modified wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than wide. Skull is slightly rounded with a rather flat forehead and prominent cheekbones
and a distinct whisker break.
Eyes: Large, rounded lemon shape. Slanting to outer corner of ear. Slightly more than an eye width
Ears: Very large, broad at base and open. Set upright, neither low set nor on top of the head. The interior is totally hairless. Slight
amount of hair allowed on lower outside edges and on the back of the ear.
Muzzle and Chin: Strong rounded muzzle with distinct whisker break and firm chin.
Profile: Slight to moderate stop at bridge of nose.
Medium in length, rounded and well-muscled. The neck arches from the shoulders to the
base of the skull and is powerful, especially in males.
Torso: Medium in size, medium to medium long in length. The chest is broad, may tend toward barrel
chested. The abdomen is well-rounded, having the appearance of having eaten a large meal, but not fat..
Legs: Length in proportion with body, with medium boning and firm musculature.
Hind legs slightly longer than front. Front legs widely set. Females may have slightly finer boning.
Feet: Medium in size, oval shape with long, slender toes. The paw pads are thicker than in other breeds,
giving the cat the appearance of walking on "air cushions". The toes are very long, slender and prominent.
Tail: Whippy, tapering from body to tip (rat-tailed). Length is in proportion to body. A lion tail (puff of hair on tip) acceptable.
Musculature: Hard and muscular, not delicate.
Sphynx Standard, 05/01/2004
Length: Appears hairless. May be covered with short, fine down. May have puff of hair on tip of tail. Whiskers are sparse and short.
Texture: Chamois-like. A feeling of resistance may be felt when stroking the skin of some cats. The skin is very wrinkled in kittens.
Adults should retain as many wrinkles as possible, especially on the head, although wrinkling should not be so pronounced that it affects
the cat's normal functions.
The Sphynx appears to be a hairless cat, although it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois. It may be covered with very fine down which is almost
imperceptible to both the eye and the touch. On the ears, muzzle, tail, feet and scrotum, short, soft, fine hair is allowed. Lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. Whiskers
and eyebrows may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cat should not be small or dainty.
Males may be up to 25 percent larger so long as proper proportions are maintained. The Sphynx is sweet-tempered, lively, intelligent and above all amenable to handling.
Overall small cat.
Body that is too thin, frail-appearing or delicate or fine-boned; too cobby or foreign.
Lack of wrinkles on the head.
Straight profile, narrow head.
Significant amounts of hair above the ankle.
WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW):
Any indication of wavy hair or
suggestion of the Devon Rex, or
Cornish Rex in molt..
Any evidence of depilitating, plucking, shaving or clipping or any other means of hair removal.
Inability to handle.
Temperament must be unchallenging;
any sign of definite challenge shall disqualify.
The cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.
In accordance with Show Rules, ARTICLE
SIXTEEN, the following shall beconsidered
mandatory disqualifications: a catthatbites
(216.9), a cat showing evidence of intent to deceive (216.10),
adult whole male cats not having two descended testicles (216.11),
cats with all or part of the tail missing , except as authorized by a Board approved standard (216.12.1),
cats with more than five toes on each front foot and four toes on each back foot, unless proved the result of an injury or as
authorized by a Board approved standard (216.12.2),
visible or invisible tail faults if Board approved standard requires disqualification (216.12.4),
crossed eyes if Board approved standard requires disqualification (216.12.5),
total blindness (216.12.6),
markedly smaller size, not in keeping with the breed (216.12.9),
and depression of the sternum or unusually small diameter of the rib cage itself (184.108.40.206).
See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for more comprehensive rules governing penalties and disqualifications.