1966. The year the “sphynx” was born

1966. The year the “sphynx” was born

April 3, 2019

With its furless, wrinkled skin and massive ears, the “sphynx” is considered by some to be the world's ugliest cat; but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the sphynx's popularity is undeniable. The breed first came to life when Riyadh Bawa, a student at the University of Toronto in the 1960s, bred a hairless kitten named Prune with his mother—yes, his mother!—Elizabeth, a cat covered in a fine duvet of black and white fur. Though this genetic line died out (perhaps fortunately), the sphynx cats that are available today—for the princely sum of up to $2,000—are the fruit of other breeding initiatives in Toronto and Minnesota.

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