Information and History and
Future of the Elf Sphynx Cats
A whisper of enchantment touched a special few ears in 2006. A group of Sphynx
breeders decided to work on developing an new trait of the Sphynx. Anyone that
has had a Sphynx understands how they touch your soul.
The Elf Cat is a result of a deliberate hybrid crossing of the Sphynx and the
American Curl. The Sphynx breed was used to retain the hairless quality and the
American Curl was used because of the unique curled ear and a wonderful ear set.
TICA, which is short for The International Cat Association, decided that the Elf
Cat would be an experimental new trait for the Sphynx. The breeders that are
working with this new trait are dedicated to advancing the Elf Cat with TICA's
guidance through the process so that one day the Elf Cat will rightfully claim
their place in the show halls and into the hearts of the cat fancy.
The Experimental New Trait status means that the breeders are in the process of
developing the foundation gene pool for these cats.
We believe that widening the genetic gene pool for the Sphynx will benefit the
breed as well. We have personally worked with the curl ear gene for many years
before coming into the Sphynx and Elf breeds. With us comes our lines that we
have dedicated ourselves too. We know by history how strong these lines are and
hope that their sound structure and genetics will strengthen the breeds. Genetic
diversity helps the breeders to insure structurally sound and healthy cats. We
take great pride in being a part of the foundation building for the Elf Cat.
The American Curl also add to the building blocks of having genetic health for
the breed. They are known to not suffer from genetic maladies that many of the
purebred cats suffer from.
The breed standard for the Elf is the same as the Sphynx except for the ears.
The Elf standard will make note of the curl and what is desired for the complete
elf look. The allowable out crosses are Sphynx, American Curl and Domestic Short
Personally myself and my family have been forever changed by our experiences
with the Sphynx and Elf Cats. They are enter twined into our lives and are
forever a part of our hearts. These hairless cats truly steal a piece of your
heart with the first head bunt and cuddle experience. For dedicated cat lovers
we feel there can be no greater gift than the love of a hairless cat.
They adore you and love you like no other cat. Your life will be enriched and
forever changed for the better.