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Sphynx Cats and Kittens -- Where Did They Come From - Their History

                 Proud Sphynx Breeders For Over 17 Years

Our Sphynx Kittens Now Availible in Both


Michigan and Arkansas


(ATTENTION:  Due to health issues and other obligations...  As Of May 2011:

We will not be breeding or selling kittens from our Arkansas cattery until further notice...

HOWEVER, As Always...

We will continue to serve you from our Sphynx Cattery in Michigan)



Gene Spidell

1100 Woodland Road   -   Nashville, Michigan   49073



Email:   WeWorksmarter@Gmail.com 



                           " The Sphynx Cat and Sphynx Kitten  -  Their History "

(As it was given to us)  


 The Sphynx cat is a spontaneous mutation fostered by careful and  selective

breedings by a few dedicated breeders throughout the world to

become the beautiful unique cat that it is today.


 Hairless kittens have been recorded many times throughout the history of cats,

but until recently these kittens were never used in a breeding program.



 The beginning of today's Sphynx appears to be in Ontario, Canada in 1966.


 A domestic cat, Elizabeth, produced a hairless kitten, named Prune.

These two cats were acquired by Ridyadh & Yania Bawa to be

used in a breeding program.


Keese & Rita Tenhove joined the Bawas in this breeding of hairless

cats that were called "Sphynx Cats".  (Not Sphinx Cats)



 In 1973 one of the female kittens, Dutchie's Nerfertiti, produced by the Bawa/

Tenhove program went to Sandie Kaiser of Mewsi-Kal Cattery.  


Sandie also had a male Sphynx, Prune's Napoleon of Bor-Al,

which was bred by the Bawas.  


In 1978 two of Dutchie's Nefertiti's kittens went to Dr. Hugo Hernandez

in Holland. These kittens were a male, Mewsi-Kal Starsky,

and a female,  Mewsi-Kal Johnny.  


 Dr. Hernandez tried to breed the male and female that he had acquired from

Sandie Kaiser.  This resulted in one pregnancy, but the kittens

were lost when the mother rejected them.



  In 1980 Shirley Smith of Toronto, Canada acquired two hairless female

kittens, born from litters of a domestic mother...


These kittens were also sent to Dr. Hernandez and were named Punkie & Paloma.    


After Punkie & Paloma were received from Canada, Dr. Hernandez

tried breeding Starsky with them.


 Starsky did not accept the new queens and Dr. Hernandez had him altered.



 Paloma then went to another Dutch breeder, Hannie Nathans, and was

found to be pregnant by Starsky after all.


Unfortunately Paloma lost this litter and there was no other whole male

Sphynx available for the Dutch breeders to use.


Dr. Hernandez then decided to use a male Devon Rex in his breeding program.


So Punkie was bred to Curare van Jetrophin & the breeding

produced a litter of 5 kittens, some of which were bald.


 The Sphynx progressed to France, England and America this way.



In 1981 Kim Mueske, of Z. Stardust Cattery in Oregon, acquired two

hairless females that had been born to normal coated shorthair

tabby parents  from Milt & Ethelyn Pearson of Minnesota.


The Pearson's had had hairless kittens born in several litters. However, 

they were not breeders, thus their farm cats bred indiscriminately.


Several other kittens were acquired from the Pearson’s by other breeders,

but no Sphynx births are recorded from these.


Kim Meuske then acquired two Devon Rex to use for breeding

with the two hairless females.



 In 1986 one of the kittens produced from these breedings,

SGC Z. Stardust Winnie Rinkle of Rinkurl, went to Rinkurl

Cattery owned by Lisa Bressler in New York.


Rinkurl then imported the first Amenophis cat, Amenophis

Cocoon, to the United States.


 Rinkurl also introduced the Jen Jude line into the Sphynx gene pool and

 did the first American Shorthair outcross with the Sphynx,

encouraging other breeders to do the same thing.


In 1985 Britanya Cattery, owned by Walt and Carol Richards of

San Antonio, Texas, (with whom we worked with very closely when we began

our Sphynx breeding program, and to whom we give a great deal of credit for any

success we've had as Sphynx Breeders),  got into the Sphynx cat program.


Their female Devon Rex, Britanya's Aida Lot, was bred to a Sphynx male,

Chnoem de Calecat, from France.



 This breeding produced four Sphynx kittens:


Two males: Britanya's Lord E. I'm Naked and Britanya's Gremlin.

 Two females:, Britanya's Lady Godiva and Britanya's Baroness Quizit.


 Britanya's Lady Godiva became TICAs first Sphynx ever to reach

Supreme Grand Champion status in April of 1987.



 By breeding three of their first Sphynx to Devon Rex, Walt and

Carol Richards were able to expand their gene pool to the

point of being able to do Sphynx to Sphynx breedings.


 In the early years of the Sphynx breed Britanya Cattery was highly

instrumental in helping a number of U.S. catteries attain

their Sphynx foundation stock.


 Through their involvement, in the early Sphynx breeding programs,

the influence they had on the development of the Sphynx breed,

and their role in introducing the Sphynx in America...


Britanya has probably been one of the most

influential catteries in the Sphynx history, and

we are proud to have been mentored by them...!!!



The numbers of Sphynx, that can be traced back to the two Sphynx

kittens found in Canada and sent to Dr. Hugo Hernandez in the

Netherlands, have increased to the point that there is now a

diverse gene pool within the Sphynx breed.


All this leading to an ever expanding growth of

Sphynx Cat breeders Internationally...!


Intrigue Sphynx Cattery


1100 Woodland Road - Nashville, Michigan  49073   

Email:  WeWorksmarter@Gmail.com

Gene Spidell 

Proud Sphynx Breeders For Over 17 Years




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