Sphynx Breeding Policy
This document has been prepared to ensure that breeders observe what is considered ‘Best Practice’ when breeding Sphynx cats and in particular when planning a breeding programme. Sphynx, as in common with other new breeds owe their origin to a very small number of cats. It must always be remembered that many of the early Sphynx bred were closely related to each other.
In order to produce and maintain the best quality cats it is necessary at times to have selective outcrossing as other breeds have had to do at the inception. The Sphynx originally come from a domestic shorthair and it is believed this is the best line for outcrossing. Variants from these matings can be very useful because of their unrelated bloodlines and the ability to select the best points from a particular cat.
All cats used for outcrossing should be thoroughly researched, of sound temperament and free from all hereditary defects. Breeders should ensure that to the best of their knowledge, any Sphynx or Sphynx Variants which are used for breeding should conform to the above and match the Standard of Points as closely as possible It is recommended that progeny from any matings not required for breeding purposes should be placed on the Non-Active Register to avoid the introduction into other breeds.
Sphynx Registration Policy:
Breeds which have been approved for use in outcrossing are: Russian Blue and Domestic Shorthair. In addition, European Shorthair and American shorthair are permitted in the pedigrees of imported cats.
Cats already being used for foundation stock with Devon Rex in their pedigrees will be placed on the appropriate register and their offspring shall be eligible to progress.
All other breeds are listed as non-approved.
2. Normal coated cats produced from Variant x Variant matings will have no breed number, only colour description and will be overstamped “may carry the Sphynx gene”.
3. Any cat of Sphynx appearance which has in its pedigree within three preceding generations any breed other than those listed above shall be registered on the reference register as no recognised breed with no progression.
4. All cats resulting from Sphynx x Devon Rex matings, registered after (date of
recognition) shall be registered on the reference register as no recognised
breed with no progression.