Sphynx Cat Breed - Temperament

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015


The Sphynx has been referred to as “the ET of the cat world.” This is an intelligent, inquisitive, extremely friendly breed that is unusually people-oriented. Sphynx commonly greet their owners (or any other person, for that matter) at the front door, with obvious excitement and happiness. Sphynx are not known to be particularly fond of dogs or other cats, preferring all the available attention for themselves, although many do bond well with other companion animals. This probably is not the best choice for a home with young children. Whether a person is fond of this bald wrinkled cat, or whether a person is less than enthusiastic about its appearance, everyone has a strong and memorable reaction to meeting their first Sphynx.

Activity Level

Sphynx are alert, agile, highly active cats. They are perfectly capable of entertaining themselves for hours on end. Some enjoy a good game of fetch or chase. Their lively antics are a constant source of entertainment for their owners, who refer to them as being “elf-like.”

Behavioral Traits

The Sphynx has a characteristic stance, where it holds one of its front paws up and tucked back under its belly. They do not especially like being carried or petted vigorously, although they do love to lay on laps, earning them the nickname “the velcro lap cat”. Sphynx prefer to be on warm, soft surfaces rather than on the ground or floor. Common places to find these cats are on top of computer monitors, in sunny windows, on a television or tucked under a blanket. They are well known for sleeping with their owners under the covers, as they are perpetual heat-seeking. The natural curiosity of the Sphynx can lead it into potentially dangerous situations. They certainly should not be left unattended out of doors for any long period of time.