Although the breed may appear hairless, even the Sphynx has hair follicles and is actually covered with a fine, downy hair that can barely be felt or seen by the naked eye. Because of its fineness, the skin of the Sphynx is often compared to warm suede and can be oily because the breed does not have an adequate amount of hair to absorb its body oils. To maintain their skin and prevent oil spots on the furniture, the Sphynx should be bathed regularly and its skin should be protected from the sun to prevent burning, similarly to people. Another unusual trait of the breed is its wrinkles, which can appear around the shoulders, between the ears and around the breed’s muzzle.
Although the breed has very little hair and, therefore, produces less dander, sometimes people can have a more severe reaction to the excess body oil of the Sphynx, which is also an allergen. If you’re considering a Sphynx and have allergies, consider being tested for an allergy to the cat’s oil before committing to the breed.