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Calico Sphynx Cat: Origins, Facts & Rarity (with Pictures)

Ed Malaker

By Ed Malaker

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The Sphynx cat is a popular hairless breed in the United States, but it’s still available in several colors and patterns. The calico pattern is rare in any breed, so finding it on a Sphynx is a dream come true for many exotic pet lovers. If you are considering getting a Sphynx for your home and would like to know more about the calico version and where you can find it, keep reading while we try to unearth as many facts as we can about this extremely rare gem of a pet.

Origins & History

The Sphynx breed didn’t get started until the 1960s but has been growing in popularity ever since. It’s the result of a genetic mutation that causes it to have no hair. It may not even have whiskers, or they might be broken or fragile. Some owners refer to it as the Canadian Sphynx, which refers to where it began in Toronto, Canada. In the 1970s, two naturally occurring hairless cats from Minnesota named Dermis and Epidermis became an important part of the Sphynx breeding program and helped shape the cat into what it is today.

3 Facts About the Calico Sphynx Cat

1. Almost all calico cats are female

The x chromosome is responsible for color. Male cats have one x and one y chromosome meaning most male cats are either red or black, with or without white, while female cats have two x chromosomes and can have both the red and black color along with white required for the calico color pattern.

2. Sphynx cats require 2 – 2.5 times the normal amount of food because their metabolism is so high because it’s trying to keep the cat warm.

3. If you did find an ultra-rare male calico Sphynx, it would likely be worth thousands of dollars, but it would be sterile and unable to produce children.


The calico coat on your Sphynx cat is a type of tortoiseshell pattern with the addition of white. There are splotches of red, black, and white covering the body and since there is no hair, the design will appear painted on the body. There is no symmetry to the pattern, and the left side of the body is not the same as the right, and all color splotches appear random. Aside from the unique color pattern, the Calico Sphynx is the same as any other Sphynx can, with very short, down-like hair or no hair at all. It might have whiskers, but the whiskers might also be broken or non-existent. The skin often appears leathery and wrinkled, especially around the face.

Where to Buy Calico Sphynx Cats

Unfortunately, it will be challenging to find even a female Calico Sphynx, and we recommend setting aside at least $1,500 before you start looking. We recommend checking with the local animal shelters to see if they have one. Although unlikely, you might get lucky and find one you can adopt at a significant discount. You can also check with any local breeders. Even if they don’t deal with the Sphynx, they might know someone that does. The internet is your best bet, and while we were unable to find any calicos for sale, we did find plenty of Sphynx breeders that might be able to help you out if you contact them.


We hope you have enjoyed reading over this short guide, and it has helped you understand the Calio Sphynx a little better. Since genetics are responsible for the pattern, there is a good chance that an experienced Sphynx breeder can create a calico pattern, at least in the female. Though it may be expensive, these cats are extremely friendly and love to spend time snuggling up to their family members to keep warm.

If we have convinced you to get one of these rare and colorful cats for your home, please share this guide to the Calico Sphynx on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Kartinka, Shutterstock

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