Sphynx Cats and Kitten Colours

The breeder has sent through the baby photos of the litter that our Sphynx kitten will come from. I am so excited and don’t mind whether I get the single male or one of the two girls. You can see from their markings that they will be a form of brown, but eye colour needs to develop as well as the markings darken up a bit.

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If you are interested in how Sphynx cat colours are classified, take a look at the chart below and see if you can name what colour your Sphynx is (no checking their papers!)

White

White to pink.  Nose leather and paw pads are pink.

Black

Black.  One level tone.  Consistant from tip of tail to the nose.  The nose leather is black.  The paw pads are either black or brown.

Blue

Blue.  One level tone.  Consistant from tip of tail to the nose.   The nose leather and the paw pads are blue.

Red

Red. Deep, Clear, Rich, Brilliant red.  No markings.  Lips and Chin are the same color as the skin.  Nose leather and paw pads are brick red.  Brilliant red.

Cream

One level shade of buff cream.  No markings.  Nose and paw leather pads are all pink.

Chocolate

Rich, Even Toned, Chestnut brown.  The nose leather is brown.  The paw pads are brown or cinnamon.

Lavender

Even throughout frosty-grey with a pinkish tone.  Nose leather and paw pads are lavender-pink.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon.  Even tone throughout the whole body.  Nose leather and paw pads are cinnamon.

Fawn

Even tone throughout.  Pale, pinkish color.  Nose leather and paw pads are pale fawn.

Chocolate Tortoiseshell

Rich chestnut brown mottled or patched with red and/or cream. Blaze on face desirable.

Cinnamon Tortoiseshell

Cinnamon mottled or patched with red and/or cream. Blaze on face desirable.

Lavender Cream

Lavender mottled or patched with cream color.  Blaze on face desirable.

Fawn Cream

Fawn mottles or patched with cream color.  Blaze on face desirable.

Calico

White with unbrindled patches of red and black.  White predominant on underparts.

Van Calico

White with unbrindled patches of red and black that are confined to the extremities; head, tail, legs. One or two small patches of color on body allowable.

Dilute Calico

White with unbrindled patches of blue and cream.   White predominant on underparts.

Dilute Van Calico

White with unbrindled patches of blue and cream confined to the extremities; head, tail, legs. One or two small patches of color on body allowable.

Bi-Color

Solid color and white.  Tabby and white.  Tortoiseshell and white.  Pointed and white. Any color and white, etc.

Van Bi-Color

Solid color and white.  Tabby and white.  Tortoiseshell and white.  Pointed and white. Any color and white, etc.  The color is confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small patches on body allowable.

Fawn Calico, Lavender Calico, Cinnamon Calico, Chocolate Calico

White with unbrindled patches of approperiate color moarkings.  White predominant on underparts.

Fawn Van Calica, Lavender Van Calico, Cinnamon Van Calico, Chocolate Van Calico

White with unbrindled patches of approperiate color markings that are confined to the extremities; head, tail, legs. One or two small patches of color on body allowable.

Pointed Pattern:

Point restricted colors that show little or no color contrast between body and points in the mature Sphynx.  Although born very light in color, the pointed Sphynx will darken and appear solid in color as an adult. Eye color is vivid blue.  Nose and Paw pads are approperiate to body color.  The pointed pattern may be combined with ANY other pattern (except mink) and ANY colors, e.g. lilac-silver lynx point and seal-tortie point with white (shown in the Bi-Color Class).

Mink Pattern:

Point restricted colors that show little or no color contrast between body and points in the mature Sphynx. Although born very light in color, the mink Sphynx will darken and appear solid in color as an adult. Eye color is aqua.  Nose leather and paw pads are approperiate to body color.  The mink pattern may be combined with any other pattern (except pointed) and ANY colors, e.g. natural mink, blue mink, champagne mink, platinum mink, natural tabby mink, blue-cream, tortie mink and white (shown in Bi-Color Class).

Sable

The mature cat is rich, warm, sable brown without shadings, barring, or markings of any kind. (Kittens are often lighter in color.)  The nose leather and paw pads are brown.

Champagne

The mature cat should be a warm, honey beige without shadings, barring, or markings of any kind.  The nose leather will be light, warm brown and the paw pads will be warm, pinkish tan.

Platinum

The mature cat should be a pale, silvery-grey.  There will be no shadings, barring or markings of any kind. The nose leather and the paw pads will be lavender-pink.

Tortoiseshell

Black mottled or patched with read and/or cream. Blaze on face desirable.

Blue-Cream

Blue mottled or patched with cream.  Blaze on face is desirable.

Classic Tabby Pattern:

Markings are clearly defined on legs and tail.  Pattern tends to fade on hairless body. Legs evenly barred with bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed. Several unbroken necklaces on neck and upper chest, the more the better. Markings seen on the skin. Frown lines on head form an intricate letter “M” Unbroken line runs back from outer corner of eye. Swirls on cheeks. Vertical lines over back of head extend to shoulder markings which are in the shape of a butterfly with both upper and lower wings distinctly outlined and marked with dots inside outline. Back markings consist of a vertical line down the spine from butterfly to tail with a vertical stripe paralleling it on each side, the three stripes well separated by stripes of the ground color. Large solid blotch on each side to be encircled by one or more unbroken rings. Side markings should be the same on both sides. Double vertical rows of buttons on chest and stomach.

Mackerel Tabby Pattern:

The markings will be clearly defined on the legs and tail. Pattern tends to fade on hairless body. Legs evenly barred with narrow bracelets coming up to meet the body markings.  Tail barred. Necklaces on neck and chest distinct, like so  many chains. Head barred with an “M” on the forehead.  Unbroken lines running back from the eyes. Lines running down the head to meet the shoulders. Spine lines run together to form a narrow saddle. Narrow pencillings run around body.

Spotted Tabby Pattern

Markings on the cats body will be spotted.  The spots can be round, oblong, or rosette-shaped. Any of these are of equal merit but the spots, however shaped or placed, shall be distinct. Spots should not run together in a broken Mackerel pattern. A dorsal stripe runs the length of the body to the tip of the tail. The stripe is ideally composed of spots. The markings on the face and forehead shall be typically tabby markings. Underside of the body to have “vest buttons.” Legs and tail are barred. Markings clearly defined on legs and tail. Pattern tends to fade on hairless body.

Patched Tabby Pattern:

A patched tabby – alson known as a “torbie” is an established silver, brown, blue, lavender, fawn, cinnamon or chocolate tabby with patches of red or cream clearly defined on both the body and extremities; a blaze on the face is desirable.

Silver Tabby

Skin, lips and chin are pale clear silver. Some dense black markings.  Nose leather is brick red and paw pads are black.

Brown Tabby

Skin is brilliant coppery brown.  Some dense black markings.  Lips and chin are the same shade as the rings around the cats eyes.  The back of the legs shouuld be black from the paw to the heel.  Nose leather is brick red and the paw pads are black or brown.

Blue Tabby

Skin color, lips and chin too, are a bluish ivory color. Markings will be very deep blue.  Nose leather and paw pads will be rose.

Red Tabby

Red skin tone with deep, rick red markings.  Lips and chin will be red.  Nose leather and paw pads will be brick red too.

Cream Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin, will be a very pale cream. Markings buff or cream sufficiently darker than the ground color to afford good contrast but remaining within the dilute color range. The nose leather and paw pads will be pink.

Chocolate (chestnut) Tabby

Skin tone is a warm fawn with rich chestnut brown markings. The nose leather is chestnut or pink rimmed with chestnut. The paw pads are cinnamon.

Chocolate-Silver Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin, is silver. Markings rich chestnut The nose leather is chestnut or pink rimmed with chestnut. The paw pads are cinnamon.

Cinnamon Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin, is a pale, warm honey, markings a dense cinnamon, affording a good contrast with skin ground color. The nose leather is cinnamon or coral rimmed with cinnamon. The paw pads are cinnamon.

Cinnamon-Silver Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin, is a pale glistening silver. Markings dense cinnamon. Nose leather is cinnamon and paw pads are coral.

Lavendar Tabby

Skin tone is pale lavender.  Markings are a rich lavender, affording a good contrast with skin color. Nose leather is lavender or pink rimmed with lavender.  Paw pads are lavender-pink.

Lavender-Silver Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin is a cold clear silver. Markings lavender.  Nose leather is lavender or pink rimmed with lavender.Paw pads are lavender-pink.

Fawn Tabby

Skin tone, including lips and chin, is a pale ivory. The markings are dense fawn, affording good contrast with skin

ground color. Nose leather and paw pads are pale fawn.

OSC (other Sphynx colors)

Any other color pattern than listed.  Cats with no more than a locket and/or button do not qualify for this class, such cats shall be judged in the color class of their basic color with no penalty for such locket and/or button.

Examples: any color with one, two, three, or four white feet. All point restricted colors such as seal point, chocolate point, natural mink, blue mink, sable, champagne, platinum, etc.

This information comes from the CFA Sphynx breed standards

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3 Responses to “Sphynx Cats and Kitten Colours”

  1. Corinne says:

    Wow! I had no idea the breed was that complex. It is really quite fascinating. How old are the kittens in these photos?

  2. Clayton Smith says:

    I have searched and searched. …. I stumbled across a image I had originally thought might have been doctored. But, through closer examination revealed it was the real thing. I clicked open another tab to browse and before I could save to bookmark or store it it was gone. Anyways, I found an image of a TRUE SPHYNX but it had clearly defined colors and it was spotted over a solid flesh tone. That cat was spotted with several colors I’m thinking 4 or 5 colors. Almost looked like shoe polish dot spots.

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