The Sphynx, contrary to its name, does not come from Egypt. It is an accidental breed born of natural mutation in the land of ice and snow, Canada. In 1966, a domestic shorthair feline in Ontario gave birth to a litter that had one hairless kitten. The kitten, a male, was later named Prune. Later, he was bred with his mother. This match produced a litter that had normal and hairless kittens. Some of the hairless ones where sent to Europe, where the breed was further developed.
Later in 1975, two sets of hairless kittens from different owners were born. A pair was from Minnesota, USA, named Dermis and Epidermis. The other set, a trio of kittens, were from Toronto in Ontario, Canada. These cats are considered to be the descendants of the modern Sphynx. The breed was finally introduced in the UK in 1988, through a Sphynx called Tulip. She immediately became a hit amongst cat lovers, breeders, and cat competition enthusiasts in the UK. The Sphynx has since undergone much selective breeding in order to expand its gene pool and develop a robust breed. It later received full championship recognition. Today, it is one of the most beloved and popular cat breeds in the world.