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The Elf Sphynx

History of the Elf:  In 2004, Karen Nelson (a fellow sphynx breeder) and I looked at our cats and shared a vision of a hairless sphynx with curled ears, and the foundation of the Elf hybrid breed was born.

We began working toward making that dream a reality. We shared our vision with other breeders and it was very  well received.  More and more breeders have joined in the venture toward a future for the elves, and now elf cats are being bred all over the world.   The Elf vision benefitted, gaining the genetic diversity of the American Curl and the Highlander, through crossbreeding, to gain those amazing curled ears. 

Many of the Elves are now in generations that are beginning to exhibit the traits that were envisioned for the breed. The breeders that have devoted their years, their homes, and their hearts to these marvelous cats are beginning to introduce them in TICA’s showhalls. Once the introductions have been made all around, and the numbers have been met, our hope is to gain acceptance for the Elves as a “New Trait” of the Sphynx. 

The Elf Standard

As a “New Trait”, the standard for the Elf is basically that of the Sphynx cat, with the only modification being the Elf’s curled ears.

Coat:   The standard Elf appears to be a hairless cat, but it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois, and it may be covered with very fine down (which is almost imperceptible to both the eye and the touch). Very short, soft, and fine hair may be found on the ears, muzzle, tail, feet, and scrotum. This lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. 

Ears:  The overall appearance of the Elf ear should be one that is aesthetically pleasing to view. The ears are large and open, with firm cartilage from the base to at least one-third the height of ear.  The ears curve back in an arc to the curled tips.


Temperament: The Elf is sweet-tempered, lively, and intelligent. Above all else, these cats are amenable to handling.