It is worth mentioning here that ELF, DWELF, SMELFs, and BAMBINO cats are not TICA or CFA approved breeds.
~The Munchkin was used to create the "Bambino" cat. Munchkins are NOT permitted as outcrosses in the Sphynx Breed.~
~The American Curl & Highlander were used to create the "ELF" cat. These are NOT permitted as an outcross in the Sphynx Breed.~
~The "Dwelf" cat was created outcrossing the Sphynx to Munchkin and American Curl.~
My concerns with these "made-up" breeds are that the short legged gene, the hairless gene, and the curled ear gene are all mutations. I don't feel that it is a wise choice to be using double and triple mutations with the Sphynx breed. Many breeders who breed the Elf, Dwelf & Bambino cats claim that they are an approved TICA breed. THIS IS NOT TRUE! Elf, Dwelf, and Bambino do have "Experimental New Breed" status in TICA, but they have not yet been approved as a new breed. Below are links to the CFA and TICA recognized breeds (these are links to the TICA and CFA websites)-
CFA Recognized breeds- http://www.cfa.org/client/breeds.aspx
TICA Recognized breeds-http://tica.org/public/breeds.php
Many of these breeders also say that their kittens are registered as Sphynx, and their kittens may come with papers. But only an approved outcross bred to the Sphynx, or a true Sphynx to Sphynx breeding can be registered as an approved Sphynx litter... Which means these kittens are coming with false (incorrect) paperwork. These breeders claim that the curled ears or short legs are "Sphynx New Traits", but to be a new trait, the new trait must be approved by the Sphynx Breed Committee. The Sphynx Breed Committee has not approved any "New Traits" for the Sphynx breed at this time. However, when these outcross breedings are registered as "Elf" (or Bambino/Dwelf) and their papers say "Experimental New Breed", these papers are correct.
I am sure it is obvious from the paragraph above that I am opposed to these unapproved outcrosses. I just feel that it is sad for all the long time breeders who have worked so hard to make the Sphynx breed what it is today, for the Dwelf, Elf and Bambino cat breeders to be abusing the Sphynx bloodlines simply to create something "new".....
isn't the Sphynx breed wonderful just the way it is?
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