NEW OUTCROSS KITTENS! MOM IS A
DOMESTIC SHORTHAIR, DAD IS A SPHYNX!
(BORN APRIL 1, 2013)
These kittens are placed with the usual
Skinzin guarantees, are microchipped, and are fully vetted and altered.
They come to their new homes for the cost of neuter/spay. These
kittens all have blue eyes, and have creamy soft fur. They are
registered in CFA, and are highly socialized. Personality of a Sphynx,
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Pictured above, 3 boys
Pictured above, 3 girls!
Savannah, my Domestic Shorthair.
Outcrossing is something that one should not take
lightly. Fortunately, until 2015, the Cat Fanciers' Association is
allowing breeders to outcross to the Domestic Shorthair, and to the American
Shorthair to increase genetic diversity for hybrid vigor.
An outcrossing program should always incorporate the
1) Testing for feline health. Savannah has
been DNA tested to ensure good genetic health.
2) Heart health. Savannah has been
ultrasounded negative for cardiomyopathy. She is at least 5 years of
age, according to my veterinarian.
3) Good temperament is essential to outcrossing,
as I believe much of temperament is inheritable. Savannah is very
sweet, and loves to be cuddled.
4) Good type. Savannah exhibits the very
best type for a domestic shorthair. She is medium sized, and has a
strong muzzle. Her ear set is excellent, and her eyes are open and
lemon-shaped. She has a very strong chin.
5) Good dentition. Sound teeth and gums are
essential to good feline health. Savannah's teeth are perfectly
straight and she has no signs of gingivitis, a problem we see in felines
that is definitely an inheritable trait.
isn’t something I ever really wanted to do personally, because I do not have
a large cattery, and an outcrossing program is an enormous project.
first generation is all coated, and kittens that are not kept should be
altered and placed as any other kitten in the program. I would like to share
with others my experience with outcrossing, and would be glad to guide anyone that has an interest in outcrossing to the DSH.
First of all, I
found a Domestic Shorthair at a local shelter. She had 2 kittens with her that
had just weaned and were fabulously healthy. The kittens
would have no problems being adopted, but I was told the mother would most likely be put to sleep
due to the fact that she was an older adult. She had really super ear set, and a very good, square muzzle. Lots of hair – a tortie. She was not a friendly cat,
but I was able to handle her. Her timidness soon
changed when I brought her home with me. I believe she was grateful
for the rescue.
Vetting, grooming, blood work, DNA testing, cardiologist
I found out a lot about the
DSH I named “Savannah.”
Her DNA profile came back clear of any disease (thanks to catgenes.org, we now have
this ability), and she had A/a blood type (another plus). My veterinarian said she was approximately 5
years of age. She was given her innoculations, wormed, etc., and I kept her for a
year before breeding her with Bradley. Her cardio check came back sound. She never
has had any problem physically, and looked better and better the longer I
had her. Her coat came into a luscious condition, and she was more friendly
than ever. Now that she’s 6 years old, and has given me her one litter of
kits, she was spayed. Due to her age, her ovaries were full of cysts,
something we discovered when she was spayed.
All 3 of
Savannah's kittens were girls, so I was especially
lucky. I spayed one and gave her a pet home. The other two girls
to Tobias (see below), and from those breedings I had my F-2s – 5 hairless,
and 2 haired in one litter, and 2 hairless and one haired in the other! I don’t regret having this outcross program now that I
see the benefits for the breed. The vigor
and robustness is so evident in these kittens, one could only imagine!
Not to say that Sphynx kittens aren't robust -- they are! But these
have unusual robustness -- all
10 have been strong and active since the very first day, and never had a sniffle, or any
problem whatsoever. I also never had to supplement (something I am very
very surprised about, as there are 7 of them in one litter -- poor Harriett!).
BREEDING WITH THE DSH
I decided to use Bradley with
the breeding to Savannah. Bradley's father is Skinzin Tommy 2-Tone,
and has fathered many beautiful, and healthy kittens which seem to follow
his type. Bradley's mother GC WrinklesofLove Nova of Skinzin.
She has very large ears, which she gave generously to her kittens.
This is Skinzin B-B-Bad2DaBone (Bradley)
Savannah and Bradley had 3
kittens. I kept two of them -- both are girls (now placed in their
Harriett is pictured above.
Maude is pictured above.
these girls were bred to CH Angelfire-TN Don't Stop of Skinzin (Tobias)
This resulted in a total of 10 kittens. Harriett had 7, and Maude had
3. 100% survival, with no intervention. Harriett had 5 hairless,
and 2 coated; Maude had 2 hairless and 1 coated.
CH Angelfire-TN Don't Stop of Skinzin (Tobias)
The following kittens are
from Harriett and Tobias (only the hairless are shown here)
need to be imposed on those that desire to outcross, because here in the
States, catteries cannot be policed completely, and you never know what someone's true ethics
are until you watch what they do instead of just what they say.
But for the most part, you simply have to trust that those that are
endeavoring to outcross, are doing the right things, and being honest when
placing the kittens from an outcross.