Saturday, April 28, 2007

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Rare

Dragonheart, a black and white Sphynx kitten
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I'm rare! Yep, Sphynx are still a rare breed, especially here in Germany. Up until recently, the German Protection of Animals Act prohibited the breeding of animals that were considered to be "deformed" and they considered breeds such as the Sphynx, Manx and Scottish Fold to be "deformed", just because we don't look like other cats! Which is absolutely ridiculous. We are not "deformed", we are the result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation. In Sphynx, hairlessness results from a mutation of the same gene that produces the curly hair in Devon Rex cats.

So Sphynx remain rare, especially here in Germany.



55 comments

PastorMac's Ann said...

I wondered if you'd post a picture of yourself this week, Dragonheart. Great choice for The Hunt. You truly are a rare find.

Amazing Gracie said...

How strange is that?!?!?!? I always thought those were established breeds! Especially the Scottish Fold! I've seen them here at cat shows...I figured you guys would be way ahead of us!
Poor Dragonheart! A "deformity," my foot.

A. said...

Yes indeed, you're rare *and* beautiful!

pat said...

This photos looks like a painting!!

Happy Weekend!

Imma ( Alice) said...

Yes, Dragonheart, you ARE rare, and not just because of your breed. I don't know many other cats that can type and have their own blog. You are a rare and special kitty... purrrrfect in fact. Shadow (my kitty) says HI. His 16th birthday is April 29, so very soon.

Daisy said...

I will bet that the breed will become less rare now that everyone can see what a wonderful breed the Sphynx is! You are a great spokescat for the breed.

mousey said...

hi Sphynx can we be friends im mousey heheh...

you're really a rare one!

pelf said...

WOW.. I've never seen that myself!! What a rare gem :)

GEWELS said...

Nice self-portrait. How's it feel to be the THEME this week?

mar said...

The first one of your kind I saw was while watching "Friends", Rachel had one :)
happy weekend!

Gattina said...

I am not so sure if that was the case for whole Germany. Bavaria has a lot of different laws. (and the language !!)It has never forgotten that it had been a Kingdom before, lol !
But it's nice to be rare and so cute looking as you ! I admired today all your folds when you sit like that !

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Dragonheart. Yes, I think you are rare and very special. I haven't seen anyone like you up close before. I think you're twice as special because you have your own blog. :) Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

Hummie said...

ugg...I'm sorry, but I'd be afraid to touch "you." Very rare!

Melli said...

LOL! You ARE rare you simply adorable little wrinkle butt! I still call you a gargoyle though!

Parker said...

Deformed my paw! You are rare 'cause you are so handsome!

BabyTalkers said...

What a beautiful kitty!!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

You are a rare and beautiful kitty! That is a gorgeous picture of you too. Great choice :)

yao-lin said...

Hey, how can they call you guys deformed?? I just don't understand!!!!!! That is one of the most proposterous things I have ever heard! Can they not appreciate your stunning beauty???? Oh you ARE rare and beautiful too xx

Autumn said...

You are a beautiful baby dragonheart

Sue said...

Rare & Beautiful! Purr-fect photo for the hunt!

wrchili said...

You are beautiful just the way you are Dragonheart and don't let anyone tell you any different.

Chen & Ollie said...

Dragonheart, you are indeed the epitome of rare! We're proud to know you.
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie
ps. Mommy can't believe people say they would be afraid to touch you. She really wants to meet you in person someday or get the rare chance to pet a sphynx here in the US.

peppylady said...

You have big beautiful eyes!

My photo for the photo hunt is up.

Forty Paws said...

Yup. You are rare indeed DH!

Luf, Us

LoveMyStarr said...

Yes, you are rare!! And simply beautiful!

PEA said...

Well I think you are a beautiful rare cat:-) I never knew the history behind Sphynx cats...how very interesting!! Have a great weekend:-)

Amy in NY said...

Your a rare find, Dragonheart! Wonderful self-portrait! Glad you could stop by today.

Roman said...

Rare indeed, but beauty is what comes to mind first and foremost.
Great entry.
:)

=^..^= said...

What can I say? You are a rare beauty indeed.

~Bombay

JC said...

You're looking especially majestic here! Take care.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Wow, deformed...that's quite harsh. I think that you are quite BEAUTIFUL myself. Amazing how such an awesome specimen can be so rare. Seems like everyone would want one in their home! ♥ the photo.

Bengbeng said...

it is not only rare.it is amazing your story about genetic mutation. how interesting!

Angelika said...

Very regal looking photo!

Jannie Funster said...

Do you any similarities between our posts this week, albeit yours is far more rare than mine?

Are these dander-free felines?

the night owl said...

What a Rare and wonderful cat you own......I would love to pet the smooth skin. Thanks for coming by my place today. Baba

Morgen said...

Rare AND handsome!

srp said...

I was thinking that you were rare so you could just post a self portrait and there you did! It is a fine, handsome portrait too, very solid, firm, very business like!

SilverWillow said...

A rare jewel to behold! Dragonheart, you are fabulous and a real jewel.

And thanks to you, now my cat, D'Avian wants her own blog too!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We can't beleeve anyone wood be afraid to touch yoo. Mom pet a Sphynx at a kitty clinic at our local rescue and she coodent get enuff! She thinks yoo are beyootiful and gets daddy all in a fritter 'bout getting one. She won't, not 'cuz yoor not beyootiful, but acuz she has three of us and always takes in rescues. It seems no one who has a kitty like yoo effur lets them wander or abandons them!As Martha sez "that's a good thing".

Expat Traveler said...

yup but cute and sweet as ever :)

Lauren S. said...

You truly are rare! You look very majestic in that photo!

jmb said...

How perfectly rude. Deformed indeed. When you are so handsome. I'm sure you think those hairy ones are so uncouth.

angelo said...

You're perfect for this week's theme Dragonheart! Rare indeed, but very handsome. I'm glad they changed the rules for you there in Germany.

Nermal says "deformed my butt!"

Happy hunting :)

Barbara H. said...

These photo hunt category was just the perfect one for you!

amy said...

Cool picture for the week

jcfloresinc said...

Dragonheart, you are so cool. Tigger and I think you are very rare indeed.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Samantha

julie said...

You are indeed rare, coming from a rare breed. You look regal too.

Biker Betty said...

Dragonheart, you are rare and very special. I love your photo. You look very distinguished and royal.

Have a nice weekend,
Biker Betty

Carol said...

That is a really great photo of you! I don't think you're deformed, either!

George said...

yes this rare. Mine is up too

meeyauw said...

Wow, they did? That's amazing. Of all the things to ban, how could they think that cat people would deform a cat? I'm glad they changed their minds. Governments are quite strange things, aren't they.

Drew said...

Very cool photo.

Deb said...

Rare = Beautiful!

Teena said...

You are indeed rare and beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

RayPod said...

I guess I'd fall under that category too! MOL
Great picture. You are fantastic.

Mom thin ks i need a Sphynx bother.