Friday, January 11, 2008

Twice the Frootbats on Friday

As mentioned yesterday, our ears are very different. They are both frootbat ears, but Merlin's are essentially naked, whereas Dragonheart's have fur on them. In addition, Dragonheart's have become quite fuzzy in recent months - this is a new development. We aren't sure if it's due to the fact that it's now winter, or due to the fact that he is getting older (18 months). We'll see come spring if it sticks around!

Dragonheart's Ears:

Merlin's Ears:

The CFA Sphynx breed standard states:
EARS: large to very large. Broad at the base, open and upright. When viewed from the front, the outer base of the ear should begin at the level of the eye, neither low set nor on top of the head. The interior of the ears is naturally without furnishing.

COAT/SKIN: the appearance of this cat is one of hairlessness. Short, fine hair may be present on the feet, outer edges of the ears, the tail, and the scrotum. The bridge of the nose should be normally coated. The remainder of the body can range from completely hairless to a covering of soft peach-like fuzz whose length does not interfere with the appearance of hairlessness. This coat/skin texture creates a feeling of resistance when stroking the cat. Wrinkled skin is desirable, particularly around the muzzle, between the ears, and around the shoulders. There are usually no whiskers but if whiskers are present they are short and sparse.


One of Dragonheart's Ears:

One of Merlin's Ears:
(Click any photo to view a larger image)

So, as you can see from the breed standard, Sphynx are not totally hairless. In accordance with the breed standard, we both have normal fur on the bridge of our nose, and short, fine hair on our tails. Neither of us has hair on our feet, and Merlin has a bit of hair on his scrotum. The ears are the big difference, in terms of the amount of fur present. Dragonheart has quite a lot, as you can see in the photos, whereas Merlin essentially has none.

30 comments

michico*Adan said...

I think big ears in order to get cooler. That is the design just for Sphynx and hot area cats~~
At cold country, the cats ear is smaller~~

But, in the other hand, big year means good fortune in my country. So, I think Dragonheart and Merlin will both have very good luck :>

With fur, almost without fur are both great~!

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

All the Spice Cats have furry ears. First time I've seen cat with naked ears.

michico*Adan said...

Hey, Dragonheart~~~
Thanks for leaving comments on my blog to let me know~~~~
I learn something new today, I am so happy~!!!
Thanks a lot~!!!

Puss-in-Boots said...

That's very interesting about the ears and whether they have hair or not. I adore big ears on a cat...don't ask me why, but I think they look just beautiful. Mitzi's ears are just the usual generic kind...typical cat's ears.

Daisy said...

Dragonheart, you even have little tufts at the end of your ears. That's very cute!

Kaz's Cats said...

We like your ears - they're so big. It's cute the way that you Dragonheart have fur on your ears - it makes a nice contrast with the rest of you. We like that your ears are furless Merlin, in contrast with your brother. You two complement each other nicely,

Purrs

Gypsy & Tasha

Mickey said...

DRagonheart,I love your tufts of hair on your ears! I like Merlin's big ears and how they are slightly rounded rather than pointed at the tip. Excellent frootbat ears :)
Purrs Mickey

The Furry Kids said...

DH, your ears are so hairy! It's super cute. Your mom and dad are so lucky to have not one, but TWO frootbats at their house!

Titus

The Meezers said...

wow Dragonheart you sure got lots of furs now on your ears! very cool!

Caesar and Princess said...

YOu both have very interesting ears. I do believe that Dragonheart your furs are almost as long as ours... on the places you have furs. we have mostly fuzzzzz but curlie furs on our tunny and legs.
You two are very very very cute and frooty!


Purrrrs for a happy Friday, Prin

Parker said...

The fuzz is very kyoooote!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

I think both of your ears are cute. I have very soft fine fur on my ears that lies very flat. Merlin I gave you an award.

Kaze

Queen Snickers or Empress said...

ooo me want to be a frootbat! me don't know are my ears bigs enough? me luv your ears, if me was there me would licks them all! hehe ~Empress

DEBRA said...

Dragonheart
The tuffs on the end of your ears is really cute, but Merlin is just so adorable....

Purrs
Abby

Tybalt said...

Both sets of ears are very cute!

Trixie said...

That was interesting stuff about your ears. I did not know that Dragonheart gotted some fur on his ears. Either furry eared or naked eared, you are still both adorable!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is interesting. I vote that Dragonheart has more hair on his ears because he is older. At least that it is true that meezers change as they age. I should think Sphynx would too!

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

If you had hairy toes, would that make you hobbit cats?

Junior said...

You are growing hair Dragonheart! Cool!!! maybe your ears just need a little extra warmth!

jenianddean said...

Dragonheart - my mom loves your ear tufts! (Maggie has the best ear tufts in our house.) And Merlin's ears look so soft and silky. My mom would love to rub his little ears.

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Aww, you guys have very cute Frootbat ears! I especially like the fine hair on Dragonheart's ears, it is very cute!

Java's Coffee House said...

I loves your cute little ears!!

I gaved you an awards, check my Friday posted!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

LOVE the ears! Gorgeous!!!

xx

Artsy Catsy said...

Dragonheart & Merlin, we've given you a "You Make My Day" Award because every time we see you, we feel all warm and nippy inside! Come see!

Rocky

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

We like your ears, furry & plain.

Eric and Flynn said...

We have given you both an award each. Dragonheart, you have the Thinking Blogger award, and Merlin has the Bloggers of the World award. You can get them from our blog.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Hahaha, mom sez maybe it's just like bean men...the older they get the more hair they have in odd places.

Kimo & Sabi said...

Hmmm.... we fink it's a boy & older thingy. Man beans gits more hair on (and in) their ears when they gits older - hehehe!

Andrée said...

I didn't realize that Dragonheart was so young! Wow, he's just a boy still! Merlin's ears are exquisite with the delicate veins.

The Crew said...

Merlin your ears remind us of Skeezix's! They look like roadmaps when the light shines through them.