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Hairlessness

As well as there are several different genes giving curly coats there have also surfaced different mutations causing hairlessness in cats. One was discovered in France in 1930s. It was called h and was recessive. The most known mutation appeared in Canada in the beginning of 1970. This gene has been taken care of in the breed of the Sphynx. The gene causing the hairlessness of the Sphynx is also recessive and has the denomination hr. There are only these two variations that have been examined by genetics, but hairless cats have been found in different parts of the world, like for instance Australia, Mexico and Morocco.

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