Sphynx Elf Kittens Cats for Sale: Before you buy from a Sphynx Breeder Cattery


Before you buy a sphynx kitten, elf cat, dwelf, or bambino kitten, it is important to take the time to meticulously research different sphynx breeders and sphynx cat catteries. There are good and bad sphynx breeder catteries worldwide. Online social media sites and forums are full of postings of people who bought a sphynx cat, elf cat, dwelf or bambino cat and were scammed; the hairless kitten was sickly, had serious medical issues, or died suddenly. They spent a lot of money and ended up heartbroken. Please read this page in its entirety before you buy a hairless cat.


Sphynx cat breeders and sphynx elf catteries worldwide advertise sphynx kittens and hybrid outcrosses like the sphynx elf,  elf cat, dwelf, and bambino cats for sale on the internet through free online classified sites, social media pages including Facebook, cat breeder sites, cattery classifieds, or their own dedicated sphynx cattery websites. Scammers advertise sphynx hybrid outcross cats for sale as purebred and TICA registered, but the elf, dwelf, and bambino cats will not have true TICA registration paperwork, so it’s a misrepresentation by the breeder, which is not legal under consumer laws.

The elf cat, dwelf, and bambino cats are new outcross hybrid breeds in development. CFA and other cat registries worldwide do not register them at all. TICA will register the elf, dwelf, and bambino cat only as an “Experimental Record” in their “Experimental Litter Registry!” If you buy what a sphynx breeder advertises as a TICA registered elf cat, dwelf, or bambino kitten, their TICA registration paperwork will state “Experimental Record” on the top, and your kitten’s breed will be either “Experimental Elf.” Experimental Dwelf,” or “Experimental Bambino,” and it will state “this breed and breed name are not recognized or approved by TICA” and “not eligible for show competitions!”

When breeding cats, “outcrossing” refers to breeding with cats that are not the same breed as the sphynx into the pedigree. Currently, TICA (USA) and CFA (CA) only allow three breeds of cats for permissible outcrossing with the Sphynx; the Devon Rex, American ShortHair, and Domestic Short Hair. However, many sphynx breeders are outcrossing with non-permissible breeds to create hybrid cats like the elf cat, dwelf cat, and bambino cat, which are new, experimental breeds in development. Many hybrid outcross kittens are born with hereditary issues, physical malformations, and are unhealthy. Some will not survive for long.

Elf cat, dwelf cat, and bambino cats are not purebred sphynx pedigree cats; they are hybrid outcrosses that are pet quality! Yet, sphynx breeders are charging thousands of dollars for them! The Elf cat, dwelf and bambino cats are still in the experimental phase! Many of these hybrid outcross kittens develop serious medical problems and diseases like HCM, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, or die suddenly from FIP, HCM or other unknown causes. It is very tragic.

Sphynx breeders and elf catteries worldwide are selling sphynx elf, elf cats, dwelf cats, and bambino cats that are not show quality – they are pet quality, and there is a price difference between show and pet quality cat. If the sphynx kitten for sale does not have proper registration paperwork with TICA, CFA, or the legitimate cat registry in your country to prove that it is a certified sphynx pedigree that can enter show competitions, it is not a show quality cat and does not meet the sphynx breed standards. Therefore, it is only pet quality, and the price should reflect that as a reduction of the cost than the price of a show quality registered sphynx.

A purebred sphynx cat’s TICA’s registration paperwork will list the breed as sphynx and will state “Certified Pedigree” at the top, and eligible for show competitions.

You will rarely find a genuine purebred sphynx kitten with registered sphynx parents advertised for sale in online classified ads, Facebook, or other social media sites. Reputable sphynx breeders do not need to place ads online to sell sphynx cats. They have long waitlists for hairless kittens and don’t hustle or scam people, which is a common occurrence and the top sphynx and elf cat buyer’s complaints on Craig’s List, Kijiji, and other online classified sites and Facebook.

According to the CFA, the purpose of selective breeding is to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor. When properly bred, the Sphynx cat is a very robust breed with few serious health or genetic problems. However, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, there are many irresponsible and inexperienced people breeding sphynx cats and hybrid outcrosses without doing the proper testing first, with little or no knowledge of genetics and breeding, do not have a mentor, and are outcrossing with other unapproved breeds. More hairless kittens continue to be born with hereditary diseases and severe health issues. Online classified sites are rampant with ads for sphynx cats for sale, sphynx elf cats, elf kittens, dwelf, and bambino kittens, which are hybrid hairless kittens for sale. Unbeknownst to the public and buyers at the time, many of these are sickly hybrid cats, but unethical breeders are deceptive and sell them anyway as healthy cats.  Adopters of sphynx, elf, dwelf, and bambino kittens are heartbroken to have their hairless kitten suddenly die on them, or to discover they have severe health issues. When they contact their sphynx breeder immediately to report the problem and request to return the sick kitten for a healthy one, the bad breeder often does not oblige! It is then, that the buyer realizes their sphynx breeder scammed them, took their money, and could care less, and continues to inbreed with complete disregard for the health and welfare of the kittens they mass produce. They do it for profit. 

If you want to increase the possibility of buying a healthy sphynx, do your research carefully and buy a purebred show quality, registered sphynx kitten from a reputable, ethical breeder that breeds sphynx cats only. Check the pedigree paperwork that the parents are sphynx cats and not experimental elf cats! Ask the sphynx cattery breeder if the parent cats have won any show competitions and ask to see the awards. Never buy a sphynx kitten without examining the genetic and health testing done on the parent cats, registration paperwork, and proof of everything the breeder claims. Always inspect the sphynx cattery in person, and meet the parent cats and view all their testing and registration paperwork, and read the contract thoroughly. Ask for proof that the King and Queen cat’s hips and knees were checked and do not have hip dysplasia or luxating patellas.  Do not give a deposit for a sphynx kitten until the breeder has provided you all this evidence first. 

Responsible and ethical sphynx breeding programs keep health and immunity at the forefront and only use permissible outcrossing breeds with the Sphynx; the Devon Rex, American ShortHair, and Domestic Short Hair cats only. All king and queen cats are genetic and tested for HCM, hereditary feline diseases, and infectious diseases. Testing should be ongoing, even when these sphynx cats are no longer breeding and are retired. The sphynx cats that are bred and the kittens born from these breeding programs need to be tested and closely monitored for an extended period of time to ensure that no health issues are developing or hereditary issues or physical malformations show up in the line. Since health problems and diseases don’t always show up right away, it is imperative that testing and monitoring continues for years. It is extremely crucial for outcrossing to be done ethically and responsibly to improve the sphynx breed and to decrease the incidences of diseases and illnesses from showing up in the sphynx breed. 

Breeding a Sphynx cat with another breed other than the Devon Rex, American Short Hair, or Domestic Short Hair is considered by many unethical because it is adding mutations in a single cat, and this increases the risk of health problems and hereditary issues into the sphynx outcrosses. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is prevalent in the Devon Rex cats, and hip dysplasia and luxating patellas are also common, so in many breeder’s opinions, the devon rex is not a right choice for an outcross with the sphynx breed.

Elf Sphynx, Elf, Dwelf, and bambinos are examples of cat that are produced from non-permissible outcrosses, and these are breeds in development. Health has not been proven yet in these hybrid outcrosses. Don’t take chances by buying an elf cat, dwelf cat, or bambino cat that is still in the experimental phase. Any sphynx breeder that tells you that the elf breed is strong and has no health issues is not being honest with you.


Buyers should be wary of breeders selling sphynx kittens on the internet. Some sphynx breeders use free online classified sites to promote their cattery business and to find potential buyers, as it’s an easy way for them to make quick sales.  Twenty years ago, it was a complicated process to purchase a sphynx kitten. The hairless breed was rare, and there were few sphynx breeders and catteries then, and waitlists for future litters were long. It took years before anyone could get a sphynx kitten. Interested buyers gave deposits for litters that weren’t even born yet. Now, things have changed for the worse, and the sphynx breeding community worldwide is large and much different. Anyone can go online and find a sphynx kitten for sale and bring one home today! This is not necessarily a good thing because most of the easily acquirable sphynx kittens are not purebred, not properly registered and not healthy.

Although there are some legitimate sphynx breeders and reputable sphynx catteries worldwide, there are more people and bad breeders producing sphynx kittens, and this includes backyard breeders (BYB) and kitty mills who do not breed purebred sphynx cats. They breed experimental elf kittens, experimental dwelf, and experimental bambino cats, which are hybrid outcrosses and new “breeds” in development, which they charge more for than purebred sphynx kittens because they are rare and they are in demand due to their novelty and odd appearances. However, this fad and moneymaking business is often at the expense and health and lives of the innocent hairless kittens who are born with serious medical issues, but are sold and misrepresente as healthy sphynx kittens. 

Not every person selling sphynx kittens online are bad, but most reputable catteries have long waitlists and don’t have to seek out buyers!  The bad sphynx sellers are quick to take your money and don’t care what happens to the kittens after the sale. If health issues arise, good luck trying to get the sphynx breeder to honor the contract or provide you with assistance or support, or give you any money back should your kitten be unhealthy or die.

Sometimes, backyard breeders use aliases, and their sphynx cattery isn’t even properly registered as a business, and their kittens aren’t registered with TICA as a purebred cat that can enter show competitions, they are only registered in the “Experimental Litter Registry!”  If something happens once you have your elf sphynx kitten home, you might discover that you can not locate the breeder, or they ghost you and change their phone number. You learn that you were duped.  Never meet a sphynx breeder in a different location than their cattery to buy your kitten. Inspect the cattery in person, ask to see the sire and dam of the sphynx kittens, and all the registration and veterinary documents and testing done on the parent cats. Read the contract before you give a deposit.  Research and interrogate the breeder, it is your right and responsibility to do so, as a caring animal lover and a consumer.

If someone is selling sphynx, elf, bambino, or dwelf cats online on Craig’s list, Kijiji or another online classified site, without an official website, and their cattery is not officially registered as a business, is a big red flag.

To find a reputable sphynx, elf, dwelf, or bambino kitten, go to TICA, CFA, or the cat association in your country, the national breed club, cat shows, or speak to veterinarians who often know and deal with the breeders directly, and can give recommendations for a reputable sphynx breeder in your area. TICA makes no representations or warranties with respect to the breeding or business practices of any of the sphynx breeders listed on their site. TICA strongly recommends that transactions with breeders be undertaken with the same caution and due diligence as one would devote to any important business matter.

Reputable sphynx breeders love the breed, do not outcross breeds and are not involved in experimental breeding programs, and spend a lot of time and money to do health screening, DNA and tests for health, genetic, and hereditary issues that can be passed on to kittens. An ethical sphynx breeder will talk openly about the genetic disorders prevalent in the breed, and reveal what they are doing to prevent them. They will give you a tour of their home and cattery, and show you all health records and testing done on the parents, and share all registration paperwork with you.  They do not breed cats under  two years of age, and regularly scan for HCM. 

A good breeder will screen their damn and sires for health issues and relevant genetic disorders and will remove affected cats from their breeding program. When a sphynx kitten is born with congenital physical malformation or diagnosed with health issues, an ethical breeder will remove the parents (and any siblings) from their breeding program, retire and spay and neuter them. If they don’t keep their retired sphynx cats, will place them as companion animals in good homes, and will disclose the health issues to buyers/adopters.

There are many good sphynx breeders out there, but there are also more sphynx bad breeders, often dubbed “backyard breeders” who come across as caring and responsible, but they are imposters.  After buyers bring the sphynx or elf kittens home and discover something is wrong with them and notify the breeder, their attitude completely changes drastically. The previously nice breeder will suddenly become unprofessional and not honor their legal responsibility and uphold the contract. These bad sphynx breeder exhibit the same patterns of behavior, they will become defensive, deny ever having health issues before with any of their kittens, are quick to blame you or the kitten for what’s happening with their health! Bad sphynx breeder will dispute your veterinarian’s  diagnoses, won’t accept the test results, even say your vet is lying and some even accuse buyers of trying to scam them! 

They will not take the sick kitten back, or do anything except abandon you in your time of need, stop communication, even block buyers with sick cats from being able to reach them, and will still carry on with their unethical breeding, leaving you and many others, with a sick sphynx kitten and having to deal with the effects of back yard breeders, all on your own. Your kitten is a victim, and so are you.

There are things you can and should do to report these breeders to every entity possible in efforts to stop these bad sphynx breeders from doing what they do. Animal laws need to be changed to protect the innocent cats and kittens. Please, do not be silent about your experience if you are one of these victims and were scammed by a sphynx breeder.  Speak up and help the sphynx community and support the reputable sphynx breeders who are professional and ethical.  If necessary, take legal against if your sphynx breeder sold you a sick kitten, and breached their contract. Consult with a lawyer about your rights, send the breeder a demand letter by registered mail. If they fail to meet your demands, sue them in small claims court. The filing fees are minimal and any judgement awarded in your favor will be public record and anyone can find out about what your sphynx breeder did to you. 

If you have had a bad experience with a sphynx, elf, bambino, dwelf, donsky or other hairless kitten or cat from a bad sphynx breeder or elf cattery worldwide, please share your story with us. Our team might be able to help you. If your sphynx cat was diagnosed with an illness, disease or has medical problems, or died, please report this to us. 

Contact us privately and confidentially through the live chat located in the bottom right corner (blue circle), through the contact form (bottom of the page) or e-mail: sphnxelfcatsbreeders@gmail.com. Your communication, information shared, and name will always be kept private and strictly confidential, unless you specify otherwise. Your feedback is extremely important and can help other buyers, other sphynx or elf kittens, and the ethical sphynx breeders who strive to promote the health and welfare of his very, special hairless cat breed.


Before you buy a sphynx kitten, it is important to take the time to meticulously research different sphynx breeders and catteries.  There are good and bad sphynx breeder catteries worldwide! Only after extensive inquiry and thorough analysis of each sphynx cattery should you carefully choose the best, more responsible breeder.  Otherwise, you could end up with a sphynx, elf dwelf or bambino kitten that suffers from serious medical issues or hereditary physical malformations or lives a short life. The kittens may also have behavioral problems and not be well socialized.  

If you are not selective in finding a reputable, responsible, ethical, and caring sphynx breeder, you may spend a great deal of money and suffer tremendous heartache if the hairless kitten you purchase turns out to be unhealthy or develops life-threatening diseases or suddenly dies. You also would unknowingly be supporting a back yard breeder, a kitty mill, and a downright bad person who breeds sphynx cats for profit, with complete disregard for the breed or the health and welfare of the hairless kittens born.

Reputable sphynx breeders have long waitlists and get referrals from national and regional sphynx clubs, cat shows, and word of mouth from veterinarians and other satisfied consumers. They don’t need to seek out buyers by placing online ads on Craig’s list or Kijiji (CA) or through social media sites. 

Reputable sphynx breeders are registered and listed in cat registries like TICA or CFA, although these entities do not vouch for the authenticity of any sphynx cat cattery listed on their site.

Breeding sphynx cats is a huge responsibility.

Ethical sphynx breeders invest a lot of time and money into caring for their sphynx cats and kittens. They research continuously and do health screening and genetic tests thoroughly to choose which are the best sphynx cats to breed. Reputable sphynx breeders are very involved in the breed and sphynx groups and participate in cat shows and competitions. Sphynx cats are a huge part of their lives; they are not breeding as a hobby.  These people have a deep passion for the sphynx breed and care about bettering the breed, and screen potential buyers carefully. Reputable sphynx breeders do it for the love of the breed, not for money.

A responsible sphynx breeder does not have a large number of cats in their premises than what they can provide for, or have more than the amount of animals allowed within the law.


An ethical sphynx breeder strives to better the sphynx breed, which is a complicated process. No sphynx breeder can do that properly if they are simultaneously breeding multiple breeds of cats and dogs. An ethical and responsible sphynx breeder does not outcross the sphynx with other breeds to make hybrid cats like the elf, dwelf, or bambino cat, just for their unusual appearances. These new hybrids are not proven to be healthy and are often sold as sphynx cats, but elf cats are not purebred sphynx cats with curled ears and bambino cats are not purebred sphynx cats with short legs. These hybrid sphynx outcrosses are “experimental elf,”experimental dwelf,” and “experimental bambino” cats that are new breeds in development, that are not acknowledged or approved of by TICA. 

It is time-consuming for a responsible sphynx breeder and cattery to do proper DNA and health testing to determine which traits the parent cats have and how that will affect their offspring, before choosing the best and healthiest cats to breed. They may only have a couple litters per year, whereas kitty mills and back yard breeders will constantly have hairless kittens for sale. Backyard breeders and bad sphynx breeders take shortcuts and do not do proper testing or adhere to proper breeding standards in order to have a quick turn-around of sphynx kittens and hybrid outcross elf, dwelf, and bambino cats just to make money faster.

A reputable sphynx breeder will talk openly with buyers about their breeding program, ethics and practices, and will have a working knowledge of genetics and will disclose the genetic disorders prevalent in the sphynx and hairless breeds and will explain how they are working to prevent them.

A responsible sphynx breeder does DNA and health testing to screen their breeding stock for relevant genetic disorders like HCM, and won’t breed sphynx cats under two years of age, strictly because certain diseases and conditions develop within the first two years. Otherwise, if a sphynx cat had several litters and then at age two is diagnosed with HCM or hip dysplasia, how many kittens were already born and affected by this?

An ethical sphynx breeder will spay or neuter any breeding cats diagnosed with HCM, hip dysplasia or any other health issues and remove them from their breeding programs, and notify and disclose to buyers of kittens born from these cats about the diagnosis and health issues that manifested. 

Since hip dysplasia is prevalent in the devon rex cat, which is in most, if not all sphynx lines, every sphynx breeder should have all parent’s cats hips and knees checked, as well as each kitten’s hips and knees checked at the time of neutering before adoption. 


Do not be left with empty pockets and a broken heart after bringing a sphynx or elf kitten or cat home that might develop serious health issue; hereditary or other sometimes fatal defects. Not all sphynx breeders are equal! Do your research well and be thorough. Choose your sphynx breeder carefully.



If you have a sphynx, elf, dwelf, or bambino cat in your family, please take the time to share with us about your cat’s health and your experience with your breeder. Join us in maintaining a current database of reputable breeders and the bad breeders for buyers to avoid. Let’s unite to stop the backyard breeders who care nothing about the health and welfare of these precious kitten’s lives, it’s all about money and profit for them You can make a difference! Your communication with us is strictly private and confidential.