Due to the popularity of established non-shedding cat breeds, many researchers are now focusing on developing more non-shedding breeds. However, this does not mean cat cells are isolated and grown in a lab to give you a hairless cat, NO! Most non-shedding breeds that exist today came to be through mutations in normal cats. This is a process that still goes on. Every once in a while, you might find a hairless kitten in the litter of a furry cat. It is usually such kittens that are then given special attention and reared to develop into hairless adult cats. The adults are then mated with other existing hairless cats, or normal furry cats as well. Finally, there comes a stage when the litter of one of the generation is (almost) completely non-shedding, and then the breed is established as a non-shedding breed.
Following this pattern, several non-shedding cat breeds are in the developing stages right now. Here is a list of new, less popular or developing non-shedding cat species. Mind you, they are pretty expensive.
- Elf Cats – These come to be by breeding a Sphynx with American Curls
- Bambino Cats – They are a cross between a Sphynx and a Munchkin cat
- Kohana Cats – This breed is also known as the Hawaiian Hairless and is alleged to be a form of the Canadian Sphynx. Though, certain unconfirmed results suggest that it is a result of mating a Don Sphynx and a Canadian Sphynx.