JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two new cat breeds have been unveiled by a cattery run by breeder April Arguin. The two breeds are called the Spynxiebob and the BamBob and are a cross between an American Bobtail cat and a Sphynx cat. Arguin, who has a tremendous passion for the breeds, has been working with them for nine years and wants to share these hairless, hypoallergenic cats with the rest of the world.
The breeder says it takes three generations of these cats to get a litter with the unique look that she has created. In order to get the two new breeds, Arguin first mixed a Sphynx cat with an American Bobtail cat, which produced kittens with fur. Then she took the best kitten from that first litter and mated it with another Sphynx cat. Eventually, after three litters, the Sphynxiebob and the BamBob were born.
The two cats are almost identical in appearance to a Sphynx, except that they have the tail of a Bobcat. The only difference between the two new breeds is that the Sphynxiebob has long legs and a muscular body in comparison to the BamBob.
Arguin is currently waiting for the cats to be recognized as an official breed but the registration process is lengthy. In order to be certified as a breed, there needs to be a certain number of kittens born that have the consistency of the breed characteristics.
Once available to the public, the BamBob will cost around $3,500, while the Sphynixiebob will cost $2,800. According to Arguin, both cat breeds are friendly with adults and kids, they’re hypoallergenic and shower all humans with lots of love and attention.