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9 nearly hairless mammals

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 18, 2013, 9 a.m.
sphynx, hairless mammals

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Depending on whom you ask, a Sphynx is either distinctive and adorable, or creepy and chupacabra-like. These are the hairless cats, shaped by breeders rather than evolution, but still quite comfortable in their own skin.

To the uninitiated, their hairlessness might take some getting used to, but they're still just cats on the inside. Sphynxes are known for their extroverted personalities, displaying high levels of energy, curiosity and affection.

And the good news for pet owners? No hairballs!