So Ugly It's Cute: 12 Photos of Hairless Dogs and Cats

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My mom thinks I'm cute
A mother Sphynx nuzzles her kitten.
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My mom thinks I'm cute
A mother Sphynx nuzzles her kitten.
Related: 10 hilarious pictures that prove cats HATE getting wet
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Tue, Aug 28, 2012 1:42 PM EDT
Hairless cats and dogs seem ideal: no shedding, no fleas, low maintenance, no allergies, right? Not exactly. It turns out that some hairless pets, like the Sphynx cat, are actually higher-maintenance than their furry counterparts. Without a coat of fur to keep them warm and protect them from the elements, some breeds of hairless dogs and cats are more prone to skin problems. Not to mention, they are going to need a doggie jacket to keep them warm in the winter. Beyond the care requirements and allergy issues, there's also the issue of whether you truly want a hairless pet. Snuggling and petting will obviously feel different. And then there's the real question: are these animals adorably elf-like, or hideously rat-like? I seem to be wavering between the two. Check out these photos, and you be the judge. - By Joslyn Gray

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