Peterbald, the “dog-like” cat, is a loyal and caring feline companion. These Russian-bred cats are very friendly and cuddly, and can frequently be found underfoot of their favorite humans.
The Peterbald cat has a relatively short history as a modern cat breed. In 1994, a Russian breeder named Olga S. Mironova mixed an Oriental Shorthair cat with a Don Sphynx cat to create the breed. The resulting breed, known as the Peterbald as it quickly gained popularity in St. Petersburg, Russia, is now recognised by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA. However, it is still a rather uncommon purebred or pedigreed domestic cat breed.)
The small- to medium-sized Peterbald preserves a few Don Sphinx-like traits, such as varied amounts of hair, dexterous front paws, and wrinkly skin. The Oriental Shorthair inspired the exquisite breed’s long and lithe body form and oblong head form. Peterbalds are distinguished by their lengthy front toes covered in webbing, which lets them to grasp and manipulate toys and other items. They are often nicer and more social than conventional Oriental or Siamese cats.
The hair of the Peterbald ranges in texture, from a velvety, fuzzy velour coat to a fully “nude,” hairless cat. There is also a “ultra-bald” variety who has no beards or brows (and their skin often feels sticky to the touch). Potential Peterbald owners should be aware that the coat one of these cats has at birth may not be his or her everlasting fur—their coats can change substantially over their first two years of life, and their hair texture can be altered, gained, or lost.
The International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the Peterbald breed in 1997, and it was recognized for championship status in 2005.
Although the Peterbald does not normally have hair, some individuals of the breed do have a short, fuzzy coat that resembles cashmere. Other distinguishing characteristics include almond-shaped eyes and huge, pointed ears resembling those of a bat (these features were actually inherited from the Oriental Shorthair). These cats have long, slender bodies and heads that are fashioned like inverted triangles.
You’ll also see a lot of wrinkles on their body because they don’t have hair. While hairlessness is frequently the most desired feature of these cats, they can also be found with other coat textures such as chamois, velour, brush, and straight. In fact, depending on the genetics of the parents of a Peterbald litter, some kittens will be bald, while others will have straight, full coats.
Kittens’ coats can also change as they age, with hair being lost, added, or altered in texture for the first two years. Ultra-bald cats will be completely hairless, with no brows or whiskers. Chamois will have kinked brows and whiskers and will be nearly hairless. Velour cats will be approximately 70% bald, with a coat as long as 1mm in length.
Brush Peterbalds have wiry hair that can be up to 5mm long, with a wavy or curly texture and kinked whiskers. Straight coats have close-lying and short coats, as well as straight whiskers. Some of them may even have a mix of these coat types.
Because the Peterbald is a hairless cat, a strict skincare routine is necessary to keep these felines healthy. These cats also need to be bathed weekly in order to remove excess oil from the skin, which can easily attract dirt, lead to body odor, and cause the cat’s skin to feel sticky.
- Weight: 3 to 7 kg
- Coat length: Bald, flock, velour, brush, or straight
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Variety
- Pattern: Variety
These cats are well-known for their dog-like devotion to their human lovers. They are extremely affectionate, loving, and social, and they will frequently follow their owners around the house in want to get as close to them as possible. They demand attention and engagement with their human family on a regular basis, frequently waiting for their owners to get home and being extremely outspoken with their favorite person!
- Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Sunburn, vulnerability to hot and cold temperatures, and other skin disorders are potential concerns because many Peterbald cats are hairless. Their sensitive skin is also readily harmed, like when they play with a cat partner or roughhousing with toddlers. Aside from that, these cats have a relatively low number of breed-related health concerns (provided they are properly cared for).
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