Peterbald Cat Breed

Peterbalds are the crossbreed between a Donskoy cat and an Oriental Shorthair. This cat breed is fairly new—the first of this type were bred in 1993 in Russia. The breed can be called a Russian Sphynx which can occasionally be a little complicated because the Don Sphynx is being called a Russian Sphynx too. Peterbalds are sophisticated, slender, and elegant cats, taking many of their qualities from their parentage, namely the Oriental Shorthair and Siamese gracefulness and the Don Sphynx's bald gene.

These quirky cats are easy to care for and maintain. They have fun-loving, spirited characters, and their appearance can only be described as exceptionally adorable. Peterbalds have a sense of loyalty that many other cats do not have. In fact, this cat is often compared to a dog because they are so affectionate toward its human companions.

Peterbalds are a rare yet highly sought-after cat breed. Their coats come in a wide variety: from completely bald to a full coat. Extraordinarily devoted and one of the friendliest breeds, they are a perfect cat breed for families and those individuals with a small home. Their sweet and curious nature has snatched the hearts of cat lovers worldwide.

This cat breed is incredibly friendly and will giddily greet guests rather than hiding untrustworthily when they come. Because of their social temperament, they are feeling down when left alone. This means it is crucial to provide constant and reliable companionship. The good news is that this companionship does not have to be human friendship alone. Peterbald cats are very comparable to their Oriental Shorthair cousins because they can form close bonds with other cats and dogs.

Peterbalds are spirited and agile. They spend their waking hours being curious about everything, helping their favourite human companion, and searching for tall vantage points in their home. They tend to talk while they are at it, a tad loud to express their opinions on everything, such as the quantity of attention you provide them to the food they need on their dish.

While the Peterbald may not be the perfect pet for everyone, this cat breed is a captivating one. Those who are fortunate enough to bring a Peterbald kitten home have a devoted friend for life.

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Breed Information

20-30 cm
2.7-6 kg
Life Span:
12-15 years
Loyal, Sociable, Affectionate, Curious, Intelligent
Energy Level:
Medium- High
Country of Origin:
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  • Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
  • Shedding: Low 2/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Medium 6/10
  • Activity Level: Medium 6/10
  • Playfulness: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: Medium 6/10
  • Intelligence: High 10/10
  • Independence: Low 2/10


In late 1994, the first recognized Peterbald was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the result of experimental breeding between an Oriental shorthair male and a Don sphynx female. Thus, some straight coated Peterbalds are mistaken for Siamese cat, and the full nude cats are frequently mistaken for Sphynx cats. Today, the Peterbalds are now a genetically separate cat breed.

While the gene that produces baldness seems to follow the basic Mendelian genetics wherein an average litter, one in four, will have an ordinary coat, one in four cats will be bald, and two in four will have some middle variation of their fur. Currently, there is no understanding of why some Peterbald cats change their coat or lose it entirely throughout their lifetimes.

In 2005, Peterbalds were accepted for championship competition by The International Cat Association (TICA) and in 2008 by the American Cat Fanciers Association.

Peterbald Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws


Peterbald Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

To start with, a Peterbald's coat can come in any of the following:

  1. Hairless: The most familiar and well-known because it is the most photographically notable. These are the Peterbald cats that are entirely hairless or have only very fine short hair on their faces, paws, and tails. In this subset, there is an even more hairless cat version called the "ultra-bald". These cats do not have eyelashes or whiskers.
  2. Very fine fuzz: Sometimes, it has been described as feeling like velour. This particular hair is very fine and soft to the touch. It may cover the entire Peterbald cat's body or appear in patches, primarily around the extremities.
  3. Different lengths coat: This made wholly of velvety soft hair that is much like the undercoat of a long-haired cat breed.
  4. Ordinary cat's coat: The type that may lack the Peterbald trait entirely. These Peterbald cats are called "straight coats." Genetically, they are identical to their bald cousins. They can be registered and bred as Peterbald cats; however, they are not championship material and are only kept as pets.

In addition, for multi-coloured Peterbald cats, their coat sometimes grows in two different types of hair. It comes with white parts of their fur being soft, velvety hair and the darker spots being wirier and bristlier.

Peterbald's coat will have variation. The coat the cat is born with does not serve as their forever fur. Their coat can change during their first two years, and their hair texture will either be lost or gained. The lack of fur means higher metabolism. Because of their lack of fur, Peterbalds have a higher metabolism compared to other cats with full coats. This high metabolism also makes Peterbalds heal faster than coated cat breeds when it comes to scratches and other wounds.

Some believed that Hairless Peterbalds are hypoallergenic, but they are not. While Peterbalds are sometimes bald or almost bald, this does not essentially mean that you will not have an allergic reaction. Allergies from cats can begin with their saliva, coat, or dander. Peterbald's whiskers sometimes appear crinkled, curled, or even as barely there, stunted whiskers. Peterbalds are medium-sized cat with a long, slender body shape, tight abdomen, and a typically wedge-shaped head. Their ears tend to be amusingly oversized, and rounded triangles on top of their heads. Their large, almost almond-shaped eyes are commonly green. Their tail is long and whippy.


You will immediately notice just how much this cat breed loves people. Peterbalds can quickly form intensely strong bonds with their family and frequently follow them from room to room.

Sociable and fun-loving, Peterbald is an excellent choice for those individuals looking for a feline companion that loves company and attention. Frequently compared to canines for their loyalty level, Peterbalds are a very affectionate, friendly and warm breed. They get along great with other animals, children and even guests to enjoy playing host to them. They love to follow their favourite human companion around the house and will even talk to them as they like to be vocal.

This loyalty and devotion mean that the Peterbald cat makes a wonderful pet for households with young kids. However, make sure that you can spend adequate time with your Peterbald daily, as this cat breed does not like being left alone for long periods of time.

While the Peterbald cat is frequently described as very affectionate and devoted, these cats also have a solid athletic streak and will enjoy extended play sessions.

Peterbalds are a highly agile, intelligent and active breed that tend to move fast. They travel well and settle down swiftly once they are played out. Because of their intelligence, they love to be challenged and can play fetch for hours and hours. But at the end of the day, they are equally as happy cuddling with their human companion's lap or crawl under the covers with them at night.

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Peterbald Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

When a Peterbald is effectively socialized and trained during kittenhood, they will grow up to be a well-mannered and well-rounded cat. They are very social and loving cats that get strongly devoted to members of their family.

Peterbald cats are clever and enjoy the love and attention that comes with being clicker-trained and taught tricks. Challenge their brain and keep them interested by teaching them games and tricks. Provide them with puzzle toys that will reward them with treats or kibbles when they learn how to manipulate them.

Coat & Care

Peterbalds are generally hairless. But sometimes, the cat breed will have a very short and nearly fuzzy layer of coat. Peterbald comes in an extensive range of colours.

When it comes to their grooming, a completely hairless Peterbald cat will need bathing at least once a week. This will help get rid of any oils that can accumulate on their skin. Also, ask your vet about using a cat-friendly sunscreen, particularly if your Peterbald cat has access to the outdoors.

In terms of weather and climate, most Peterbald cats favour warmer weather than cold surroundings. It is best to keep your cat indoors for warm and cosy spots to lounge around.

Daily dental hygiene is still best, but weekly brushing is considered okay. Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Trim their nails twice a month or when needed. For their eyes, wipe their corners with a soft, damp cloth to eliminate any eye discharge. Make sure to use a separate part of the damp cloth for each eye to avoid the risk of spreading any eye infection.

Check the ears weekly. If their ears look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a vet-approved ear cleaner. If the ear has a foul odour, it is best to contact your vet for treatment. 

Their litter boxes should always be clean as they are precise about bathroom hygiene. If it is left unclean, they tend to use other places in the house.

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Peterbald Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

Peterbalds are generally a healthy cat breed. Their life expectancy is between twelve to fifteen years with proper care, exercise, and a high-quality diet. However, they can be inclined to have the same health conditions that the Donskoy cats and Oriental Shorthair cat breeds have. That is why it is vital to schedule regular check-ups with your cat's vet.

There are no breed-specific health conditions related to the Peterbald. But as always, keep an eye out for signs and symptoms that your Peterbald may have.

Children & Other Pets

Peterbalds are an excellent fit for families with young kids. Just make sure that early socialisation and training takes place. Also, make sure that boundaries are appropriately set on both the kid and the cat. As always, supervise early interactions between children and the Peterbalds.

For other household pets, the welcoming and friendly Peterbald cat commonly goes well with most domestic animals. But make sure to supervise their interactions because these relationships are very much reliant on the individual pets' traits and characters. It is still best to introduce pets gradually and in a controlled environment to guarantee that they learn to get along well together.

Finally, early socialisation and training pay off with this cat breed. Make sure to reward your Peterbald cat for good behaviour.

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