Donskoy Cats & Kittens for Sale

The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed originating from Russia. Also known as the Don Sphynx or Russian Hairless, the Donskoy is a new breed, recognized by the World Cat Federation in 1997 and by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005. Although they look similar, the Donskoy is not related to the well-known Sphynx cat. Still, they display some identical personality traits, such as high energy levels and incredible loyalty.

These intelligent and unique felines are super loving. Still, they require a high level of maintenance due to their hairlessness and energetic nature. Therefore, they may not be the right breed for everyone, but they make a devoted and affectionate lifelong friend for the right person.

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Meet the Donskoy cat

The Donskoy is a medium-sized cat that reaches a weight of 6 to 12 pounds at full maturity. Without any fur, you will instantly see how muscular and robust this cat is. Their skin feels soft to the touch and often has a wrinkled appearance. They have long legs and distinctive webbed toes. In addition, they have small wedge-shaped heads with large ears and almond-shaped eyes.

Donskoy's hairlessness is due to a dominant mutation, not a recessive mutation like the Sphynx. Even so, their skin requires as much care as it is prone to oil buildup. However, be careful as over-bathing them can exacerbate the problem. So, it's best to bathe them once a month only, then regularly wipe their skin with a damp cloth.

Their lack of fur also means that Donskoy cats cannot regulate their temperature as well as other cats can, and their skin can burn in the sun. Because of this, you should keep your Donskoy as an indoor-only cat. Thankfully, they are not prone to any breed-specific genetic diseases. However, they are susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, so regular brushing is essential. When well-cared for, your Donskoy should live for 12 to 15 years.

The temperament of a Donskoy

The Donskoy is a smart cat with plenty of curiosity and playfulness. They love to play a wide variety of games, and you'll often see them making up activities, too. They need lots of mental stimulation and an enriched environment to keep their intelligent minds active. Thus, things like puzzle feeders will keep them busy when you're not available.

Moreover, as you can imagine, Donskoys love to play interactively with their owners and are incredibly receptive to learning tricks. What's more, many Donskoy owners have reported playing hide-and-seek and fetch with these hairless kitties.

They are social felines who typically act friendly to everyone they meet and are exceptionally affectionate with their humans. They love to be involved in family activities and are incredible entertainers with animated personalities.

Donskoy cats are more active than many other breeds, but they love to curl up with their owners when they sleep. They have a calm, gentle nature and a soft heart, but this means they get super lonely when left alone.

10 reasons to add a Donskoy to your family

  1. They are incredibly loyal - Perhaps the best personality trait of the Donskoy is their extreme devotion to their owners. Like a dog, your Donskoy will follow you around and stay by your side, whatever you do.
  2. They make a great family pet - Although they can do well with a sole owner, Donskoys are an excellent choice for families. They are great with children of all ages and love busy, social homes.
  3. They are friendly to everyone - They are confident and social cats that act friendly towards strangers and warmly welcome guests.
  4. You can play all sorts of games with them - Because of their high intelligence, you can play many different games with a Donskey and teach them to perform tricks and retrieve balls.
  5. They don't shed - If you have allergies or don't like your bed and sofa covered in cat hair, a Donskoy is the best feline for you.
  6. They are soft and wrinkly - The Donskoy's hairless skin adds to their beauty rather than takes away from it. You'll be surprised at how soft they are, and their wrinkles give them a uniquely cute appearance.
  7. They have webbed feet - Another distinctive aspect of their appearance is their intriguing webbed feet. You will not find this on any furry kitty.
  8. You can dress them in sweaters - Donskoys are one of the only cats that you dress in clothing in cold climates. They struggle to keep themselves warm in the winter without a fur coat, but you can buy them cute hoodies and jumpers instead.
  9. They are unique - Finally, if you're looking for a cat that's different from standard moggies, a Donskoy is it.

Best homes for a Donskoy cat

Donskoy cats love humans of all ages and are very gentle with young children. They thrive in a home where they can be the centre of attention. They need an owner who is around often, so someone who works from home is an ideal Donskoy parent, as is a household where everyone is working different shifts.

Donskoys are also best for experienced cat owners as they are pretty needy and have high energy levels. Thus, if you're looking for a pet cat for the first time, you may find a Donskoy a little overwhelming.

Despite their need for constant attention, they will peacefully coexist in a house with a dog, providing they get as much attention as their canine companion, that is. However, they are not the best breed if you're looking for a friend for another feline as they are not always the friendliest around their kind.

Frequently Asked Questions About Donskoy Kittens

Why should I choose a Donskoy kitten from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
At The Pedigree Paws, we stand firmly against immoral pet breeding of all kinds, including pet farms and unlicensed breeders. Therefore, in our operations, we do everything in our power to ensure the welfare of pedigree kittens. This includes thorough procedures for choosing breeding partners, which allows us to filter out unethical breeders. As a result of our stringent regulations, we are proud to say that all our breeders are fully licensed, highly experienced, and deeply passionate about what they do. In addition, they look after their Donskoy kittens in their family homes rather than raising them in a commercial breeding facility. Therefore, all kittens from The Pedigree Paws are 100% healthy and make excellent feline companions.
Is a Donskoy the right kitten for me?
Donskoy cats are social beings who love attention from everyone and everyone. However, what they love the most is interactive playtime with their owners, so if you're considering this hairless kitty, ensure you have plenty of time for them. They dislike being left alone for long, so if your house is often empty, you will likely find that your Donskoy suffers emotionally. On the other hand, if there is usually someone at home, they will feel at ease, loved, and happy. What's more, as they are relatively needy compared to other breeds, they are best for cat lovers who have previous experience caring for felines.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
We are cat owners ourselves, so we know getting a new kitten is not always the pleasant experience you expect. Because of the operation of dishonest breeders, it can be stressful to find a pedigree kitten that comes from a good home. This is why we created The Pedigree Paws to bring all the top kitten breeders together on one platform. Therefore, you can be sure that you will find an ethical and passionate Donskoy breeder here. Our partner breeders undergo a meticulous selection process and thorough checks before joining the platform.
Are Donskoy kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Thankfully, Donskoy kittens are not prone to any breed-specific genetic diseases. Furthermore, kitten welfare is our prime interest, and our breeders follow rigorous welfare protocols. Therefore, you can trust that the Donskoy kittens on our platform are fully healthy in all aspects. For example, every kitten receives a full health checkup with a licensed vet to determine they are free from health issues. The breeder will also carry out a DNA test on both parents of the kittens and will deworm, microchip, and vaccinate them.
When can I receive my new Donskoy kitten?
Depending on their development rate, your Donskoy kitten will be ready between eight and thirteen weeks old. It is essential that all kittens stay with their mother for at least the first eight weeks of their life, and we would never separate a kitten from its mum before it is ready. Therefore, as the timescale varies, your breeder will confirm the exact date you can receive your Donskoy kitten as soon as possible.
Can I see the parents of a Donskoy kitten before purchase?
Yes, we can arrange a virtual meeting via video call to speak with the breeder and see the kitten's parents. They will give you greater assurance that your new hairless kitty comes from two healthy and happy felines.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Donskoy kitten?
Yes, every kitten we sell comes with authentic documents from one of the top pedigree organisations, which for Donskoy kittens, is usually TICA. The breeder will register your new kitten in their country of residence, but the documents you receive are accepted worldwide.
Do your Donskoy kittens come from good breeders?
Donskoy is not an easily found cat breed, yet we've found the best breeders who specialise in these unique felines in Britain and Europe. They are fully licensed and registered breeders with a wealth of experience with this breed. Plus, they take excellent care of them by raising them in their own homes with the mother cat.
Are your Donskoy kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
We choose to only partner with breeders who raise their kittens in their homes. This is not only the most ethical way, but it gets them used to humans and other animals straight away, too. It also means they stay with their mother and siblings for the most crucial stage of their lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case with many commercial breeding facilities. These places often keep the kittens in cages separate from their mother. As you can imagine, this has a detrimental effect on their development, health and wellbeing. As a result, kittens raised in this way often display behavioural problems as they grow up.
How can I help my Donskoy kitten settle into my home?
Luckily for you, you're choosing one of the most social and friendly cat breeds. What's more, they grow up in an environment where they receive more than sufficient socialisation. Because of this, we find most Donskoy kittens settle very well into their forever homes. Even so, all kittens are different, so we still suggest putting in place a few things to prepare for your kitten's arrival and ease the transition. First, we recommend keeping your new Donskoy in one room for the first day to prevent overwhelming them. Moreover, stay with them as much as possible and dedicate lots of time to interaction and play. This will immediately help your kitten associate you and their new environment as something good. Lastly, if you have young children or other pets, hold off introducing them until it looks like your Donskoy feels settled enough.