Peterbald

This Russian breed is very special, in that it can be completely bald, but it can also have a very short and dense coat that feels like velvet, plush, a peach, or even a beard. They are most often hairless, owing to their dominant gene for a diminished coat, hair loss and hairlessness. That is exactly what makes the Peterbald unique, distinguished and a very sought after breed. Elegant and beautiful to look at and interesting to touch, the Peterbald makes for an exquisite feline companion.


Peterbald Breed Information


History
The Peterbald, like many other unique breeds, was born as an experiment: a cross between an Oriental Shorthair and a Don Hairless (or Donskoy/Don Sphynx) as recently as 1994. Only two years later, the Peterbald was accepted by the Selectional Feline Federation (SFF) and it received an abbreviation (PBD) and a standard. The International Cat Association (TICA) adopted it in 1997 and abbreviated it as PD while the World Cat Federation (WCF) gave it the same PBD abbreviation. Today, mating of the Peterbald is encouraged with Siamese breeds and Oriental ones, both shorthair and semi-longhair breeds. As of 2005, it is no longer acceptable for a Peterbald to be crossed with a Javanese or Balinese. In 2009, the breed was officially accepted by the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) for Championship class competition, while the “brush coat” Peterbald has been recognized by TICA as of 2008.
Personality
Extremely playful and intelligent, the Peterbald is among the friendliest breeds known to man. Active and curious, but also deeply affectionate, this cat gets along with cats, dogs and humans, including children. It is friendly towards all living things, familiar or strangers that come into the home. The presence of its affectionate traits means that the Peterbald will accompany you everywhere and is happy to sit on your lap to be petted for hours.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (playful and very energetic)
  • Intelligence level: 5/5 (highly intelligent)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious and playful, like all cats)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (extremely friendly with everyone, from cats to dogs to humans)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (medium vocal, will talk back to you)
Appearance
The Peterbald is among the most unusual cats out there when it comes to appearance. While most people are used to fluffy cats with glorious coats, this breed is often completely hairless, or with a sparse coat that feels like stroking a velvety peach. It has a small head, big eyes and very large ears. It carries itself very elegantly, with a slim and sleek body that is not weighed down by excess fur.
  • Fur: This breed is characterized and known for its trademark hairlessness. However, it does, sometimes, have a straight coat, a velour coat, a brush coat or a flock coat. They come in various degrees of hairlessness and with or without the hair loss gene.
  • Eyes: Beautiful, mysterious almond-shaped eyes that come in all colors.
  • Body structure: Slim and elegant, the Peterbald is the supermodel of cat breeds, with long, slender legs and a sleek body. Its legs are elongated with rounded paws, and it has a long, skinny tail that may or may not remind one of a whip.
  • Facial features: This breed has a very distinctive face structure, with an elongated head and a triangular muzzle. Its large ears are rounded at the tips.
  • Weight: The Peterbald has a medium weight of between 7 and 14 pounds.
Health and Care
Due to its fast metabolism, the Peterbald can require food as often as 4 or 5 times a day. Because it processes it so quickly and efficiently, it will not become overweight; it actually needs the nutrients. Because of its unique coat, this breed needs to be bathed every week, in order to remove oil residue and other dirt that may have accumulated on its skin. It also needs to be moisturized with cream or rubbing lotion, in order to keep it healthy. Peterbalds may develop feline ectodermal dysplasia, an affliction that may cause dentition problems.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com