Donskoy Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Donskoy cat

The Donskoy Cat is one of the few hairless cat breeds. It’s best known for Its great kindness and lack of aggression. It’s very comfortable with Its adoptive family. It cannot stand loneliness and can follow Its master everywhere.

It’s also endlessly active, curious, and intelligent. Its maintenance is very simple and its health quite robust. It consumes a lot of food to compensate for the lack of hair.

History of the breed

The Donskoy first appeared in Russia, in the Rostov region, in 1988. It was on this date that a woman named Irina Kovaloyva discovered a blue-cream cat in the street. This cat presented many unstacked patches. She, therefore, decides to keep It at home.

Then, this cat named Varya gave birth to several kittens which all had the particularity of being born naked. Kovaloyva, in fact, decided to show this peculiarity which in no way resembled the Sphynxes to the breeder Irina Nemikina.

Irina developed the breed, later named Donskoy, through a few crosses. The Donskoy is, like the Sphynx, one of the only breeds of hairless cats in the world. It is therefore easily identifiable.

Physical features

  • Its body : The Donskoy is semi-foreign in format according to the standard, that is to say, it is well built, muscular, and elegant. Its musculature appears in broad daylight because of the lack of hair. There is a little more skin in the groin area. It has a broad croup.
  • Its coat: The Donskoy presents an elastic skin with many folds. More folds in the head, armpits, stomach, and groin. The hair is absent, although a slight down is allowed on the muzzle, ears, feet, and at the end of the tail. Any manual hair removal is prohibited and eliminatory during competitions.
  •   Its color: The Donskoy standard accepts all colors. The tabby can be mackerel, spotted or blotched.
  • Its head: That of Donskoy is wedge-shaped. It has prominent cheekbones and clearly visible wrinkles on the forehead. The nose presented is of medium size.
  • Its eyes: They are almond-shaped but also at an angle. The color depends on the dress of the Donskoy.
  • Its ears: They are large and set on the head. The Donskoy’s ears are tilted a little forward and feature a rounded tip.
  • Its tail: It is long and thin.

Behavior With Others

The Donskoy is an extremely kind cat devoid of aggression. The proof, when it has to undergo an attack of a congener, it is unable to react and respond. In fact, it is strongly recommended not to let this feline go outside. The Donskoy is tendersociable, and affectionate with Its master and Its adoptive family.

It will never hesitate to follow Its owner everywhere in the home. It can turn out to be a little clingy at times, but It does without a second thought because It can’t stand loneliness. It’s also hyperactive and keeps moving. It’s naturally curious and therefore enjoys discovering Its environment, and enjoys playing with adults and children.

Living Conditions

Due to its natural impossibility of defending itself, it is strongly recommended to keep a Donskoy in an apartment, or in a house with a garden whose fences are well closed. It should not be able to meet a fellow-creature who would hurt It. In addition, an apartment makes life easier when the temperatures are very hot or, conversely, very cold.

Indeed, the Donskoy Cat does not appreciate the hot weather and harshness of winter. Its naked skin prevents It from being protected. In the apartment, It should have access to accessories to stretch Its legs and have fun. A cat tree is therefore compulsory.

Health & Maintenance

The Donskoy is a cat that is lucky enough to be able to live long enough. It usually solid health accompanies It throughout Its life, It can go up to twenty years. Donskoy is subject to pulmonary infections, which should be prevented in particular in winter by limiting its exposure to the cold as much as possible.

In addition, it is mandatory to vaccinate this cat against traditional feline diseases, namely rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Donskoy is between 12 and 15 years.

Due to the lack of hair, there is no need to brush the Donskoy cat, it would do nothing and only irritate Its skin. In contrast, the Donskoy tends to sweat like the Sphynx. It’s desirable to give It regular baths, or at least wash It with lukewarm water, once a week. This shouldn’t be a problem since this cat enjoys the water.

In addition, some usual checks at the level of Its eyes as Its ears are desirable.

The Donskoy is a very greedy cat because It must ingest many calories to compensate for the lack of hair, and therefore to maintain Its body temperature at a good level. It’s satisfied with industrial food, even if Its diet can be supplemented with human food by avoiding the prohibitions.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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