The Peterbald Cat is a very particular cat, which takes on the characteristics of the Donskoy and the Siamese, from which it descends. It’s therefore both hyperactive and possessive, but also quite talkative.
It may be off-putting, as it may appeal to some. It demands constant attention and doesn’t appreciate being left alone. Its maintenance is not necessarily easy but its health, solid.
History of the breed
The Peterbald Cat is a fairly recent cat since its appearance dates back to 1994. Its country of origin is Russia where it was born from a cross operated by Olga S. Mironova between a Donskoy and an Oriental.
The desire of the Russian woman was to combine the elegance of the Oriental with the particular skin of the Donskoy. This gave a very typical morphology to the Peterbald and allowed it to highlight that of the Oriental.
Then, little by little, the marriages with the Donskoy faded. Crosses with Siamese and Orientals were no longer authorized. The Russian feline federation wrote the first standard in 1996. This breed of cat is still too little known in Europe and America.
- Its body: The Peterbald presents an oriental type body, as stated in his standard. It is rather long and firm. We find an athletic cat, with supple but firm muscles and finally quite slender. We can see an impressive density when lifting it. Note that its framework remains thin despite everything.
- Its hair: Peterbald comes in 3 distinct varieties. Indeed, we first find the naked Peterbald, which presents an elastic skin, with an impression of touching rubber. It does not have a mustache. The Peterbald can also be “velvet”, that is to say have a skin with a very, very short hair. The ends have a slightly longer dress. Finally, there is the “brush” variety which gives a cat with short, curly, and harsh hair. Its mustaches are curled and broken. Note that the standard favors the “velvet” variety.
- Its color: The Peterbald standard accepts all possible coat colors. Note that only traditional and point are tolerated. Regarding the divisions, they are all integrated into the standard, except amber.
- Its head: The Peterbald has a fairly long and triangular head. 3 types of profile are accepted: straight, slightly convex, and 2 planes. The adult can have jowls. The nose has no pinch. In profile, it is long and straight.
- Its eyes: They are medium in size, oriental in shape, and almond-shaped. Eye color varies depending on its category. Intense blue for the point and intense green for the traditional. Odd eyes are tolerated for particolors, as in whites.
- Its ears: The ears of the Peterbald are quite large in size, wide at the base, and well-spaced.
- Its tail: In the Peterbald, the tail goes hand in hand with the height of the legs and the length of the body. It is therefore quite long.
Behavior and Character
The Peterbald Cat is a cat who will never leave Its master alone . While some like this, others will not be fond of such a vibrant and outgoing breed. Indeed, the Peterbald inherited the behavior of the Donskoy as well as that of the Siamese.
An explosive cocktail. This cat is dynamic, lively, alert, but also possessive, and above all talkative. This cat can follow Its master everywhere at home. It’s constantly looking for attention, affection, to be at the center of the master’s concern.
It hates loneliness and is not necessarily independent. It can get cold. It appreciates the presence of children by Its side, same goes for congeners and other animals.
It doesn’t matter where the Peterbald lives. Above all, It needs the presence of Its master at Its side. It only lives for that. Nevertheless, it remains a very active cat. It will therefore undoubtedly appreciate the presence of a garden.
An apartment can suit It, provided you install many accessories, including a cat tree. In addition, it’s a feline intended for active, dynamic people, and not for the elderly. Because this cat, as cuddly as it is, needs to move and does not know how to remain inactive.
Health & Maintenance
There is only one known hereditary disease in Peterbald: progressive retinal atrophy. It’s a hereditary pathology according to an autosomal and recessive world. There is a genetic screening test, to be performed as soon as possible.
In addition, it’s doesn’t support the cold, because of the absence of fur. On the other hand, It’s blessed with excellent health and very rarely falls ill. It is advisable, as for all cats, to have it vaccinated against the usual diseases, which are rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a Peterbald is between 10 and 13 years.
Contrary to what one might think, the absence of fur does not mean very simple maintenance. Conversely. Like the Donskoy, the Peterbald sometimes sweats quite regularly. Therefore, a weekly bath is required. No brushing, but it is important to put on a damp washcloth daily. It also helps to remove impurities that could settle on Its skin.
In addition to a regular bath as well as brushing with a damp washcloth, the Peterbald should be inspected at Its eye and ear level.
The diet of the Peterbald must correspond to its needs. They are active cats and therefore tend to burn their calories. Be careful not to overfeed It either, this would be harmful to Its health.