The Peterbald is a relatively new breed of small to medium sized cats, the first of its kind was bred in Russia in 1993. The breed can be referred to as Russian Sphynx, which can sometimes be a little confusing, as the Don Sphynx is also referred to as Russian Sphynx. Peterbalds are elegant, slender and graceful cats that have inherited many of their traits from their parents, namely the bald gene of the Don Sphynx and the grace of the Oriental Shorthair and Siamese. They are slender cats with beautiful almond-shaped eyes and large bat-like ears. The breed boasts a thin, whip-like tail and elegant oval paws, which means they can pick up and grip objects, including levered door knobs. Peterbalds look very similar Oriental Shorthairs but when they are born they can be bald, velour, flocked, brushed or straight haired, the breed having the hair loss gene. The cats that are born with hair, straight coated cats being the exception, can lose their hair as they age. Peterbalds come in a variety of colours as well as markings. Peterbalds can live 10 or more years if they are well cared for.
Read our Peterbald Buying Advice page for information on this cat breed.