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Is it an Oriental Shorthair? Or is it a Sphynx? These are the questions you’ll have when you first spot the Peterbald. This Sphynx lookalike confuses even experts. However, it hails from Russia and is a cross-breed of Oriental Shorthair and hairless Donsky.

The Peterbald is one of the newer breeds, and there’s still a lot left to learn about it. Still, experts have dug deep and come out with tons of interesting information about them. If you want to adopt a Peterbald, it’s necessary to understand whatever knowledge we have at hand.

In this article, we’ll discuss all available information. Once you go through this, you’ll be able to make a solid decision on whether you want to adopt a Peterbald cat or not.

Which Homes Are Best

Peterbald cats can fit into any home you put them. They go along with family members of the owner, children, and even other pets.

However, they have extremely high stamina, and it’s hard to hold them off against animals cats generally consider prey. So, unless you have birds, a terrarium, or pet hamsters, you can take a Peterbald as your pet.


The lifespan of these felines depends on certain factors. They’ll live up to 10-12 years if they’re kept indoors. They can be taken outdoors, but with sufficient precautions.

The main reason behind that is, some Peterbald cats can have a very thin layer of fur. This makes them vulnerable to cold climate as well as direct sunlight. So, if they’re kept most of the time outdoors, their life expectancy will naturally drop.

Average Size

This breed falls in the medium category when it comes to size. They don’t usually cross 17” in body length and 10” in height. You can expect a mature Peterbald cat to be at least 8” in height and 14” in body length. A mature Peterbald will weigh anywhere from six to ten pounds.

Breed Background

Breed Origin

At first, the Peterbald cat may look to be of Egyptian breed. In reality, this breed is a cross between Donskoy and Oriental Shorthair. To understand this breed better, it’s imperative that we understand its origin. You’ll find all you need to know in the following sections.

Original Gene Pool

Fortunately, the breeder succeeded in creating a breed between Oriental Shorthair and hairless Donsky. However, the cat looked more like an Egyptian Sphynx.

The cat looked more like an Egyptian Sphynx. The Oriental Shorthair looks a bit like the Sphynx. The major difference that sets these two breeds apart is their coat. Unlike Sphynx, that’s mostly found hairless; Oriental Shorthair comes with a short coat.

Now, the Peterbald looks more like an Oriental Shorthair with some subtle genes from the hairless Donsky. The major factor that makes it look like the Egyptian Sphynx is its hair loss gene. These cats don’t usually have much hair, and even if they do, some may lose that coat over time.

This closes the gap between an Egyptian Sphynx and Oriental Shorthair. And this is why many people get confused between Peterbald cats and Sphynx cats.

Breed Founder

Russia, decided to make a brand new breed. However, the breeder had a goal in mind.

She loved all sorts of cats, but there were two breeds that she fancied in particular. These were Oriental Shorthair and hairless Donsky.

In 1996, the breeder’s dream came true when the Russian Selectional Feline Federation, or SFF, accepted her breed. Just a year later, the breed was taken to the international stage through its acceptance by International Cat Association, also known as TICA.

Just a few years later, World Cat Federation (WCF) accepted the breed formally. In 2008, the breed gained mass popularity in America after ACFA, or American Cat Fanciers Association accepted the breed.

One of the major reasons behind the fame of this cat is its personality, and it’s gaining more traction every year.


The appearance of a Peterbald cat can vary greatly. Let’s discuss every feature in detail so you can spot one easily.


Their coat can come in all sorts of patterns and lengths. They can have a medium-sized coat at max, but some even come with no coat. Breeders usually classify the coat into three types. These are known as a flock, brush, chamois, and straight.

Peterbald cats usually have very graceful bodies. Their body tends to be long and slender. Although they’ve well-toned muscles, they don’t look bulky. Despite being muscular, their bones are usually thin.

Although their shoulder and hip are symmetrical, their legs are not. Most of these cats have longer hind legs. They have long, oval-shaped toes. The size of their paws is medium. Just like their legs, their tail is long and thin and has a tapered end.

You’ll also find their bodies rather symmetrical, and this is mostly because their hips and shoulders are of equal length.

As for their eyes, they come in all colors but usually are medium-sized. Another distinct feature of their eyes is the almond shape.


One of the prime factors you must consider for understanding a cat breed is its personality. Although cats of even the same breed may have a difference in personality, some general characteristic is found in all of them.

So, we’ll be taking a look at some of the personality traits of the Peterbald cat.

Indoors or Outdoors

Peterbald cats are meant to be kept indoors. There are two major reasons behind it.

Firstly, these cats were bred to be kept indoors. They don’t have a thick coat. So, they can’t last in hot or cold climates.

Secondly, they gather more dirt and grime than other cat breeds. So, keeping them outdoors wouldn’t be the right call.


Whether Peterbald cats are noisy or not depends completely on what you’re expecting from them. Are these cats calm? Yes, they remain calm most of the time.

However, unlike most calm cats, they are quite vocal. They’ll be vocal even when they don’t need anything. These cats will try to communicate and socialize with the owner as well as the family members.


As we’ve discussed just now, Peterbald cats love interacting with people. They’ll interact with not only the owner but with the other people in the house as well. This is why these cats are considered one of the most wholesome ones out there.


Peterbald cats aren’t the best in terms of smartness. Then again, they aren’t dumb either. These cats understand most basic commands, but they might struggle to learn some of the more complicated ones.

For example, you can teach them to follow or run to you. However, they might not be able to learn to play fetch.


Peterbald cats are considered balls of energy. They have extremely high stamina. As they are slender and muscular, it’s very hard to deplete their stamina too. This is why it’s important to play with them regularly.

Only playing won’t cut it. You’ll have to subject them to exercises that are tough and draining. This will help you keep the cats in control. If you allow them to build up stamina, they’ll start getting obese and cranky.


Peterbald cats are very friendly, but how are they for children and other pets? Let’s find that out in the following sections!


These cats are great for children. These cats usually have a lot of stamina. So they can keep up with your children all day long. If you fail to take the cat out for a walk, it’d be best to keep it in the company of your children. This way, it’ll get enough scope to burn its stamina.

Other Animals

These cats are also very suitable if you want them to live with other pets of yours. They go well with both cats and dogs of different breeds. As they’re very energetic, they also like hunting insects and pests. So, we’d avoid having a Peterbald in our homes if we had a hamster, mouse, or a terrarium.

Breed Predisposed Ailments

Pedigree breeds mainly carry ailments due to their smaller gene pool. However, Peterbald cats are found mostly healthy, and they don’t usually carry any predisposed aliments at all.

However, some experts believe that these cats might exhibit feline ectodermal dysplasia due to the prevalence of hairlessness.

In fact, there are a lot of experts who discourage breeding hairless cats. However, Peterbald cats don’t usually show many aliments. This is one of the reasons why they’re gaining worldwide popularity.

Still, we highly recommend you buy the kitten from a reputed seller. Some sellers provide a guarantee that the kitten doesn’t have any ailments. Having assurance will make your life much easier.


Grooming is important for every cat, and every breed must be groomed differently. Let’s take a look at some of the grooming techniques appropriate for Peterbald cats.


Unlike most cats, Peterbald cats don’t require occasional brushing. The reason is quite self-explanatory, as most Peterbald cats don’t have any fur to begin with.

While this eliminates one hassle, it doesn’t eliminate problems completely. Peterbald cats tend to acquire dirt and grime a lot more in quantity than cats with fur. This is why they need to be bathed regularly with a suitable shampoo.

Just a bit of shampoo and hot water will do the trick very well. Once the cat is done with the shower, let it sit in a dry space for a while and wipe it clean. This will be more than enough for it.


As they have long and pointy ears, Peterbald cats collect a lot of dirt in their ears. It’s best to clean their ear with a soft towel after the shower. If you find any debris or grime in their ears, clean it with a soft swab dipped in oil. Don’t go poking around too hard, or you may damage their ears.


Different breeds come at different prices. There’s usually no specific price, rather a range that you can expect the price to fall into. Moreover, there are certain factors that control the pricing.

Cost of Kittens

Due to their rarity, Peterbald kittens are pretty expensive. You can expect to pay at least $2,000 for a kitten of pure breed. If it’s a cross-breed with another cat, then the price might drop.

The price can soar higher too. Certain factors might act behind the price hike. For starters, the region you buy the kitten from. If the kitten is rare in your region, then you better be ready to pay a huge premium over the regular price.

Plus, if you buy it from a legitimate dealer who guarantees a healthy kitten, the cost will definitely rise.

Pros & Cons


  • Very vocal and interactive
  • Great with children and other animals
  • Doesn’t have many predisposed aliments
  • Great choice if you don’t like brushing fur
  • It’s a hairless cat so it’s great for people who suffer from allergies


  • Very sensitive to both cold climates and direct sunlight
  • Needs to be bathed or wiped daily
  • Doesn’t hold up well against impacts
Height: 8-12 inches
Weight: 7-14 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: White, lilac, grey, black, ebony, lavender, silver, red, orange, blue, fawn
Suitable For: Families, houses
Temperament: Friendly, energetic, vocal, interactive, great with children

Final Thoughts

This breed is also very healthy, and the chances of them suffering from predisposed aliments are very low as well.

Summarizing the entire article, we can confidently say that the Peterbald cat is a great fit for any household. This breed is also very healthy, and the chances of them suffering from predisposed aliments are very low as well.

It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with family and other pets. As long as you can spend enough time with the cat, exercise it to its limits, and bathe it regularly, it’ll be a fine choice for you.