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The Peterbald is a hairless breed of Russian origin. The cat is svelte, elegant, with long tapering lines, supple and well- muscled.


The Peterbald was created in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1994 from an experimental cross of a Don Sphynx and an Oriental Shorthair made by Olga Mironova. The first two litters produced four hairless kittens, which were the foundation stock of the Peterbald. The breed is recognised by FIFe since 2012.


Peterbalds have a dominant hair-losing gene inherited from the Don Sphynx, and can be born bald, flocked, brush, or with a straight coat. Those born with hair, excepting the straight-coats, can lose their hair over time. Like Orientals, they have a slim and muscular build body with a long whip-like tail. They have a narrow and long head with a straight profile, almond-shaped eyes and large ears.


Peterbalds are sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, curious, smart, and energetic. They are medium vocal and tend to follow their owners and want to be with them. Peterbalds typically live in harmony with other cats and pets, and also with children.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2024