The Peterbald is a graceful Russian feline variety with a singular coat. Some of these cats are marked by complete absence of hair while others has super short plush-like coat, which feels like a peach to the touch. This rare and beautiful cat with lively temperament will become a true ornament for any household.
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The first bald cats were developed in the late 80s of XX in the Russian city called Rostov-on-Don. The new breed was born and was granted with the name the Don Sphynx. Shortly European fanciers showed interest in this cat with a peculiar coat and brought some of its specimens to their native countries. The genetic background of its hairlessness was a great mystery and it still remains mostly unsolved.
The point is that some of Don Sphynxes were born perfectly bald but many possessed coat with unusual texture. So it’s still unclear whether this trait is caused by one or several genes and which genes are responsible for baldness or hair loss. It’s also possible that the presence of two copies of genes leads to complete hairlessness and one copy gives only a diminished or nonstandard coat.
In the beginning of the 90s the newly-invented breed was brought to St. Petersburg for further development. In 1993, an elegant Oriental Shorthair, Radma Von Jagerhof, was crossed with the Don Sphynx nicknamed Afinguen Myth. Their offspring were labelled as «experimental» and one of them, Nocturne Iz Murino, was used in development of the Peterbald breed. Pedigrees of all modern-day Peterbalds can be traced back to this individual male.
The International Cat Association granted the breed the Championship status in 2005. Presently it’s considered as a very rare but highly saleable feline variety.
The Peterbald is a bright and sweet-natured cat, which will constantly amuse you with its acrobatic tricks. It’s prone to develop intensive attachment to its human family and can become extremely destructive if left alone for a long period of time. This devoted and tender cat will accompany you while you have your breakfast, do you household chores and creep under the blanket when you go to bed. That’s why it won’t be a good idea to adopt this breed if you get irritated by such persistent demonstration of affection. Most of its specimens will demand meal or the master’s attention with the help of its sonorous and loud voice.
This affable cat is usually fine with other household pets although it definitely prefers the company of its favourite humans. Be mindful that the Peterbald is an extremely energetic cat, which is capable of playing for hours on end. It’s easy to teach it to retrieve a small ball or walk on a leash. Actually this cat will treasure every minute spent with its master and usually welcomes the chance to use its active brain by passing through basic training. It should always have plentiful of puzzle toys at its disposal so it won’t get bored while you are busy or at work.
The adventurous and kittenish Peterbald will become an excellent pet for families with children who will admire its supreme resourcefulness and boundless energy. This cat adjusts well to any living condition and will enjoy living in a small apartment as well as in a spacious house while it receives enough care and love.
The most common problems for the breed include:
· ectodermal dysplasia;
· feline lower urinary tract disease.
The Peterbald needs very little maintenance. Since its skin is covered with minimum or no hair it will never require brushing and combing. However the owner should provide this cat necessary protection from sunburn and cold if he plans to takes it for a walk. Regular bathing is also essential for this breed as its skin tends to get greasy and dirty really fast.
Other than that your Peterbald should receive rather basic care. Examine its huge erect ears regularly and clean them if needed. The cat’s nails should be trimmed every other week.