Peterbald cat on a table.

Peterbald Cat Breed

This elegant, graceful breed has a variety of coat types, is vocal and friendly, and loves to be the center of attention.

Originating in Russia, the Peterbald is a fairly new breed created by crossing the Oriental Shorthair with the Donskoy. This cat is highly variable, and may be completely hairless, covered with a fine soft down, or possess a dense, stiff coat with a brushlike texture.

Kittens born with a coat may become hairless as they mature, sometimes retaining downy-coated points. The Peterbald has a pleasant temperament and makes a good family cat.

Hairless or very thin-coated varieties need protection from the elements and are probably best kept indoors. The skin of hairless types may have a sticky feel and needs to be washed regularly.

Peterbald owners often describe the cat’s play as “aerial ballet.”

Origin: Russia, 1990s

Breed registries: FIFe, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: All colors, shades,and patterns.