The Peterbald cat is a unique and distinctive breed known for its hairless or semi-hairless coat, elegant appearance, and friendly demeanour.


Size: Medium
Weight: 3.5 – 5 kg
Coat Length: Short
Coat Colour: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon, Fawn, Red, Cream, Caramel, Tortoiseshell, Bi-Colour, Tri-Colour, Tabby, Ticked, Smoke, Silver, White
Eye Colour: Green, Odd-Eye (White Only)
Grooming: Low
Longevity: 12 – 14 years
Attention Needs: Moderate



History of the Breed

The Peterbald, a deliberately crafted breed, traces its origins to St. Petersburg, Russia. Its inception involved a strategic crossbreeding of a Don Sphynx (also recognized as Donskoy) male with an Oriental female.

The foundational lineage of the breed emerged from the initial two litters, yielding two hairless Peterbald kittens.

Unlike the Sphynx cat, which necessitates two copies of the gene for hairlessness, Peterbald’s hairlessness is governed by a dominant gene. Consequently, only one parent carrying the gene is sufficient to transmit it to the progeny. Approved outcrosses include the Siamese and the Oriental.


Reflecting its Oriental lineage, the Peterbald presents as a lengthy, slender, and refined feline. Possessing fine boning, it maintains a muscular physique. The legs are lengthy and delicately boned, featuring small, oval paws. The tail extends gracefully, tapering to a whip-like point.

The wedge-shaped head showcases large, wide-set ears, complemented by almond-shaped, medium-sized eyes. A long and slender neck completes the elegant profile.

The Peterbald exhibits diverse coat types, embracing all colours and patterns:

  1. Bald: Completely hairless.
  2. Flock: Resembling downy, peach-like fuzz.
  3. Velour: Short hairs ranging from 1 to 5mm in length.
  4. Brush Coat: Wiry or wavy hair, dense, measuring between 5-15mm.
  5. Straight Coat: Possessing a normal coat.


Known for intelligence and affection, the Peterbald forms strong bonds with its human companions, preferring proximity. Exhibiting an active, playful, curious, and friendly demeanour, these cats harmonize well with people, including children and other pets, making them an exceptional family addition.

Living With Peterbald

This breed has specific living requirements. Their lack of a full coat renders them more susceptible to temperature extremes. Unsuitable for cold environments, they also face a heightened risk of sunburn in bright, sunny climates. Ideally, a cozy indoor setting is recommended, with supervised outdoor time in an enclosed space such as a catio or cat play tent providing a safe and comfortable environment for a Peterbald.