Mini animals are cute? but what if they’re not fluffy? Would you love your feline if it was bald?
The Sphinx cat gets a bit of press but this little pussy is different. The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed of Russian origin. This breed started in 1987 with the discovery of a hairless cat in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don by cat breeder Elena Kovaleva.
It’s not related to the Sphynx (also known as the Canadian hairless) whose characteristic hairlessness is caused by a recessive gene, whereas the Donskoy hairlessness is caused by a dominant gene.
The Donskoy was first officially recognized by World Cat Federation (WCF) in 1997, The standard of points describes the cat as being medium sized and muscular, with large ears, almond shaped eyes and distinctive long, webbed toes. Like people from Guernsey. They require frequent grooming, in spite of their lack of coat. Over-bathing can cause the skin to become very oily. Nothing worse than an oily cat.
The ‘Peterbald’ breed was originally created by crossing Donskoy with Siamese and Oriental cats to create a hairless cat of Oriental type. Matings between Donskoy and Peterbald are no longer permitted. Peter will be bald no more, like Wayne Rooney/