In addition to being sought after for their unique appearance, black hairless cats are perfect companions for those who suffer from a moderate allergy to cat hair. The reactions to these breeds are both positive and negative; if some find them fascinating and endearing, others rather feel revulsion in the face of the physique of these cats.
However, the Sphynx, the Donskoy, and the Peterbald have many qualities and are gaining more and more followers, for reasons that go well beyond appearances. Here is the essential to know about these extraordinary cats.
The Sphynx: one of the most popular black hairless cats
This is undoubtedly the best-known representative of naked cats. This tomcat with its angular face and large triangular ears does not leave anyone indifferent. Contrary to popular belief, his skin is not hairless but has a fine down, and can sweat and even tan like ours!
The Sphynx also has characteristic skin folds on the face, neck, belly, and armpits, and large yellow to golden-colored eyes. The result of a natural genetic mutation that deprives it of fur, the breed as we know it today was fixed by a Dutch breeder in the 1970s.
Ten years later, after hard work to regularize the presence of the gene in question, these cats were presented at a cat show in Paris, where they were a resounding success. From now on, these black hairless cats are renowned for their “cat-dog” temperament which makes them a little shy, gentle and mischievous companions. Its life expectancy is 14 to 20 years and, contrary to what one might think, the Sphynx is not a fragile cat. It just needs to be washed often enough to regulate excess oil.
The Donskoy: The Rare Russian Black Hairless Cats
One of the black hairless cats is Donskoy. Just like the Sphynx, the Donskoy is a perfect indoor and companion cat. Playful and very sociable, he also demands a lot of attention from his masters. This is a recent breed, discovered in the late 1980s in the Soviet Union. Despite the efforts of passionate breeders and owners to have the Donskoy recognized, the breed is not yet official and remains rare in France. This cat enjoys good health and is easy to care for, it only requires a bath every two to three weeks.
The rare Russian cat Donskoy, which is in the hairless cat class, is a muscular cat that has wrinkles all over its body and has an unusual appearance with its hairless fur structure. Its eyes are almond shaped, its ears are large, its slender feet and long webbed fingers distinguish it from many other cats.
The head of the Donskoy cat is wedge-shaped in harmony with well-developed cheekbones and eyebrows. The forehead is straight, there are small vertical slits between the ears. The nose is of medium length and there is a distinct straight line towards the forehead. The face is slightly rounded and of medium length.
The Donskoy cat has large, erect ears on its wedge-shaped, medium-length head. Ears slightly slanted forward, broad at the base, slightly oval towards the tips. There is an ear-width space between the ears.
The Donskoy cat has a pair of medium-sized, slightly sloping almond-shaped eyes. Eye colors are mostly blue, green, yellow, and monochromatic.
The legs of the Donskoy cat are medium in length and muscular. Their paws are slightly rounded and their fingers are long. It has a long and straight tail. The tail, which starts thick at the base, tapers towards the tips and ends in an oval shape.
The Donskoy cat may be completely hairless or covered with a light layer of lice. Hairless areas; prominent skin wrinkles appear on the skin, neck, upper part of the head, legs, and abdomen. His mustache is sparse. There are very short hairs on the tail, paws, face, and legs, but these also disappear over time. They can be seen in all colors and patterns. Body color is mostly black, brown, white, orange, cream and smoke.
It is also possible to wash it with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water and a little shampoo. It can sometimes be chilly, moreover, in winter, it happens that its down thickens and a slight molt takes place in spring. Its life expectancy is 12 to 15 years and it gets along wonderfully with other animals and children.
The Donskoy cat does not need any special feeding. Like all other cat breeds, it is carnivorous and needs high-quality food. In order to lead a healthy life, it is recommended to be fed with dry and wet foods rich in animal-based protein. It would also be appropriate to benefit from additional omega-3 fatty acids in order to avoid skin diseases due to being hairless.
These black hairless cats originate from Russia, where it was created very recently in St. Petersburg. The result of a cross between a Donskoy male and an Oriental breed female, the first litter was born in 1994 and inherited the typical Oriental physique: triangular head, large ears, and blue or green almond-shaped eyes. There is a naked Peterbald variety and another called "brush" with short, curly, and thick hair.
On his small head compared to his body, the ears are immediately obvious. The Peterbald's ears are broad-based and pointed. It is also noticeably larger than most other cats' ears. The ears are erect and open. This gives the Peterbald the impression of an alert cat. The eyes of the Peterbald cat are medium in size and resemble almond shaped. It can be seen in all eye colors. Eye colors are always the opposite of feather color.
A lot can be said about the legs of the Peterbald cat. Her long and graceful body is complemented by her medium-length, bony legs. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs. Paws are medium-sized and oval. Fingers are prominent. The Peterbald cat can be completely hairless or lightly hairy. However, it cannot be said that it has a very long feather structure. The short, bushy hairs that make up its fur are always solid in color. Their fur can have a wide variety of colors. This makes Peterbald one of the most notable black hairless cats.
The Peterbald cat does not need a special food and feeding program apart from other cat breeds. It would be right to feed the Peterbald cat, which is carnivorous like many other breeds, with high-quality protein. Since it is an agile and playful cat, it loses energy during the day. In order to replace this lost energy, it is necessary to consume animal-based protein foods both in order to maintain its form and to lead a healthy life.