Peterbald Breed Profile – History, Appearance & Temperament

At a glance   History   Appearance   Temperament

Peterbald cat

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At a glance:

  • Origins: St Petersburg, Russia, 1994
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, yellow, blue
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Intelligent, playful, loyal
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Grooming: Easy


Peterbald cat
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Also known as the St Petersburg Hairless, the Peterbald is another man-made breed. Originating from St Petersburg, Russia in 1994, the breed was created by crossing a Don Sphynx (also known as Donskoy) male to an Oriental female.

The first two litters produced two bald Peterbald kittens which were to become the foundation stock for the breed.

Unlike the Sphynx cat, who need two copies of the gene to be hairless, the gene responsible for hairlessness in the Peterbald is dominant. Therefore only one parent needs to carry the gene to pass it on to the offspring. Allowable outcrosses are the Siamese and the Oriental.

TICA accepted the Peterbald for registration in 1997.


Peterbald cat

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The Peterbald is a long, lithe and elegant cat reflecting its Oriental heritage. They have fine boning but are still a muscular cat.   Legs are long and fine-boned, with small, oval paws. The tail is long, tapering and whip-like.

The head is wedge-shaped with large, wide-set ears, eyes are almond-shaped and medium in size, the neck is long and slender.

The Peterbald comes in several coat types and in all colours and patterns.

  • Bald – Completely hairless.
  • Flock – Down like peach-like fuzz.
  • Velour – Shorthairs between 1 – 5mm in length.
  • Brush coat – Hair is wiry or wavy in appearance and dense, it is between 5-15mm long.
  • Straight coat – These cats have a normal coat.


Peterbald cat

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The Peterbald is an intelligent and affectionate breed of cat. They bond closely with their human companions and like to be close by.

Peterbalds are active, playful, inquisitive, and sociable. They get along with people, including children and other pets, and make an exceptional family pet. They are quite a vocal breed of cat.