Peterbald Breed Description
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The Peterbald breed was founded in the end of 1994 as a result of experimental mating of Don Sphynx male called Afinogen Myth and Oriental female Radma von Jagerhov. The breed was created by a well known Russian felinologist Olga S. Mironova. First two litters gave four peterbald kittens: Mandarin iz Murino, Muscat iz Murino, Nezhenka iz Murino and Nocturne iz Murino.
The Peterbald is the newest hairless breed. They are descended from the Russian Don Hairless breed with outcrosses to Oriental and Siamese cats. They are unrelated to the Sphynx, as the gene that causes the hairlessness is different. The Peterbald is a graceful, muscular, foreign-bodied cat with long legs and fine to medium boning.
They have a long, whippy tail, oval feet, wedge-shaped heads and delicate, warm, elastic, “chamois-like” skin. They are found in a wide range of colors and patterns, including colorpoint. Eye color generally conforms to coat (skin) color. They are lively, intelligent companions.
Cats younger than two years of age may have a soft, wavy coat along any or all of the body. True baldness begins from the head, neck and upper part of the back. If any coat remains it is short, soft, and wavy on the extremities – the muzzle, base of ears, forelegs, feet, or along some or all of the tail.
These days the breed develops in the direction of modern Oriental type, that is long muzzle, set apart ears, flat cheek bones, elegant body on long legs. This is why all standards for this breed encourages mating with Oriental and Siamese cats and semi-longhair variations of those (called balinese and javanese).