Peterbald profile

The naked bundle of energy

The Russian Peterbald is an intelligent and athletic animal that not only learns tricks, but can also use its paws like hands. However, the pedigree cat did not gain fame because of its abilities, but because of its striking fur. This is (almost) completely absent in some individuals.

History and origin of the Peterbald

The Peterbald is a young Russian cat breed that owes its name to its hometown (Saint Petersburg) and its naked appearance (soon).

The Peterbald is a cat that was created in 1994 from the proposed crossbreeding of the Don Sphynx and the Oriental Shorthair. This combination is no longer allowed. In order to consolidate the characteristics of the Peterbald, Burmese and Siamese cats , among others, are used today.

The Russian pedigree cat has already been recognized by several associations. In addition to the SFF, the TICA and the World Cat Federation, the FiFe has also been one of them since 2007. However, this has so far not given a permanent, but only a preliminary confirmation.

essence and character

The Russian peterbald is a sociable animal that prefers to be in the company of a human or one of its own species. If she knows how to get in contact with other four- and two-legged friends, she gets along with people and animals (cats, dogs, etc.) alike. Since the Peterbald cat is very good-natured, the interaction between her and children can also harmonize.

Although the peaceful Peterbald loves to cuddle, she is full of curiosity and very active. A low-stimulus environment could therefore be too boring for her. Instead, she loves climbing opportunities and playing together or alone. Since the Peterbald is very intelligent , it can do clicker training and learn how to use intelligence toys.

Appearance of the Peterbald

The medium-sized Peterbald has an athletic, lean build and a long, thin cat’s tail.

In the naked Perterbald cats, the underlying skin folds are clearly visible.

Her head is reminiscent of a triangular shape. At the top sit the large ears, which are alertly directed forward and set apart obliquely. The expressive eyes are almond shaped. Their color can vary between green and blue depending on the fur.

But the main feature of the Peterbald is its coat. This is divided into different types :

  • Bald/Naked/Rubber: Hairless
  • Flock/Chamois: Almost naked
  • Velor: Light, velvety fur
  • Brush: Rough fur of varying degrees and structure
  • Straight: Normal hair

Although the Russian pedigree cat is a hairless cat , many individuals do have a bit of fur. However, the coat types are changeable up to the age of two! There are no restrictions regarding coat color and pattern. According to the breed standard, all colors are allowed.

attitude and care

Because the Peterbald does not have a thick coat to protect it from the elements, keeping it indoors is the safest form of housing.

Despite being housed in a house, the cat should be able to hide, climb and play, i.e. be able to move in a manner appropriate to its species.

The Peterbald doesn’t care how many and which members (children, dogs, cats, etc.) make up the household she lives in. However, she prefers living with an active, playful family and prefers not to be alone when possible. A second cat is therefore highly recommended for working cat owners.

The Russian hairless cat is basically a breed of cat that does not have any serious health problems. However, due to the nudity, she can increasingly have skin problems. However, this can be avoided with appropriate care (e.g. sun protection). In addition, the Peterbald is prone to progressive retinal atrophy , which is an inherited eye disease. However, reputable breeders use genetic tests to rule out that their protégés are affected.

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

The peculiarity that the Peterbald has little or no fur means that it is very sensitive to the weather: At temperatures below 18 degrees, it freezes and there is a risk of sunburn when it is exposed to the sun (this is especially true for light-skinned cats). With this in mind, the home is, of course, the safest place. Nevertheless, there is nothing to prevent the cats from going outside with appropriate protective measures (shade, cat coat, warm retreat). An escape-proof garden would be the ideal option. Peterbald cats with dark skin and relatively dense fur are best suited for outdoor use.

A secure balcony or a cozy window seat can be great alternatives for naked or light cats.

Another advantage of keeping your cat in an apartment is that the cat cannot get lost or be harmed. Because the Peterbalds are very curious, they sometimes run away from home and underestimate impending dangers.

How much work does the Peterbald need?

Peterbalds are lively cats with a high urge to move. A bare apartment is not enough for them. They need different scratching and climbing opportunities, such as a large cat tree, and love to play together.

Fummel boards are very popular with the Peterbald, as the agile cat can really grab with its paws. The intelligent house cat can also learn tricks.

So there are various ways in which the Peterbald can channel its play instinct in an appropriate and species-appropriate way – even within an apartment.

grooming and feeding

The coat and skin care of the Peterbald is divided into two care groups:

Cats without fur: Naked pederbalders should be wiped down daily with a damp cloth. A mild full-body bath is recommended every few months.

Cats with fur: Peterbalds with fur are very easy to care for. If you like, you can occasionally brush your cat to remove loose hair. Instead of a brush, you can also use a knobbed glove and massage your velvet paw at the same time.

In terms of food, the Peterbald is quite undemanding. However, their energy requirements are comparatively high (reason: increased level of activity and heat loss through their bare skin), which is why they need a larger amount of food than the average cat.

Acquisition of a Peterbald

The Peterbald is rarely seen in this country. Unfortunately, rare cats all have one expensive thing in common – the purchase price. This depends on the fur, the breeding line and the age of the animal and can vary between 700 and 1300 euros. Also be prepared for long waiting times.

You can tell whether the seller of your desired sets is a reputable breeder by the fact that he meets the following criteria:

  • Breeding takes place in regulated club work.
  • The kittens and their parents are healthy.
  • The cats are vaccinated.
  • The breeder tries to find out if the cat is really a good match for you.
  • The cats are at least twelve weeks old when they are handed over.

Attention: Beware of cheap prices on advertising portals! While they may sound tempting, online purchases often fail to meet the above requirements.

If a pure Peterbald is too expensive for you or you don’t want to wait that long for your house tiger, Sphynx or Oriental Shorthair mixes can be interesting alternatives. They often have a similar character to the Peterbald and sometimes look very similar.

Unfortunately, there are hardly any breeding animals that have become useless or Peterbalds from animal welfare, so that purchasing them from these sources is almost impossible.

Interesting and worth knowing

Interesting facts about the Peterbald – our top three:

  1. Naked Peterbald cats are heavily criticized. The reason: The fact that they have no fur means that they also lack whiskers (called vibrissae). Since these are among the tactile organs of cats, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture demands a breeding ban in accordance with Section 11b of the Animal Welfare Act.
  2. Since the Peterbald has little/no hair, she hardly sheds any fur either.
  3. Even the naked representatives of the breed do not conform to allergy sufferers.


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