Peterbald Cats Breed Traits, Personality & Temperament

Peterbalds are an uncommon, yet highly sought after breed. What is so unusual about this particular type of cat is that the hairless and nearly hairless gene is not always transferred to offspring. It is said that for 1 in 4 Peterbald kittens born will have a hairless look.

Because of the diversity in their coat which ranges from totally bald to a full coat, many people are drawn to the complexity of the breed, and many people naturally seek out answers to the countless questions surrounding this mysterious animal.


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Peterbalds are a relatively new breed. In the Russian of Rostov on Don, a hairless cat was first discovered in 1988. The Russians named the breed a Don Sphynx and began sending the felines across Europe to various breeders. As a result, it was found that some kittens born were totally hairless while others had a full coat.

It was decided that the hairlessness was a genetic mutation. It was later discovered that some (although not all) kittens born with a full coat were sometimes losing their hair as they got older. The ultimate combination of breeding between a Don Sphynx and an oriental shorthair ultimately led to the template for what is now called the Peterbald breed.

There are currently genetic studies being conducted which may lead to more understanding about the variations in the coat. In the meantime, cat breeders and admirers alike can rest assured that this mysterious cat is among the unique and sought-after animals in the world.

The year 2005 marks the time when The International Cat Association accepted the Peterbald breed into championship competitions. Further research will go a long way in understanding more about this fantastic feline.

Size and Appearance

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The appearance of Peterbald cats appears to combine both elegance and athleticism. The breed is classified as a medium build and should have a tubular shape to their body.

Their ears are oversized and should stick straight up from their head with a triangular face and large, oversized, captivating eyes. It’s important to understand the variations in the coat. The coat can appear as the following:

  • Totally hairless or almost hairless
  • Extremely short hair that is often compared to peach fuzz
  • Varying lengths of coat that are exceptionally soft or fine
  • Different lengths of coat that is wiry or kinky
  • Regular cat coat

If the Peterbald appears to have a regular coat, it can still be bred as a Peterbald because it carries the hairless gene despite the fact that it has fur. However, it cannot compete in competitions. You should also be aware that the coat may change over time.



It is important to consider the complexity of cat allergies before welcoming a cat into your home. While Peterbald cats are sometimes bald or nearly bald, this does not necessarily mean that you will not have an allergic reaction. Allergies from cats can originate with the saliva, coat, or dander. It is best to spend a significant time around any particular breed before choosing one for your home.



Based on the cross breeding between the oriental shorthair and the Don Sphynx, you should expect a Peterbald cat to live between 12-15 years. Because the breed is relatively new, there is not much reported in terms of ongoing health concerns. It is simply important to follow the grooming guidelines to prolong the health and safety of your cat.


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Much of the grooming will be based on the type of coat of your Peterbald. A hairless or nearly hairless feline will not require regular brushing. You should bathe your cat once per month as bald felines can be more oily than other breeds.

Be careful not to wash too often as it could dry out their skin. You can use cat wipes to clean their skin in between bathing. In the case of hairless cats, sometimes they do not have eyelashes so particular care should be given to the eyes. Without the protection of lashes, debris is more likely to enter the eye.

It is important to take care to wipe the cat’s eyes on a regular basis. Likewise, the same care should be given to their ears as some Peterbalds do not have fur to protect their ears and should be cleaned periodically.

Keep in mind that hairless cats are more sensitive to the weather. This may mean that your feline will need an extra layer in the winter and sunscreen in the summer. Be mindful of the fact that bald cats generally burn more calories than other breeds, and their diet should reflect their nutritional requirements.

Personality and Temperament


Peterbalds are known for their almost dog-like personality. They enjoy the company of humans, dogs, and cats alike. However, it is important to note that they are by far more social than typical house cats. They are likely to welcome guests into the home and follow you around throughout the day.

They are a naturally curious and adventurous breed and do well with small children. They have big personalities and can be very vocal. Friendly and fun, the Peterbald breed is an excellent choice for a person looking for a cat that enjoys company and attention.

Fun  Facts


If you are considering a Peterbald cat for your home, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Medium-size cat usually ranging from 7-14 pounds
  • Very social animals and enjoy interactions with their people
  • Kid-friendly
  • Very talkative and loud
  • Incredibly patient
  • Does not like being left along for a long period of time
  • Enjoys being challenged and usually likes “brain teaser” toys
  • Should be kept indoors
  • Does better with a seasoned cat owner
  • Should eat up to eat 4-5 times per day

10 thoughts on “Peterbald Cats Breed Traits, Personality & Temperament

  1. AvatarGeorgia

    I have a black girl Peter bald sphynx and I’m wondering if a black girl Peter bald is rare her breeder said that they were but I can’t find anything about it. My cats name is opal I love her so much. There’s something strange about her tail there are things on it that you can pop almost like black heads and they are starting to concern me and I know there not because of old age because she’s 1. I’ve been doing my best to keep her clean and happy. I got her a new food and it made her skin softer but her tail didn’t get better from it any suggestions on what I should do about her tail and if black girls are rare thank you

    1. All About CatsAll About Cats Post author

      Hi Georgia,

      Black Peter Bald Sphynx are quite rare so looks like you have a very unique friend for life.

      I would recommend have consulting with your local vet about Opal’s tail just to be on the safe side.


      1. AvatarGeorgia

        Thank you I’ll try to ask a different vet then last time because last time the vet knew nothing about sphynx cats

  2. AvatarAaron

    Hello my name is Aaron I have a Saint Petersburg bald she’s a white female flock with one blue and one green eye I was wondering she’s about 9 years old. The most important person to me how much longer do you think she has life wise. Thank you for your time

  3. AvatarGeorgia

    Hi it’s me again opal threw up and I can’t find if that’s a bad thing and I’m scared that there’s something wrong once she ate my sisters dog food and threw up and once she ate my sisters dogs poop and she threw up but she hasn’t eaten any of the dogs poop or food and I’m worried for her because she’s the one thing I have and I love her so much she’s what’s keeping me happy and alive if anything ever happened to her I don’t know what I would do besides get more depressed then I already am please tell me what to do I’m crying just from writing that

    1. All About CatsAll About Cats Post author

      Hi Georgia,

      I’m so sorry to hear that Opal threw up. The best thing to do would be to contact your vet as he can provide personalized suggestions relevant to your cat’s unique situation.

      1. AvatarGeorgia

        I live on Nantucket Island where there’s only 2 sphynx cats and they don’t know anything about them and there’s only one vet for the whole island and I can’t just like call them or anything and sorry I havnt been on here in a while

      2. AvatarGeorgia

        I live on Nantucket Island where there’s only 2 sphynx cats and they don’t know anything about them and there’s only one vet for the whole island and I can’t just like call them or anything and sorry I havnt been on here in a while and I’m just really scared for her bc I love her so much

  4. AvatarGeorgia

    Opals also been having diarrhea that seems to big for her but she’s the only animal why can get into my room because I have a gate but there’s a gap that’s just big enough for her and my fat Chihuahua Because he’s to fat she hasn’t thrown up anymore luckily

  5. AvatarAlla

    Dear Georgia,
    1. Your Peterbald needs a good experienced vet for health maintenance. They do tend to have sensitive stomachs and some of them have IBD and will need medications for long time. They also can have kidney problems. They should not eat dog food, in fact your vet may put this cat on special diet.
    2. Bold and near bold skin types can have black heads on tail and on the face ( lower jaw more common) they need to be expressed like regular black heads(acne) periodically as they are just congested oil skin galnds. Cat would not like that procedure though! 🙂


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