Alright, there are roughly between 43 and 58 cat breeds, depending on who you ask, and for most people when we think of cats, we think about this adorable, cute little furry things, with these huge eyes, begging us to hug them, and think they a the center of the universe, at the same time, they just want us to leave them alone,
But cats are just so much more than that! Cats are mischievous, sneaky, fast and stealthy, and oh.. they are also hairless.
Take a look at these great hairless cats below, and let us know if you think they still posses the highest cuteness factor, despite not having any hair…
Love cuddling with furry felines but curious about their naked counterparts? Prepare to have your appetite sated with this crash course on hairless cat breeds. A word of warning: by the end of this article you’re definitely going to want to add one of these hairless cat breeds to your feline family!
Have you met the Munchkin? What about the Sphynx? Well … say hello to the Bambino — a too-cute-to-handle cross between the two with lemon-like eyes set upon a wedge-shaped head. A relatively new breed (created in 2005!), the Bambino is classified as a dwarf, and has the short, well-muscled legs to prove it. Do they slow him down in any way? Not a bit! He takes corners like a race car and has the activity and energy levels of his Italian namesake: a baby, small child or toddler!
Though part of the small cat committee (Bambinos weigh, on average, between 4.9 and 8.8 pounds), this baby is big on character, compassion and cuddles, and will quickly capture your heart!
Fun fact: As with all hairless cat breeds, Bambinos are not hypoallergenic. They produce the same allergy-causing Fel d 1 as furred felines.
If a man of mystery holds the key to your heart then you’ll adore the Donskoy — a hairless heartthrob with a quartet of aliases: Don Sphynx, Russian Hairless, Russian Donskoy and Don Hairless! The first Donskoy was discovered in 1987 by Elena Kovaleva in Russia.
Elena rescued the kitten from boys who were being mean to her. As time passed, the kitten, named Varvara, lost her hair … and when she gave birth to a litter of kittens they lost their hair as well! First believed to be an illness or disease, a professional breeder finally stepped in and realized that a new breed was born: the Donskoy!
Known for their dog-like loyalty, the Donskoy doesn’t require loads of attention and interaction — he demands it! Intelligent and friendly, the Donskoy is highly inquisitive, making him an easy feline to train.
Fun fact: Donskoys grow a winter coat (most frequently seen on their chest and tail) during the chilly months, then shed it again when the temps rise!
You know the Donskoy you met above? Well, the Peterbald has ties to that dashing fellow! How so? The Peterbald is a cross between the Donskoy and the Oriental Shorthair — giving him the sophisticated look of a Siamese in hairless form! Affection runs high when it comes to the Peterbald — he will curl up under the covers with you come bedtime and sit by your side during all meals.
As with Orientals, Peterbalds are highly vocal and love to converse with their humans — they’ll also see you off in the morning and greet you at the front door when you return in the evening. How’s that for devotion?
Fun fact: Peterbalds, like all hairless cat breeds, have a higher metabolism than cats with full coats, making more food an essential. Even more intriguing? That fast metabolism makes scratches and wounds on their skin heal faster!
5. Ukrainian Levkoy
What to Know About Hairless Cat Breeds
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This piece was originally published in 2018.
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