Peterbald Cat (Complete Guide)

A brown peterbald wearing an oversized red bow

Peterbald cat is a loyal and lovely companion for feline lovers. Peterbald is also famous for its dog-like appearance, which makes this cat unique. These cats of Russian breed are extraordinarily affectionate towards pet parents.

General Features of Peterbald Breed:


Bald, chamois or flocky, velour like appearance, straight or brush.

Average Length:

Medium-large size breed

Average Weight:

8-15 lbs

Coat/Skin colour:

Almost all colours and body patterns.

Eye colour:

Miscellaneous or vary

Life span:

11 to 14 years

Grey peterbald cat eating or drinking from a yellow bowl looking to the side

Behavioural features of Peterbald Cat:

Level of affection or love towards pet parents:


Friendly behaviour level:


Friendliness level Towards Kids:


Other Pet friendliness level:


Exercise requirements:

Medium to low


Medium to High

Energy level:

Medium to High

Training capability:

Very High

Intelligence level:

Medium to High

Vocalization Tendency:

Medium to High


Very low because they are bald

Peterbald kitten looking straight towards the camera

History of the Peterbald Cat:

As a new breed of cat, the history of the Peterbald cat is somewhat limited. The breed was first developed in the late 1994’s when a Russian breeder named Olga S. Mironova crossed the Oriental Short Higher Cat with the Don Sphinx cat.

The cat results in that crossing known as Peterbald, which gains popularity in the whole world within a few years. It is today recognized by the Cat Associations and WHO globally. However, Peterbald is an exceptionally rare purebred.

The Peterbald breed was recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1997-1998 and was announced as a championship-status in 2004-2005. TICA Association accepted a variety of breed’s brush coats for the championship status in May 2009. One of the first brush-coat Peterbald cats to win championship status was named the Blue Belle.

The medium to large-sized Peterbald retains some of its parent breeds’ characteristics, i.e., Don Sphynx, including a different amount of hair, dexterous paws, especially of forelegs, and wrinkled skin.

This beautiful breed took on the shape of the oblong head and long body type from the other parent, i.e., the Oriental Short Hair. A unique feature of Peterbald is that they have long foreleg toes with webbing, which allows them to grab and interact with toys and other objects. They are usually friendlier, more social than ordinary Oriental or Siamese cats.

From a soft, fuzzy velvet coat to a completely “naked,” hairy cat, Peterbald cats possess variation in their hair type. These cats have a “complete-bald” type that does not even have whiskers or eyebrows (and their skin often feels somewhat sticky and slimy to the touch).

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Varieties of Peterbald Cat:

Although its name may make you think that Peterbald is always bald and beautiful, there are five variations of its coat colour.

Breeding Peterbald owners may also be interested to know that one of these cats’ coats may not represent their permanent fur/coats at birth – their coats may change significantly in the first two years of life, and their texture of the hair can also be altered.


Without hair, whiskers, or eyebrows and slightly slimy when touched
Velour: slight coat (up to 1 mm in length) with 70% hairless fur
Flock/Chamois: 90% hairless, without sticky and slimy touch, and feeling like leather.


A short coat with unique whiskers (this type of skin indicates that there is no hair loss gene is present).


Unique to the breed, something that feels like it curly hair up to 5 mm long
With or without hair, Peterbald can appear in any colour with any possible markings.

Physical Distinction:

Peterbald has slender and muscular builds that are often compared to Oriental Short Higher Cats. Cat fancy breeders describe this breed’s appearance as “graceful.” The breed has a long tail and a narrow head with large ears, often described as “bat-wings.”

Despite their baldness, the Peterbalds are not hypo allergic cat breeds. Anyone allergic to cats may have an allergic reaction to Peterbald triggered by different proteins present in the cat’s saliva, coat, or dander.

Interesting fact: Peter Bald possesses webbed and oval-shaped claws. This feature gives these cats the ability to perceive objects and even opens doors by picking doorknobs.

Peterbald Care/Management:

The Peterbald cat is usually considered to be a low-caring cat breed. Because they come in any colour or style, their hair type will ultimately determine the level of care they need.

Peterbald owners probably won’t have to worry about excessive shedding, although even hairless breeds will require a weekly bath or wipe-down. Careful bathing is necessary so that the oil does not settle, which causes skin irritation.

These cats will remain indoors. Not surprisingly, but because their lack of hair makes them prone to low temperature, they become cool quickly.

Peterbald cats are extraordinarily outgoing and energetic companion. They are a smart, independent, and elegant breed that will form well-built bonds with their family members, including other cats (and even dogs). These passionate cats are considered “dog-like” because they love and want to be involved in the zoo’s daily activities and the house. They are brilliant and can learn tricks like dogs.

They also use their voices to communicate with their pet parents. Use a little These dynamic and highly athletic cats love nothing more than to spend their time playing with their human owners, and they are always ready to take part in games or puzzle toys.

Because Peterbald is very active, dynamic, energetic, and playful and wants to interact with the whole family, they make excellent family pets, even for babies. However, playtime with children (or companion pets) should always be monitored, as a lack of cat fur means they are particularly vulnerable to injury.

General health problems:

Because many Peterbald cats are bald with little or no hair, sunburn, sensitivity to cold and hot weather and other skin conditions are significant concerns.

Their delicate and soft skin can also be easily injured, such as playing with a cat’s companion or living with children. Otherwise, these cats are surprisingly associated with a few health issues if they are correctly cared for.

Health Issues:

Cat sweaters and cat blankets provide the necessary warmth to Peterbald in severely cold weather. Also, Peterbalds need regular grooming. Limited exposure to direct sunlight is recommended as the natural sunlight can burn in the sun.

Feline Ectodermal Dysplasia is the disease prevalent in Peterbald, which causes flawed/bad dentations (such as malformed or damaged teeth), poor lactation, etc. This disease is also suspected to be linked to a dominant gene mutation that causes hairlessness in Peterbald cats.

Diet and nutrition:

Like all breeds, Peterbald cats can suffer from weight-related issues such as obesity or heart disease, so they should be given a high-protein, high-quality diet and plenty of exercise in the form of playtime with their families.

The good news is that, despite their lack of fur, these cats generally have a much faster metabolism than other cats with full coats, which means they have a healthy appetite. When it comes to wounds or scratches, their high metabolism also helps heal faster with cuts, injuries, or scratches.

Pros and Cons of the breed:

  • social
  • Lovely
  • Friendly
  • Extremely sensitive to hot/cold
  • Susceptible to Injury
  • Weekly bath/wiping is required

Grooming of Peterbald:

Although caring for Peterbald in case of touch is more important as they lack hair, Peterbald’s lack of hair does not need to be combed or brushed. What a pet parent must need is to control the temperature. Peterbalds are prone to cold, and they get cold very quickly, so they need to be kept indoors, where they can be kept comfortable, warm, and cosy.

What its look like to live with Peterbald:

If you are looking for a lovely cat that will stay with you in every thick and thin, then you can’t find a better option than Peterbald cat. These cats are often compared to canines in terms of their loyalty level. Peterbalds are surprisingly loving, friendly, and affectionate.

Get along with other cats and pets:

Peterbalds have a very outgoing, passionate, and confident temperament, so they can easily mix with other animals (including cats and dogs), children, and strangers with the least amount of fuss. It’s utterly cool to them to play with the host or whatever is on your doorstep.

Playing with Peterbald Cat:

Peterbalds are also very athletic, dynamic, and adventurous. They like to spend hours awake with you playing or doing some playful activity. These cats always ready to show off their abilities through puzzle toys and games.

How much does a Peterbald cat cost?

Peterbald cats cost between 1500-2500 USD.

How big do Peterbald cats get?

Peterbald cats are medium-large sized. A fully grown Peterbald cat can weigh between 8-12 pounds or more and grow to 9 to 11 inches tall.

Where to buy or adopt a Peterbald cat?

Peterbald cats are still rarely found, so check out local animal shelters and rescue groups for cats that bred cats in their rescue homes. Also, hairless cats have a higher price, and they are often not readily available.


Rochelle is a self-claimed crazy cat lady and proud cat mum to Owlie! She has owned, rescued, and fostered cats throughout her whole life. Rochelle created Cats On My Mind as a hub for likeminded cat parents to get all the information they will ever need to give their fur babies their best life!

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