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The Peterbald is a medium sized Oriental breed of domestic cat. Peterbalds have long, slender, muscular and elegant bodies with long and fine tails and legs. Their paws are small and oval with long toes. Adult males weigh 8-10 pounds while females 6-8 pounds. Peterbalds have wedged shaped heads with large, pointed ears and almond shaped, slanted eyes; the latter come in various colors, usually corresponding to the skin or coat color. The most prominent feature of Peterbalds is their coat. Many can be totally hairless (more hairless than the Sphynx), which is the ideal for the breed standard, while others can have unusual coat textures such as brush, flocked and velour.
Peterbalds come in all color varieties and patterns.
Peterbalds are extremely affectionate and loyal to their owners; almost as loyal as dogs. They require constant attention and, although they are not very vocal, they will constantly follow their owners around until they take notice of them. They are intelligent, active animals that are full of energy and love to play. They are easy going and get along with other pets as well as children.
Peterbalds are suitable for almost anyone that can afford to spend some quality time with them. They would best fit families, but also individuals with a schedule that allows them to spend a lot of time at home with their cats. Even though most Peterbalds are hairless, they are not considered hypoallergenic, so they would probably not suit people allergic to cat hair.
Peterbalds have a high metabolism and require more food than coated cats. Like Sphynx cats, they require frequent bathing, to remove the body oils they secrete. They are sensitive to cold and should be kept extra warm during the winter months. It is also advisable to use a sunblock on them when they are outdoors, during the summer, as they could get sunburned. Peterbalds have no hereditary, breeding related health problems.
The breed originated in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994. It was the outcome of the breeding of a Don Hairless with a domestic shorthair. The first two litters produced by the aforementioned mating where the founders of the Peterbald breed. The Peterbald was accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1997.