Breed Introduction: Peter Bald
The Peter bald is a cat breed of Russian origin. It was created in St Petersburg in 1994 from an experimental breeding by Olga S. Mironova. They resemble Oriental Shorthairs with a hair-losing gene. The Peter bald is a relatively recent hairless cat breed from St. Petersburg, Russia. Peter bald cats are elegant, long and tubular with a long, whip-like tail. They do not have a pot belly like the Sphynx Cats. They have long legs, oval paws, large, bat-wing ears and a wedge-shaped muzzle. Personality-wise, the breed is affectionate, active and athletic. Peter bald cats are not hypoallergenic. About two-thirds of people who are allergic to cats react to allergens in the cat’s saliva, not just the dander. However, the lack of fur and the need to regularly bathe Peter bald cats may reduce the intensity of the allergic reaction in some people.
The breed originates from St Petersburg, Russia, when a brown mackerel tabby Don Sphynx called Afinguen Myth was bred with a tortoiseshell Oriental called Radma Vom Jagerhof in 1993. The offspring proved to be extremely popular in St Petersburg where these hairless cats quickly became known as the Peters balds. However, a new bloodline came about as more people began crossing Peterbalds with Don Sphynx, Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese. These great looking cats combine the bald gene of the Don Sphynx with the elegance that’s so typical of the Siamese and Oriental Shorthair, creating a distinctly unique looking feline. In 1996, the Peterbald as a breed was then accepted by the Russian Selectional Feline Federation (SFF) being given the abbreviation of PBD. By 1997, the breed was accepted in the International Cat Association (TICA) and given an abbreviation of PD.
Peterbalds are extremely elegant cats with a slim, graceful yet muscular build. The breed boasts long, narrow heads with a straight profile and appealing almond-shaped eyes. Their muzzles are wedge-shaped and their ears are large and bat-like. Their tails are like whips and they have webbed feet. When it comes to the shape of their paws, these are oval which allows Peterbalds to grasp items and objects; they are very adept at opening doors with levered handles. Males of the breed weigh in at anything from 8 to 10 lbs, with the females being slightly lighter only weighing between 6 to 8 lbs.
The breed boast five sorts of coats, the Ultra bald cats are born bald and remain bald throughout their lives. The Flock or Chamois coated cats are 90% hairless although they may have some down on their extremities and their whiskers and eyebrows are curled, kinked and sometimes even broken. The Velour Coated cat boasts around 70% of their bodies having a coat that can reach up to 1 mm long but from a distance the cats look hairless. This is because the skin shows through it. The coat may change to a more Flock/Chamois texture with age. Brush coated Peterbalds have more wiry hair that is sometimes a tiny bit wavy or it could even be positively curly measuring up to 5mm in length. Kittens with light brush coats may go bald by the age of two.
Peterbalds boast having very sweet natures and are known to be affectionate, quiet yet very inquisitive characters. They are highly intelligent creatures that bond well with their owners. They are also very energetic and need to be kept busy. Peterbalds love the sound of their own voices and like to let owners know when they are happy when they purr extremely loudly. They also love to follow owners around just so they can be near them. The breed is very social and usually gets on well with other cats and pets. They are also very good around children.
Peterbalds are not recognized by all cat registries and due to the fact the breed is such a new one, there has been some concern over genetically inherited diseases, such as feline ectodermal dysplasia. This causes dental health issues and a compromised ability for the breed to lactate, but time will only tell if Peterbalds are more predisposed to certain inherited diseases.