Hairless cats aren’t for everyone, but for those cat lovers who like cats with little to no hair, there are six breeds you may want to check out.
Hairless cats vary; some hairless cats will have more or less hair than others. Even within the same breed, you may find some hairless cats with peach fuzz, whereas others may have small to large patches of fur.
The Bambino cat breed was created by crossing the Sphynx and Munchkin cat breeds. Bambino cats have the short legs of the Munchkin and the hairlessness of the Sphynx. The skin is either white or pink, and the breed has huge, upright ears.
The Bambino cat breed has been bred for extreme characteristics and would not be able to fend for itself in the wild. A Bambino cat will have short legs and small size make it harder for the cat to hunt prey and defend itself against other cats or animals. And, without fur, the breed is vulnerable to cold weather and strong sunshine.
The Bambino cat breed was first registered in 2005.
The Donksoy cat breed originated in Russia. In 1987, Elena Kovaleva discovered a hairless cat in Rostov-on-Don and began breeding for the hairless trait. The Donskoy breed is not related to the Sphynx breed.
A Donksoy cat will be of a medium size with large ears, almond-shaped eyes and long, webbed toes. The hairless gene is a dominant gene in the Donksoy cat breed, but this gene is thought to cause feline ectodermal dysplasia, which could cause problems including poor dentition and lactation problems.
The Donskoy breed was first recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF) in 1997, and by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005.
The Lykoi cat breed was developed from a natural mutation in the domestic shorthair cat, causing the cat to look a little like a werewolf. The Lykoi cat breed is not related to the Sphynx cat breed.
A Lykoi cat is mostly covered with hair, having a coat that resembles an opossum. During different seasons, a Lykoi cat will be more or less hairless. The breed standards call for a solid black coat with a wedge-shaped head, rounded-oval eyes and large pointed ears. Lykoi cats are friendly, motivated and highly affectionate toward their owner.
The Lykoi cat breed was passed to be “Registration Only” by The International Cat Association in 2012.
The Peterbald cat breed originated in St. Petersburg, Russia by crossing a Donskoy male cat with an Oriental Shorthair female cat.
A Peterbald cat will have a long muzzle, large ears, almond-shaped eyes and long legs. Peterbald cats should have an elegant, slim, yet muscular build with a long, narrow head. Peterbald cats have a hair-losing gene that causes them to be born bald, flocked, velour, brush or with a straight coat. Peterbald kittens born with hair will lose their hair over time (except the straight coat).
Peterbald cats are sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, curious, smart and energetic. They are fairly vocal and tend to always want to be with their owners.
In 1996, the Peterbald cat was given a breed standard and was adopted in the Russian Selectional Feline Federation. In 1997, the breed was adopted in The International Cat Association, and in 2003, the World Cat Federation began recognizing the breed.
The Sphynx cat breed is probably one of the more popular and well-known hairless cat breeds. It is often called the Canadaian Sphynx. In 1966, a hairless kitten (Prune) was born to a black and white domestic shorthair cat in Ontario, Canada. The kitten was later bred to his mother, producing another hairless kitten.
With a small gene pool and many troubled litters, creating the Sphynx breed was troublesome. But, in 1978 and 1980, two more hairless female kittens were found in Toronto and were sent to the Netherlands to be bred with Prune’s last surviving male descendent. It took many more dead kittens and cats before the Devon Rex was breed into the gene pool. No modern Sphynx cats are related to Prune, but are more of the Devon Rex cat breed.
A sphynx cat will have a wedge-shaped head, large eyes and very large ears. Sphynx cats are muscular with a medium-sized body. The tail is thin and very whip-like. Sphynx cats have an extroverted personality. They are prone to a high level of energy, curiosity and affection for their owners. These cats are very trainable and intelligent, but if not kept occupied can become a troublemaker.
Sphynx kittens are prone to respiratory infections, which is why many breeders will not let their kittens leave until they are at least 12 weeks old. The Sphynx cat breed is also prone to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and heart disease. Muscular dystrophy, similar to what is seen in the Devon Rex cat breed is rare, but has been see in Sphynx cats.
The International Cat Association has recognized the Sphynx breed since the 1980s, and in 2002 were granted acceptance in the Cat Fancier Association.
Ukrainian Levkoy Cat
The Ukrainian Levkoy cat breed was originally created by Elena Biriukova in Ukraine. She crossed Donskoy females with Scottish Fold males. Oriental and Domestic cats were also used to obtain the unique characteristics of the Ukrainian Levkoy.
A Ukrainian Levkoy cat will have large ears that are about 1/2 to 1/3 folded down with curly whiskers. Ukrainian Levkoy cat breed is known for being friendly, playful and intelligent; they can be socialable, enjoying both people and other pets.
The Ukrainian Levkoy cat breed was recognized in 2005 in the Ukraine by the International Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. Rolandus Union International, and then by Russia in 2010.