The Peterbald breed was established in 1993 by a Russian cat breeder, Olga Mironova from St Petersburg (where its name derived from). She crossed an oriental female with a donskoy male, and from this union was born a new Peterbald cat breed. These cats also have an elegant look to them, their bodies, legs and tails are elongated although sturdy looking, and usually are slender. What differentiates them from their sister breed, Levkoy, are their ears, head and certainly their personality. The ears of Peterbalds are quite large in size and pointed. Their heads are shaped like inverted triangles, giving the faces an elongated look, with a flat forehead and high cheekbones. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns. They also come in different coatings, varying from bald, flock, velour, and coated (hairy—sometimes by 2 years of age the fur sheds off greatly). The breed is accepted in TICA.
As for personality, these cats are the ideal companions. They are extremely friendly and get along with everyone, cats, dogs, children, anyone. As with some young children, the playing can get quite rough, the Peterbald will just walk away instead of getting violent and resorting to their claws. Peterbalds are very playful, and resemble a lap dog in their personality. They never leave your side; they will sleep with you in your bed because they love to be cuddled, and most definitely will let you know vocally when you are not giving them attention. The only “downside” is that they can get quite vocal and demand attention when it isn’t given. They are absolutely not a cat that should be held in solitude. Every Peterbald is kind, gentle, affectionate, loyal, and admires their owner, also being friendly and playful with anyone they meet. You should definitely try playing fetch with your Peterbald and a rattle mouse, you will be amused. They are highly intelligent, and are one of the easiest cats to train to do tricks, and to comply with rules at home (such as not turning your favorite couch into a scratching post—as long as you catch them on time). This cat is very attentive to its owner, and will become your best friend.
The average weight of Peterbalds is anywhere from 7 – 12 pounds. And life expectancy is 12 – 20 years.
As with many cats, dental hygiene is important, and neglecting it can cause gum disease and tooth decay.