December 27, 2018

Hairless Cat Breeds

This article addresses the different types of hairless cat breeds and covers the basics of each breed. The breeds are listed in alphabetical order.

How Much Is A Hairless Cat?

Hairless cat prices can range anything from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the breed and where you get from. For show quality kittens, expect to fork out more. The upkeep cost per cat is averagely around $1000 per year. Go to each section for more information on the average price of each hairless cat breed.

Bambino Cat

Originating from the United States, the Bambino cat is a small sized, hairless cat breed descended as a cross between the Munchkin and the Sphynx breeds. The Bambino has a minimum weight of 5 pounds and a maximum weight of 9 pounds (2.3 – 4.1 kilograms). Bambino cats have a considerably long lifespan, with the ability to live up to 15 years of age.

From the Munchkin, the Bambino has inherited large, upright ears (with small tufts of fur at the end – known as Lynx tips) and short legs. From the Sphynx, it has inherited its most notable characteristic – its hairlessness. Other body characteristics of the Bambino include a medium-length tail (in comparison to its body length), medium sized eyes, and skin that come in a range of colors.

The Bambino is known for its outgoing, affectionate, and friendly personality. A breed that loves children, the Bambino is a great choice for a family pet. Despite being quite social, the Bambino does not require constant attention, although it will definitely welcome it. The Bambino reacts well to strangers, and is quick at adapting to new environments and situations. Quite an energetic breed, the Bambino will require daily exercise and/or playtime in order to stay active and keep its mind occupied.

Due to its lack of hair, the Bambino needs regular baths (with water and mild soap) in order to clean its skin of its natural oils. Attention should be paid to build up of dirt in their eyes and ears. The Bambino’s hairless skin increases its vulnerability to catching colds, as well as sunburns and external skin injuries. Apart from these few potential health concerns, the Bambino is considered to be a generally healthy breed.

This hairless cat price is around $1000 to $3000. Upkeep cost is about $1000 on a yearly basis.

Donskoy Cat

Also known as the Don Sphynx or the Don Hairless cat, the Donskoy cat is originally bred in Russia from an unknown hairless breed discovered in the city of Rostov-on-Don. Unlike the Sphynx cat, the hairlessness of the Donskoy is the result of a dominant genetic mutation. The Donskoy is small to medium-sized, with a weight range of 6 – 12 pounds (2.7 – 5.4 kilograms). It has a lifespan of 12 – 15 years. Often described as a muscular breed, the Donskoy has large, upright ears, almond shaped eyes, a short tail, and long, webbed toes.

The Donskoy is a friendly breed and is known to be outgoing with anyone. In particular, the Donskoy is known to be great with dogs, thus making the breed a great choice for individuals who already own a dog(s). The Donskoy is quite active, and will require daily exercise in order to keep it engaged and healthy. A key point of a Donskoy’s personality is the fact that it is quite a vocal breed.

The Donskoy requires regular grooming in order to keep their skin clean, but do note that excessive bathing will cause the skin to become very oily. Attention should also be given to their eyes, ears, and underneath their nails. With no major health concerns, the Donskoy is considered to be a generally healthy breed. Like other hairless breeds, however, they are prone to sunburn.

This hairless cat price is between $1000 to $1500. You need to fork out around $1000 per year for its upkeep.

Dwelf Cat

The Dwelf cat is a breed that originates from the United States, and is a descendant of a mix of breeds – the Sphynx cat , the Munchkin cat, and the American Curl. The Dwelf is a small-sized breed with a weight range of 6 – 9 pounds (2.7 – 4.1 kilograms), and it has a lifespan of 8 – 12 years.

The Dwelf has short legs, large, almond shaped eyes, and upright ears that curve slightly towards each other. Dwelfs have a muscular body, which gives them their signature stout frame. They have a rounded skull and a flat forehead, as well as prominent cheekbones. The tail of a Dwelf is long, slender, and tapered. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their forelegs.

The Dwelf is known to be a very social and loving breed, and is great with children. Individuals that enjoy playful pets will be delighted with the Dwelf. They are very active, and will require daily exercise in order to keep it healthy and engaged. Multiple play sessions (10 – 15 minutes each) are recommended. The Dwelf is also known to be a frequent vocalizer.

Due to their hairlessness, the Dwelf requires regular baths in order to remove oils and dirt. The Dwelf is a fairly healthy breed, but it can have skeletal problems, ranging from a curvature of the spine to the caving in of the chest. Like other hairless breeds, they are also prone to sunburn.

This hairless cat price will start at $200 and can go up to $700 for a kitten. The upkeep cost is aorund $1000 on a yearly basis.

Peterbald Cat

The Peterbald cat originates from St. Petersburg, Russia. The breed is the result of an experimental mating between a Donskoy and an Oriental Shorthair. Not all Peterbald cats are completely bald – some have a bit of fuzz on their skin. Some Peterbalds are born with fur, but will shed their coats over time. The Peterbald is a small/medium-sized cat, with a weight range of 6 – 10 pounds (2.7 – 4.5 kilograms). It has a lifespan of 10 – 12 years.

The Peterbald has an elegant and slim, yet muscular, build. Its head is narrow and long, and it has almond shaped eyes, a wedge shaped muzzle, and large, upright ears. Peterbalds have long tails, webbed feet, and oval paws. The color of a Peterbald’s skin varies – shades include blue, brown, and silver. The breed has a higher than normal metabolism; the average cat has a 100 degree Fahrenheit body temperature, but the Peterbald has a body temperature of 105 degrees. Its higher metabolism means that it is able to heal faster than other cats.

Very loyal (in this aspect, the Peterbald is often compared to dogs) and affectionate, Peterbalds are also very obedient. They are great with children, and along with their ability to live in harmony with other pets, Peterbalds are considered to be a great choice for a family pet. An energetic breed, the Peterbald will require regular exercise in order to keep it engaged and at a healthy weight.

The Peterbald requires a regular bath in order to strip its hairless skin of excess oils and dirt. Apart from requiring protection from the sun and cold, the Peterbald is considered to be a healthy breed.

It is not cheap to own this cat as this hairless cat price can be from $500 to $3000. The yearly upkeep cost is around $1000 to $1500 per year.

Sphynx Cat

Also known as the Canadian Sphynx or the Canadian Hairless, the Sphynx cat is originally bred in Canada back in the 1960s from a domestic cat who gave birth to a hairless kitten. The hairlessness of the Sphynx is the result of a recessive gene mutation. The Sphynx is a medium-sized cat, with a weight range of 8 – 12 pounds (3.6 – 5.4 kilograms). It has a lifespan of 13 – 14 years.

Sphynxes have wedge shaped heads, prominent cheekbones, large, upright ears, and slanted eyes. They have muscular bodies, a full abdomen, a medium-length neck, and a tapered tail. They also have oval paws with long toes, and thick paw pads. Sphynxes vary in skin color, and their skin colors are a reflection of the color their coats would have been. Usual marking patterns can be found on their skin. This breed has a body temperature that is 4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average feline, and as a result, they have a very high metabolism.

The Sphynx is a very energetic cat. It’s excellent with people, including children, and it gets along well with dogs and other cats. The Sphynx enjoys being in the center of attention, and regular playtimes and/or exercise will do the Sphynx well.

It should be noted that the Sphynx is not hypoallergenic. Those with cat allergies should bathe the Sphynx regularly in order to minimize allergic reactions. The Sphynx does require regular washing even if one is not allergic, as it’ll help dislodge and remove oil buildup. Particular attention should be given to cleaning the Sphynx’s ears, as they lack enough hair in their ears to prevent buildup.

A Sphynx’s time outside should be limited, as their hairlessness can lead them to develop sunburn and skin damage, and they have limited means when it comes to conserving body heat during cold weather. The Sphynx is regarded as a generally healthy breed.

This hairless cat price is around $600 to $1200. The cost of upkeep will be around $1100 per year.

Ukrainian Levkoy Cat

The Ukrainian Levkoy cat is a recent breed, created in Russia in the ‘00s by crossing a Donskoy female with a Scottish Fold male. The Ukrainian Levkoy is a medium-sized cat, with a weight range of 11 – 15 pounds (5 – 6.8 kilograms). It has a lifespan of up to 20 years.

Ukrainian Levkoys have angular heads, a dog-like appearance, folded ears, and large eyes. They have long bodies and necks, and their bodies can either be slender or muscular. They also have long legs, an arched back, and a long tail. Ukrainian Levkoys vary in skin color. Usual marking patterns can be found on their skin.

The Ukrainian Levkoy is friendly, playful, and intelligent. It’s excellent with people, including children, and it gets along well with other domestic pets. Considerably active, the Ukrainian Levkoy will require regular playtimes and/or exercise.

The Ukrainian Levkoy requires regular washing in order to help dislodge and remove oil buildup. Its time outside should be limited, as the lack of a coat can lead to the development of sunburn and skin damage. Additionally, they should be provided with external sources of heat during cold weather. The Ukrainian Levkoy is known to be prone to several diseases, and one should speak to the breeder about potential health problems before purchasing/adopting one.

Should you be interested in getting this breed as a pet, this hairless cat price is around $400 to $800. It will cost at least $900 or more for its upkeep per year.

Summary
All of the above hairless feline breeds share many similar characteristics, but are all vastly different at the same time. Each breed will thus appeal to different people, and careful consideration should be taken if one decides to bring one of these hairless felines into his/her home.


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Photo by Shannon Badiee - CC BY-SA 2.0

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