Sherry grew up watching her uncle raise turtles, fish, goats and sheep in his backyard.
Hairless cat breeds make unique pets. They might not be appealing to many, but several experts have confirmed their temperament to be similar or even better than that of normal-haired cats. Except for a coat of fur, these cats have everything you ever desire in a pet. They are cuddleable, athletic, affectionate, and they don't shed hair. While lack of fur is a result of a natural mutation in some cat breeds others have been developed by creatively crossing interesting breeds.
The Sphynx cat is the most popular of hairless cats around the world. This is the same cat that appeared as Mrs Whiskerson, the purebred show cat bought by Rachel in the famous television show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Hairlessness in this cat is caused by a natural mutation. The cat is bald with a suede textured coat on the entire body. It may have a little thin hair on the head, tail, and feet.
The skin may be of any colour and may have any of the usual cat markings that a normal haired cat would have. The Sphynx cat has a wedge-shaped head with big eyes and ears. The skin is wrinkled around the shoulders and head.
Though the cat is not very charming, it makes a beautiful pet for its affectionate and extroverted behaviour. The Sphynx cat is less likely to show aggression towards other cats and is not a noisy creature. Because Sphynx cats lack fur, they will need to be protected from sunlight to prevent sunburn and loss of heat from the body. Also, these cats should be cleaned regulargy because of oils and debris that tend to accumulate under their skin folds, nails and ears.
Bambino is a fairly new breed of cat developed from a cross between a Sphynx and the Munchkin. The cat got its extremely short legs from the Munchkin and its hairlessness from the Sphynx. Bambino has a muscular body covered with heavily wrinkled skin.
Like Sphynx, these cats come in all colours, shades and patterns. They weigh around 5-9 pounds which are lighter than other hairless cats. They have big, wide ears and a whipping tail like the Sphynx. These cats also need regular grooming and protection from the sun.
Peterbald is one of the most expensive cat breeds in the world. It was developed by crossing the Oriental Shorthair and the Donskoy. They have a slim and muscular body with large ears and a long whipping tail. The legs are long and strong and there are wrinkles all over the skin which is thick and dense. Infants born with hair will shed all of their hair as they mature.
The Peterbald makes a good family cat. Like other hairless cats, they need regular bathing and protection from things that can harm their skin.
Minskin, sometimes confused with a Bambino, is a breed developed from a cross between the Munchkin and the Sphynx like the Bambino cat. The difference between a Minskin and a Bambino is very difficult to tell. The coat of Minskin may have fur in the extremities. It has a short body with short legs, large ears and big, round eyes. The coat is thinly dispersed with velvety texture around face and legs. The Minskin comes in all colours and cat-markings. These cats prefer shades and should not be let out in the sun for a long time.
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Dwelf is a hairless breed that originated in the US. The breed is derived from the Sphynx, American Curl and the Munchkin. Like Minskin, Dwelf has a short physique and weighs much less compared to other hairless cat breeds.
The name Dwelf is given for having elf-like features and a dwarf-like stature. The cat has many features similar to the Sphynx such as suede textured skin and big almond-shaped eyes. The front legs are shorter compared to the hind legs. It also requires frequent bathing to wash out all the oils accumulating on the skin.
6. Donskoy or Don Sphynx
The Donskoy, also known as Don Hairless, was discovered by a Russian cat breeder. The cat breeder rescued a kitten which started losing fur around the age of four months. Its hairlessness is a result of a genetic mutation which is believed could also cause other problems.
Not all Donkoy cats are hairless—some may have patches of hair throughout the body. This breed has a muscular body with heavy bones. The legs are strong and the tail is thin and tapered to a fine end. They come in all colours and patterns of skin. The cat is gentle, playful and has characteristics that make it eligible as a pet.
7. Ukrainian Levkoy
Ukrainian Levkoy is a breed created by crossing Donskoy with Scottish Fold. The breed is known for its distinctive appearance including ears that are inwardly folded and absence of hair on the body. As for appearance, the cat has a dog-like face. Another uniquen trait of this breed is that the male and female Levkoy cats are different in appearance. Levkoys make good pets because of their friendly nature and extroverted behaviour. These cats are also good around other pets.
Lykoi: A Partly Hairless Cat Breed
The Lykoi is a cat with a wolf-like appearance. These cats may be fully covered with hair or partly hairless, although sometimes they become completely hairless. These creatures keep shedding and regrowing hair throughout life.
Why Are People Allergic to Certain Cats?
If you are looking for a cat breed without fur because you are allergic to cats, this is not the right way to go about it. No cat is entirely hypoallergic because the component in the cat responsible for producing allergies is Fel d1, the major allergen produced by a cat's sebaceous, salivary and anal gland. This allergic protein is distributed on the fur via licking and grooming. Not having fur does not mean the allergic component is absent. However, further research of hypoallergic cat breeds is currently underway.
- Sphynx Cat - Hairless Breed Information, Pictures and How to Take Care?
Detailed information about the Sphynx cat.
- Bambino Cat — Full Profile, History, and Care
Characteristics of the Bambino cat and care tips.
- Ukrainian Levkoy | International Cat Care
Useful information about the Ukranian Levkoy.
Charactristics, history, and care tips about the Minskin cat.
- 7 most expensive cat breeds in the world.
Peterbald and the Sphynx cat makes it to the list of most expensive cat breeds in the world.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sherry Haynes
Liz Westwood from UK on March 30, 2020:
I had no idea there were so many breeds. You make a very important point about allergies.