Peterbald cats for sale: TICA registered. The rarest domestic cat breed on earth! Highly intelligent & affectionate. Highly sociable cats. Peterbalds kittens have an elegantly slim, graceful, & muscular build. Curious & outgoing cats.
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The Prima Ballerina Peterbald Cat
The bare essentials of the feline form are found in the powerful, elegant, often nude Peterbald. This incomparable cat from Russia with its long, extended, graceful body lines and whimsical personality is, “as rare a gem as the famed Faberge eggs,” and is, indeed, the rarest domestic cat breed on earth. Their coat ranges from a totally smooth, bald skin, through a texture like velour, to a unique, short, brushy coat. Its slim, elegant lines, the adoration and trust shining from its eyes, and its mesmerizing movements make the Peterbald kittens a piece of hypnotic living art that enchants all who are lucky enough to meet one. Peterbalds will gently take your face in their paws, and dazzle your eyes with such total love and devotion that you cannot help but be won over!
The Peterbald originally developed from a cross between the Donskoy and the Oriental Shorthair, so its history is mixed with that of the two parent breeds. In February of 1986, a woman named Elena Kovaleva rescued a tiny fluffy tortoiseshell kitten and took it home with her. She named this kitten Varvara. At four months of age, Varvara slowly began to lose her hair, starting with her head and moving down her back.
Fearing some strange disease, Elena took Varvara to the vet, but when all efforts to treat her coat failed, they left her alone because she was otherwise very healthy. By 1993, after Varvara had had several litters, each with bald, balding, or brush-coated kittens, it became clear that, indeed, a unique feline gene was present.
The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed of Russian origin. This breed appeared in 1987 with the discovery of a hairless cat in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. It is not at all related to the better-known hairless breed called the Sphynx (also known as the Canadian Hairless), whose characteristic hairlessness is caused by a recessive gene. The Donskoy hairlessness is caused by a dominant gene.
The Oriental Shorthair was developed to explore a wide range of colors and patterns on a cat that has the style of the Siamese, but has full body color rather than the point restriction of the Siamese. In 1993 in St. Petersburg, Russia, a brown mackerel tabby Donskoy with a “refined look” was bred to a tortoiseshell Oriental female. The resulting offspring were very popular in St. Petersburg and quickly became known as Peterbalds.
New lines developed as more people crossed Peterbalds with Donskoys, Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese. The Peterbald kitten combines the Donskoy's dominant balding gene with the elegance of the Siamese and the Oriental Shorthair, to create a distinctly different feline with a graceful outline, large, low-set ears, and a blunt wedgy nose. TICA (The International Cat Association) accepted the Peterbald into the new breed process in 1997, and recognized it for championship status in 2005. The Peterbald was accepted for Championship class competition in the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) in August 2008.
As these cats age, the velour coat may change to a flock/chamois coat. Brush coats have wiry hair ranging from barely wavy to almost curly with an irregular texture, and are up to ¼ inch long. A kitten with a light brush may shift to having a bald coat by age two, but Peterbald kittens with a heavy, dense brush will always have a brush coat. The whiskers are always curled or kinked. Straight-coated Peterbalds do not have the hair loss gene and have short close-lying coats and normal, straight whiskers. The Peterbald comes in all colors and markings.
The highly intelligent, affectionate Peterbald cat will entertain you thoroughly with its playful antics. These are very active cats whose grace and flexibility will never cease to amaze as they perform aerial ballet in their games. They are inquisitive cats who investigate everything, and may invent new games for their own entertainment but are happy to include you in their games. As you observe them, they will delight you with their unwavering enthusiasm for life.
Devoted to you, they want to spend as much time in your company as possible, and will miss you terribly when you are away. Highly sociable cats, Peterbalds get along well with people, children (making a great children friendly pet), dogs, and other pets, but do need company and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Every Peterbald cat (and I personally believe that every cat of any kind) should have at least one animal companion: another Peterbald or any other active breed of cat, or even a dog.
Peterbalds have an elegantly slim, graceful, and muscular build. They have long, almost tubular bodies; long, fine, spider-like legs; long, whippy, tails with a curve at the end; and long, graceful necks. Their slender frame is covered with a strong musculature that ripples as the cat engages in its play, and the movements of their muscles are highly visible due to the absence, or virtual absence, of fur. The extra large ears are set very low on the head, reminding one of bat wings, and, balancing the ears, their long wedge ends in a blunt muzzle rather than a pointed one like the Siamese. The oval paws are webbed with long agile “fingers and toes” that the Peterbald can use to grasp objects and open levered doorknobs.
Like people, they need regular bathing to remove grease and dirt so that it does not build up on their skin. Ultra-bald cats are oilier and need more frequent bathing than the other coat types. Pay special attention to keeping the ears and nail beds clean, as residue can build up quickly in these areas. Some cats may even require daily cleaning of their tails to prevent blackheads. Just us human skin burns in strong sunlight, so does the Peterbald's, so be sure to limit their sun exposure, or use a sunblock. Also be aware that these cats can become cold very easily due to their lack of fur, so limit their outdoor exposure time for that reason too, and ensure that they remain warm in your house.
If you have cat allergies, the lack of coat does not necessarily mean that you will not be allergic to a Peterbald cat. Allergic reactions are triggered by different proteins: some come from saliva, some from the coat, and some from the skin dander. It is a good idea to make arrangements to spend some time in the company of some Peterbalds before buying one (or more), to see if they trigger a reaction in you, personally.
Peterbalds are sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, smart, and energetic, and are some of the most curious, outgoing creatures in the world. They are “medium vocal,” consider themselves to be the center of your universe, and feel compelled to be involved in everything that you do! Whether it is following you around the house at your heels, riding on your shoulder, or snuggling under your blankets at night, your Peterbalds will find many ways to ensure their participation in your everyday life—and you will love their company in return!
Joy Ruby, the owner and breeder of Anna Mae’s Flower’s Cattery Peterbalds in Jonesburg, Missouri, was kind enough to communicate with me personally via email about this very unique, special, rare breed of cat that she adores. One of the questions that I always ask when I chat with breeders about their cats is, “Is this an ‘in-your-face’ kind of cat, or not?” Joy’s response to this question was, “Peterbalds are a super affectionate cat, but not so much in your face that it is annoying.”
She then commented, “My ‘Aster’ kitten is better at fetch than any dog I have ever owned. She can literally fly through the air to capture something I have thrown, and she never fails to bring it directly back to me…She is super smart and just too much fun! Once someone comes in contact with a Peterbald cat, they will want one for themselves, because they are so very special!”
“They can entertain themselves while someone is at work but they do love other cats and they are just crazy for dogs. In my website’s Gallery pages, I have many pictures of babies that went to their new homes, and within hours, they were sleeping on top of the resident dog…and they are also very geared towards bonding with small children. They feel compelled to hang out with them rather than being afraid of them. They are very dog-like cats. I love these traits in the Peterbald!”
I asked Joy about litter size, since in the course of my extensive cat research, I have discovered that many hybrid cat breeds tend to have small litters. She replied that she had two litters last year that produced eight Peterbald kittens each, all of which survived, and that seven to eight is not unusual for this breed. “They are wonderful mothers,” she added, “And truly gentle fathers!”
Joy then said, “I am a big advocate of spaying and neutering, so all of my kittens leave here altered unless I approve a wonderful showing and breeding home that does not cage their cats." She concluded her observations by saying, “This breed should continue on, and this is why the Peterbald is the only cat I have chosen to breed. I believe that they are truly worth it!”
To speak with Joy Ruby herself and to inquire about Peterbald kittens for sale, please see the advertisement below for Anna Mae’s Flower’s Cattery Peterbalds.
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