[]The Russian Don has many names and is also known as Donskoy Russian, Don Bald Cat, Don Hairless and Don Sphinx. A female kitten found in 1987 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, became mother of 2 Russian hairless breeds, the Russian Don and the Peterbald. Unlike other hairless cats, the Donskoy is hairless due to a dominant gene. The Don first appeared in the U.S. in the year 2000 when Sherry Mossop, owner of a Michigan cattery, acquired this hairless cat.
What does the Donskoy look like?
The Russian Don is medium sized and has velvety skin, somewhat wrinkled. Males are significantly larger than females. Ears are large. Eyes are almond-shaped with a penetrating look. This cat has long, slender toes similar to a monkey’s fingers. There are 4 different types of coat – Rubber Bald, Flocked, Velour and Brush. Donskoys are born with hair and all except the Brush lose their hair by a year or so old. The Brush coat loses hair in spots. Sometimes in winter the Donskoy grows fine hair which it loses in warm weather. The skin sweats in hot weather, but bathing too often makes the skin oily. Protect from sun and cold weather.
Does the Donskoy make a good pet?
The Donskoy is a highly intelligent cat. They look directly at you with affection. Donskoys are gentle, friendly, sociable cats along with being playful and curious. They are good with other animals and believe even visitors are their friends. It’s a good idea for these social cats to have a companion. They make wonderful pets and even learn to obey voice commands.
Possible Health Issues
Hairlessness may cause poor dentition or inability to lactate.