7 Most Popular Hairless Cat Breeds
Hairless cats are guaranteed to turn heads and attract attention. Their unique, bald appearance really makes them stand out!
Beyond the way they look, hairless cat breeds are well known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They love to follow their humans around and cuddle up together.
Hairless cats are not completely hairless and do have some hair. Some will be covered in a very short and thin layer on peach-fuzz hair. This can make them feel like velvet. Others have certain areas of their body where tufts of hair grow. Some are born with sections of hair that fall out and leave them bald later on.
Hairless breeds of cat are not natural breeds. They were created by breeding particular recessive genes.
Here is everything you need to know about hairless cats…
Are Hairless Cats Hypoallergenic?
Hairless cats are not completely hypoallergenic, despite popular belief. Most people with cat allergies are allergic to their saliva and dander, not their hair.
Some allergy sufferers do report they react less to hairless cats. This may be because hairless cats are bathed more regularly and the saliva and dander are removed from their skin.
For those who dislike animal fur messing up their clothes and furniture, having a hairless cat will mean less cat hair left everywhere.
Caring for Hairless Cats
Hairless cats can be very high maintenance, compared to other breeds.
They are affectionate and love attention, making them great cuddle companions. However, they do get lonely and can be needy. They do not handle being left alone for long periods of time. When choosing a hairless breed, be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it and also provide them with other cats or pets to interact with.
Their lack of fur makes their skin more vulnerable to the weather and means they have trouble maintaining their body temperature. They get cold very easily and need to wear jumpers in winter. They are prone to sunburn and overheating in summer so they need to be kept cool and in the shade. For these reasons, it is best that your hairless cat lives indoors.
Grooming hairless cats involves regular baths to remove the build-up of oils on their skin. If not cleaned off, these oils can cause skin irritations. They are also prone to ear infections and need their ears regularly cleaned out.
Providing a Cat Enclosure or Scratching Post for your hairless cat gives it its own space to play, explore and practice natural cat behaviours. All Coops and Cages scratching posts are sturdy and have multiple levels to play on.
Hairless Cat Breeds
The following breeds of cats are hairless…
Bambinos are very active and love to play with their humans, despite their tiny legs. They are friendly and love to cuddle. They have kitten-like personalities. They don’t get too attached to one human, happy to share their love between all family members.
They were created in 2005 by the deliberate cross breeding of a hairless Sphynx and a Munchkin.
The Bambino gets its shape from its Munchkin heritage. It has a long, low body with short legs. Their shape is similar to a dachshund dog. Their skin is wrinkled and hairless (with a short and thin layer of velvety fuzz) like a Sphynx.
Some will have hair on the end of their tail, similar to a lion.·
The Donskoy is a sociable and friendly breed which is very loyal to its humans.
The breed originated by a natural gene mutation in Russian in 1987. It is not connected to the Sphynx breed.
They are a medium sized, muscular cat. Their skin is wrinkly. Like many hairless cat breeds, Donskoys have a thin body, big eyes and large ears. Their oval-shaped feet have webbed toes.
Donskoys will often grow fur in the colder months and shed it completely once it gets warm. This is a unique feature in comparison to other hairless cat breeds.
The Dwelf is a rare breed. They are highly sought after due to their unique appearance.
They were created recently by cross breeding a hairless Elf with a Munchkin cat.
Dwelves are very cartoonish in appearance. Their Elf heritage makes them hairless with outwards curling ears. Their Munchkin heritage makes their legs short, body long and stomach hang low. Their skin has some wrinkles and comes in different colours and patterns.
Despite having short legs and a small body, the Dwelf can run and climb things just as well as other cat breeds. They are very playful.
The Elf cat breed gets its name from its curly ears which make it look like a pixie or elf.
The Elf was created in the USA in 2007 by cross breeding a hairless Sphynx with an American Curl.
The Elf is distinctive by its large, outwards curling ears, which it gets from its American Curl heritage.
Their skin is wrinkly, particularly around their head and neck. They have a slender body and tail which is pointed. Their head is long and their eyes are big and walnut-shaped.
They are very gentle and love to be around their humans. They are an active breed and particularly enjoy climbing. Providing your Elf with a Cat Scratching Post will keep it happy and also protect your furniture from being climbed instead!
The Peterbald is a very energetic and healthy breed.
They were first created in Russia in 1988 by the intentional cross breeding of a hairless Donskoy with a Siamese cat.
Their Donskoy heritage gives them their peach-fuzz skin whilst their Siamese heritage gives them an Oriental appearance. The breed has a small head, a skinny body and big ears that stand out. It is less wrinkled than other breeds of hairless cat.
They typically make a lot of noise and love to ‘talk’ with their humans.
The Sphynx is the most common and famous breed of hairless cat. It was also the first hairless cat breed in existence. It is sometimes called the ‘Canadian hairless’ cat.
It was created when a Canadian domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in 1966. They named the kitten Prune. This occurred because of a natural mutation that prevents hair growth. Many of the other hairless cat breeds came from crossing Sphynxes with other breeds of non-hairless cats.
They have wrinkly skin that comes in different colours and patterns. They are skinny with a big, round stomach. They have long, pointed ears. Their large eyes are often mismatching colours (such as one blue and one green eye).
Their friendly nature makes them easy to handle. They get along well with humans and other pets. They are playful and can be quite clumsy sometimes.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is a newer breed of hairless cat and isn’t officially recognised by many cat associations and groups.
It was created in 2005 by deliberately cross breeding a hairless Sphynx with a Scottish Fold.
The mix of Scottish Fold gives the Ukrainian Levkoy its distinctive and adorable ears. Their ears curl forward without touching their head. They have almond-shaped eyes and a wedge-shaped head. Their body is thin with some wrinkles. They can come in different colours.
They are very friendly without being as needy as other breeds of hairless cat.
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