The Donskoy cat is originally from Russia. It's a relatively recent breed which is characterised by its absence or partial absence of hair on its body.
History of the Donskoy cat or Don Sphynx
Firstly, it is important to note that given the recent nature of the Donskoy breed, scientific writings on it aren't necessarily very accurate. That's why this part about its origins lacks details.
The Donskoy's origins go back to 1988 to the town of Rostov-sur-le-Don, in Russia. A teacher recovered a kitten in a litter whereupon it quickly began to lose its hairs. Thinking that the kitten was ill, she tried numerous times to reach the vet in the hopes of treating it.
A few years later, the cat at the origin of this breed gave birth to kittens. The litter had just as many cats with hair as without them but little by little the ones with hair began to lose them. Thinking once again that this was a sign of bad health, the kittens' owners abandoned them.
It was at this moment that a breeder, intrigued by this particularity, decided to bring them in in the hopes of fixing the breed.
Quickly, the breeder understood that the gene responsible for their lack of hair was a dominant one, making it very difficult to fix. Crossings with Persians, Europeans and Siberians were then carried out.
The Donskoy cat was also crossed with oriental cats, which allowed them to create a variety of oriental nudes.
The Donskoy is a relatively atypical breed. Of a semi-foreign body type, it is mainly characterised by the absence or partial absence of hair on its body.
Of average size, it is very muscular and has quite large hindquarters. They have an elegant silhouette and a strong frame.
They have long legs, in proportion to the rest of their body. An interesting characteristic of the Donskoy is their webbed feet. They enjoy swimming outdoors. Their tail is long and slender.
The Donskoy's head is cuniform, or "wedge-shaped" with very prominent cheekbones, as well as wrinkles on the forehead. According to breed standards, the muzzle must be short and the chin clearly visible. Another particularity of the Donskoy is that it sometimes has very long canines, sometimes surpassing the lips.
Their whiskers, if they have any, must be curled.
Their ears are large, very open and placed high on the head. The tip is rounded and they bend slightly forward when viewed in profile.
Their eyes are slanted and slightly almond shaped. According to breed standards, the color must catch their coat.
Even if they share many of the same traits as the Sphynx, the breed criteria explicitly states that they are very different. This would constitute an eliminatory defeat during competitions.
It goes without saying that the main characteristic of the Donskoy is its skin. Very elastic, it must also have numerous wrinkles, especially on the crease areas such as the armpits, forehead and neckline.
Some adults retain all of their hair into adulthood, but this is only a light fuzz.
An adult Donskoy weighs between 3 and 7 kilos and measure around 30cm in height.
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All colors are accepted for the Donskoy as well as all patterns.
The Donskoy cat is described as being a lively and very intelligent breed. Very active and sociable with humans, they love to play and become very attached to their owner.
However, these cats are by no means aggressive meaning that have difficulty defending themselves if another animal attack them.
They are still very extraverted.
Health and care
Due to their lack of fur, the Donskoy is a cat that is very sensitive to the cold. So remember to avoid drafts and provide a warm area for them to nap.
This breed is not susceptible to any specific health problems. However, it is recommended that you keep an eye on their state of health as they can be prone to frequent pulmonary problems.
The Donskoy has an average lifespan of 15 years.
The absence of hair leads to an excess of sebum in this breed. They sweat a lot. It is therefore very important to pass a wet glove or towel over them daily to clean them. The Donskoy loves waiter. Don't hesitate to give them a bath once a week, they'll look forward to it!