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Don Sphynx - Breed Profile:

Origin: Russia
Colors: Any
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Hairless
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Physical characteristics

The Don Sphynx, also known as the Russian hairless, has almost the same physical characteristics and appearance as the Sphynx cats originated in the USA. Don Sphynx cats, however, have heavier boning. The two breeds share similar "naked" look, strong muscular body, long legs, oval paws with long fingers ("monkey" fingers). The back legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The head is wedge-shaped, with prominent cheek bones and eye brows. The forehead is flat with lots of wrinkles. The chin is strong. The strikingly large ears are set high and slightly tilt forward. The almond-shaped are slanted slightly. The skin of the Don Sphynx is very elastic and feels like a soft peach. Besides the forehead, the distinctive wrinkles are present on the head, neck, belly and legs.

Temperament

If you are not pushed away by the bizarre appearance, you will have a truly wonderful companion with a waggish, playful, affectionate and loyal nature. It will never get you bored. Don Sphynx cats are very people-oriented and demanding, they always want to be with you and participate in everything you do. Or, maybe, they want to help you? Cat fanciers say, "They are not humans beings yet but they are not already cats." Smart and intelligent, Don Sphynx cats will always find a way to get your attention.

Coat and grooming

Even though the Don Sphynx may look totally hairless, there is often slight fluff covering the body. Regular grooming (wiping with cloth) is necessary to remove sebaceous secretions from the skin. These secretions are a normal thing, but Don Sphynx cats have no fur to absorb it. Weekly baths are also recommended. If grooming and bathing are not done properly, Don Sphynx cats can become sticky to the touch or even develop skin problems. The Don Sphynx is known to be one of the cats that don't shed.

Health

Naturally robust and healthy.

Other interesting facts

The very first hairless cat, the predecessor of all Don Sphynxs, was found in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia in 1987. Don is one of Russian major rivers which gave the name to Rostov-na-Donu city and later to its native cat breed.