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The Canadian-bred Sphynx was the sole hairless cat breed until.1981, when haireless cats  were reported in England. In 1987, Mrs Kovaljova, discovered a hairless female cat  in Rostov-on-Don ; mated with an European shorthaired male, this cat became the founder of a new breed : the Donskoy Sphynx. The Don Sphynx cats are bred to European Shorthairs, Domestic Shorthairs and Russian Blues, to produce more Don Sphynx. The Don Sphynx is, physically, different from the Canadian Sphynx. The breed was registered in the WCF in 1996 and  has a provisional status in TICA.




The body of the Don Sphynx is of medium lengh, strong and muscular with curly whiskers and tail tip; the eyes, almond shaped, are of a medium size ; ears are large ; the face is short, the paws have long toes;  the curly coat is dense and soft. Young cats have the muzzle covered with short and thin fur ; the residual fur disappeared by adult cats by 2 years. All colors are acceptable




The Don Sphynx  are very active, very kindly and sociable. Their behaviour is originally due to high stability to stress-factors: they don’t afraid of  new territories, unknown people or animals.





Because of the lack of hair that would normally absorb body oils, the Don Sphynx needs to be bathed periodically. This is not a difficult task with a cat that has been accustomed to a bath from kitten hood and it takes no time at all to dry a Don Sphynx.