The Russian Peterbald cat is one such breed that was recently developed by Olga S. Mironova in 1994. She achieved this by mating a Don Sphynx (also called Don Hairless, Donskoy, or Donsky) named Afinogen Myth and an Oriental Shorthair female champion named Radma von Jagerhov. The consequent 2 litters produced four cats, the first of its kind. They are one of the friendliest cats, which make them a preferred choice among many pet lovers.
If you are planning to buy one of your own, here's all the information you'll need.
It has a long, slender body, sans the heavy pouch that the Sphynx has, and has elegant boning and strong musculature.
Peterbalds have a long, symmetrical body, with an elongated, inverted-triangular head, and almond-shaped eyes that slant towards the muzzle, like its Oriental parent.
The Peterbald has pointed ears that are wider at the base and gradually decrease to an almost pointed shape, and are set wide apart.
It has webbed feet with oval paws that have evolved to allow grabbing objects.
They have a long whip-like tail that becomes pointed towards the end. It has a wedge-shaped muzzle and an elongated, slender neck.
They are medium-sized cats; the males weighing about 8-10 lb. and the females a little more petite at 6 - 8 lb.
Their most unique feature is their coats. They come in two major forms; hairless and with hair. The first is divided into two types: Ultra Bald and the Flock or Chamois. The Ultra Bald is the kind that is born without any hair at all, and has no eyebrows or eyelashes. Their skin is soft, warm, and slightly oily. The Chamois type has hair that measures only 1/100 of an mm. Their coat is soft, hair is barely visible, and has no resistance to it. The whiskers are curly or kinky. They tend to lose this hair by the time they become 2 years of age.
The ones with hair come in 3 types: Velour, Brush, and Straight. The Velour type has hair that is 1 - 5mm, and eventually becomes like the Chamois within a year or two. There is some resistance to its coat. The Brush is the type favored for breeding and has hair that is longer than 5 mm. It has a more resistant coat. The light brush variety may lose its coat, but the heavy brush doesn't. It has curly, kinky, or broken whiskers. The last kind is the Straight Coat, which has hair that never falls off, is velvety, and unlike the others, has straight whiskers. This is due to the absence of the hair loss gene.
They come in a multitude of colors and patterns.
Although not much is known yet, but a Peterbald that is well-cared for can live for 10-12 years.
As far as exercise is concerned, they are highly energetic, so it is important that you give it enough toys to play around with. They know how to keep themselves occupied, if provided with the tools. But it doesn't hurt to play with them every once in a while each day, because they love some attention from the owners!
All or most of them lack eyelashes, which causes junk to collect around the eyes; this needs to be wiped with a soft, warm, and wet cloth. Avoid baby wipes during this stage.
Like the eyes, the ears don't have protective hair either and need to be cleaned gently, using the Epi-Otic ear cleanser from Vibrac (just a suggestion), but consult your vet first for the best method.
The teeth must be cleaned once a day, and checkup should be done once a year to avoid dental issues.
The claws too need to be wiped down with baby wipes, between the toe gaps especially. Clip them twice a month.
Although they don't have hair, they are not hypoallergenic, so in case you are concerned about cat allergies (that spread from the saliva and dander also, not just hair), consult your vet, but the only way to know for sure is through experience.