For everyone who dreams of a Peterbald kitten, our small but very capacious educational program.
History of breed origin
Are there any differences between Peterbolds (St. Petersburg sphinxes) and other sphinxes? Yes, of course, about this - below.
His homeland is the cultural capital of Russia. All peterbolds are descended from Nocturne, but not that in Mayakovsky’s poems, but that Nocturne that was born from the mother of a German-born cat, Radma von Jagerhof and the father of the Don Sphinx Athenogen Myth.
Already in 1996, the breed “Petersburg Sphynx” (Peterbold) was recognized by the Breeding Felinological Federation (SFF) and the breed standard was determined.
Peterbald breed description
A cat from a picture from a fashion magazine is what Peterbald is. Being the embodiment of elegance, cats of breed Peterbald are similar to catwalk models. Only instead of the notorious 90-60-90 St. Petersburg sphinxes have slightly different standards of beauty.
- The head of the peterbolds is narrow, long, "pulled." Experts emphasize the graceful bend-transition of the head into the long neck of Nefertiti:
- the nose is long, straight, the profile is proud, characteristic of the extreme type;
- ears are large, like all sphinxes, wide at the base, tips spread apart. The representatives of the breed of the St. Petersburg sphinx are very valued English ear set. That is, ears on which to put a sheet of paper. The head and ears visually resemble a sharp blade;
- vibrissae are often absent, but if nature has preserved them, then the sphinx mustache is crimped;
- eyes - of the shamakhan queen: almond-shaped, slightly slanted, surprisingly beautiful. Eye color can be yellow, green, blue or even blue. Kittens open their eyes early - already 3-5 days after birth.
- The size of the adult sphinxes of peterbalds is medium. The body is elongated, its shape is tubiform. This means that the shoulders and hips, when viewed from above, are the same width. The ribs are rounded, the groin line should not be matched.
The limbs are tall and slender. The paws of the St. Petersburg sphinx are round, the pads on the paws are thick, and the fingers are extended. Curved forelimbs are a significant disadvantage of the representative of the breed.
A description of the body would be incomplete, without emphasis on the tail. It is very long, thin immediately at the base, in the professional language “whip”. Kinks of the tail are excluded.
Petersburgs are quite miniature and rare. The weight of the Neva beauty is 3-3.5 kg, handsome men are rarely heavier than 5 kg.
- Skin and color
Gutta-percha kittens can be in a variety of colors. True, among the whole palette, creamy color, chocolate, lilac, color point, and particolors are especially appreciated. These cats are rarely in monoflower. Absolutely black, gray, red or white color - occurs occasionally. Peterbald kitten, most likely, is artistically painted with various spots.
Petersburg sphinxes are not always completely naked, they distinguish features:
- Brush - at birth, babies are covered with wool, but, growing up, they can part with it.
- Brush point - the kitten has shorter hair than the brush, fluffy tail of the baby. But in an adult cat, thick hair remains only on the muzzle and limbs (sometimes on the tail). The body of the sphinx is exposed completely or covered with a thin flock.
- Velor - in infancy there is wool, but later in residual form it can remain on the paws and face, and can completely disappear, only on the “socks” or “golfs” recalling itself.
- Flock - the kitten has no eyebrows, no mustaches, woolen coat - no more than 2 mm.
- Bald-born - there is absolutely no wool coat. And due to special skin secretions, a feeling is created that the body of the naked skin is rubber.
- Right-handed Peterbald - the kitten has normal whiskers and hair, and with age they also remain normal. But the character is a sphinx!
It is very interesting to observe how, in the absence of hair, signs of the animal's color appear directly on the skin.
Reviews about the breed: "In the morning, waking up, in the afternoon, boredom, in the evening, meeting-hugging, constantly playing something, always eating." In principle, it’s more difficult to say more precisely - Peterbald is sociable, friendly and not vindictive. They are very tuned in friendship and are ready to be friends with anyone except the owner. Because the owner does not need to be “friends”, but love!
Petersburg Sphinxes are a talkative breed. They talk a lot and this point needs to be considered for those who are interested in the breed.
They are elegant and sophisticated, and the look of Peterbald is a reflection of its inner self. Cleanliness in their blood.
As well as the instincts of the hunter. Peterbald cat is curious, she is interested in the world around her. It is completely pointless to leave her in a closed room - the sphinx will magically get out of it either in order to show the owner how much he loves him as soon as possible, or in order to explore the outside world of another room.
Health and Disease
The price for exotic looks is the genetic diseases of pets. St. Petersburg sphinxes have few of them:
- the most dangerous disease is congenital underdevelopment of the thymus. This body is responsible for the growth and development of the whole organism and for immune defense. With its underdevelopment, the animal dies in infancy;
- in animals of blue, blue-cream, tortoiseshell gum hyperplasia may appear (a genetic disease, too);
- signs of skin diseases can also sometimes be seen on a pet. Be careful and get around the pitfalls in time;
- respiratory diseases are common in peterbalds. Your pet should not be cold!
Life expectancy of peterbolds is 13-15 years.
Maintenance and care
As befits a decent sphinx, Peterbald (probably from the realization of his own unusualness) sweats and gets dirty. A brownish wax-like coating is released through his skin. If these secretions are within normal limits, then it is enough to wipe the pet with baby cleaning wipes or a damp sponge.
Bathing, however, should be regular. If the pet is dirty, then you can use heavy artillery, such as tar soap and a whirlwind! IMPORTANT! Wipe the peterbold thoroughly after the bath and make sure that it does not freeze.
Shaving the animal is not recommended. Remove dying hairs without pulling out live hairs.
Since these sphinxes do not have eyelashes, secretions accumulate in the inner corners of the eyes. Therefore, we are preparing for the fact that the eyes will have to be washed daily.
And remember the benefit of tanning! Excessive sunbathing can lead to burns, but moderate sunbeds can only lead to external beauty and inner harmony. More care tips here.
How to determine that the animal is not eating properly? There is too much brown matter released by the skin. This is a sure sign that the diet is not suitable for the body.
Since St. Petersburg beauties, due to the lack of wool and high temperature, also have a high metabolism, they are famous for their good appetite. And without vagaries they will eat everything that you will feed him. A reasonable combination of natural and canned foods is preferable. It is important to know good food for sphinxes.
An accelerated metabolism should also affect the size of the servings. Peterbald eats a lot - do not keep it in a black body.
The absence of the usual coat allows you to observe the rich facial expressions of Peterbalds. Photos of pets are fun!
Where to buy Peterbold
Nevsky handsome gradually enters the zenith of fame. In America and in Europe they know about peterbolds, but the breed has not yet found wide distribution and the question: “How much does a cat of the breed of peterbald cost” does not yet sound ubiquitous. In Russia and Ukraine, they are better known, but only certain animal lines can boast of exhibition success.
Peterbald nurseries, alas, are not numerous (for example, in Kiev there are no specialized nurseries).
The cost of a kitten ranges from 5,000 rubles. up to 15 000 rubles (2000-6000 hryvnias).
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Peterbald in the literal translation from English means "bald Peter". In honor of Tsar Peter the Great, breeders gave the breed this name. You can finish the educational program about the breed to the music of Glinka:
Glory, glory, from generation to generation
Glory to the great St. Petersburg cat!