Don Hairless Cats

Don Hairless are very affectionate and interactive with their owners. They are active and need a lot of attention.

Don Hairless

Don Hairless Pictures

  • Don Hairless cat named Butterfly Esenia
  • Don Hairless cat named Solo
  • Don Hairless cat named Hairy
  • Don Hairless cat named chance
  • Don Hairless cat named Stoli
  • Don Hairless cat named Buckley
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Ideal Human Companions

    • Experienced cat owners
    • Families with children
    • Singles with other pets
    • People who want an indoor-only cat

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Trademark Traits

    • Also known as Don Sphinx and Donskoy
    • Completely hairless
    • Intelligent and active
    • Gentle

What They Are Like to Live With

Although they don’t have fur, Don Hairless still need a lot of grooming to keep their skin healthy. They must be wiped down daily with a damp cloth to remove sweat.

Things You Should Know

Don Hairless need frequent grooming to keep their skin healthy. Overbathing can cause the Don Hairless’ skin to become oily.

Don Hairless are prone to sunburn and should be kept indoors. The breed becomes cold easily and should be protected from draughts.

Don Hairless History

The Don Hairless was developed in Russia in 1987 when a breeder named Irina Kovalyova discovered a hairless cat in the city of Roston-on-Don. Kovalyova discovered that the hairless cat she had found was not related to the Sphinx, but resulted from a different genetic mutation.

The cat, named Vayra, was bred to Domestic Shorthairs and European Shorthairs to create kittens that carried the dominant hairless gene.

In 2005, the Don Hairless was recognized as the Donskoy in the U.S. by The International Cat Registry (TICA.

The Look of a Don Hairless

The ideal Don Hairless is medium-sized and has large ears. The cat is muscular, has almond-shaped eyes and long, webbed toes. They have an elegant appearance and strong boning. They come in a variety of colors.

Talk About Don Hairless 

Playful but not super smart

Mine are very loving, soft, and playful. They aren't as smart as other cats I've had, but big personalities make up for that. I have learned how easily cats get bruised.

I also learned that two females from the same litter have different food needs. Mine are four years old now and still very playful.

~Lena L., owner of a Don Hairless