What is the difference between the varieties of naked cats?
Canadian, Peterbald, Don – all this is he, the Sphinx. The differences between these varieties of naked cats are not known to everyone. Let’s take a closer look at these mysterious animals.
The existence of an amazing breed of hairless cats, the so-called sphinxes, has long been known even to people far from felinology. But not every cat lover knows that there are several varieties of hairless breeds, namely: Canadian, St. Petersburg (Peterbold) and Don Sphinxes. What is the difference between these three breeds?
The names of the breeds were not accidental and give the key to one of the differences – the place and history of origin. The first steps in the selection of naked cats of this type were taken precisely in Canada, in the city of Ontario.
The progenitors of the Don Sphinxes appeared in Russia, in Rostov-on-Don. Accordingly, we are obliged to the Petersburg breeders by the appearance of Peterbalds. It is important to note that peterbolds are the product of targeted breeding work. Enthusiastic breeders bred the breed based on the other two – the Don Sphinx and the Oriental.
There are differences even at the genetic level. Interestingly, the “nakedness” of the Canadian sphinxes is determined by the recessive gene. In the Donetsk region (as well as in the Peterbalds made with their help), the dominant gene is responsible for this.
Outwardly, all breeds are fundamentally different from each other. If you put representatives of the three breeds side by side, then you can easily distinguish them. Canadian sphinxes are strong, muscular cats. The chest is rounded, wide. The belly is rounded. The paws of Canadians are strong, muscular. Peterbald is a light, elegant cat with a long body, on long, thin legs. Donchaks have a strong skeleton, a massive wide body and a noticeable tummy.
Don Sphinx. Almond-shaped eyes and high set straight ears
The head of the peterbold has a narrow, wedge-shaped shape, flat cheeks and a forehead are characteristic. Straight profile with a long nose. The Don Sphinx is also characterized by a wedge-shaped head, but for the Dons, cheekbones and eyebrows are also clearly defined.
The head of the Canadian is short and wide. The transition from forehead to nose (feet) is clearly expressed. The eyes of the Peterbald (like the Donchak) are almond-shaped, obliquely set, while the Canadian Sphinx is lemon-shaped, well open.
Peterbold’s calling card is its ears: large, wide at the base, set low, and set apart. The Canadian’s ears are the same outstanding, large and wide, but setting middle, straight. Something reminiscent of the alert ears of a service dog. The wide ears of the Don Sphinxes at the base are set higher and stand straight.
Peterbald: narrow, wedge-shaped head, flat cheeks and forehead, almond-shaped eyes and ears spread apart
Several types of skin cover of peterbolds can be distinguished: brush, brush point, velor, flock, naked and others. The Canadian is distinguished by the appearance of hairlessness, the skin that resembles the peach fruit by touch can be covered with a delicate, thin fluff. In Donetsk, the standard allowed a slight overgrown on the face, ears, limbs and tail.
However, there is a significant similarity between these three breeds. All cats have a wonderful character. They are friendly, non-aggressive, playful and affectionate. Representatives of all three breeds have good health. But the main thing is that each of them will become a wonderful friend and a full member of your family.