Don Sphynx - DSX
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Don Sphynx is the result of a spontaneous mutation that originated in the city of Rostov-on-Don in Russia in 1987. The gene occurring from this spontaneous mutation is dominant and resulted in the first truly hairless cat.
Top of head
Medium sized modified wedge with finely outlined cheekbones and eyebrows. Slightly longer than broad. The forehead is flat with many vertical wrinkles between the ears.
Muzzle and chin
The muzzle is clearly defined, of medium length in proportion to head size, slightly rounded, with a slight whisker break. Well-developed jaws, strong chin.
Shows a definite curve to the straight nose of medium length.
Medium to rather large in size, slanted. In totally hairless cats may be half-closed, but should be fully opened when staring. Open eyes are preferred. Eyebrows may be whole, broken or totally absent.
The ears are medium large, set upright and slightly tilted forward, with slightly rounded tips. Deeply cupped but still broad enough at base. The outer edge of the ears continues the vertical lines of the head. The distance between the ears is not larger than an ear's width. The inside is totally hairless.
Size and boning
Medium to medium-large in size. Dense, muscular. Strong-boned, with wide breast and croup.
The torso is of medium length with a straight back. The rump is wider than the shoulders; the belly appears full but not fat.
Medium in length in proportion to body size, rounded and well muscled.
Legs and paws
The legs are of medium length and muscular. The paws are slightly rounded with long toes (monkey fingers).
The tail is long and straight with a rounded tip.
The skin is elastic, completely naked or covered in a slight fine down.
All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
Special breed faults
Too short or round head.
Normal straight coat
Any outcross to other hairless breeds, is prohibited.