Peterbald - PBD

This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.


The Peterbald is a hairless cat of Oriental type. It was developed by crossing Oriental typed cats with the Russian Donskoy, which has a hair losing gene. 






Top of head 

Wedge-shaped and long. The wedge starts at the nose and broadens on both sides in unbroken lines to the ear base. Top of head is slightly convex or almost flat viewed from the front. 


Muzzle and chin 

The cheek bones are high set and narrow, the cheeks flat. The muzzle is fine, without expressed whisker pads. 
The strong chin forms a vertical line with the flat nose leather. 


The profile is a long straight line or a slightly convex line from the top of the head to the tip of the nose 


The eyes are almond-shaped, set wide apart and not deep. The distance between the eyes is not less than one eye width. The eyes are set at a slant, with the outer corners of the eyes set clearly higher than the inner corners. The eye set and aperture harmoniously match the wedge shape of the head and produce the typical oriental look of the breed.
The colour is green for solid coloured cats and intense blue for colourpointed cats. 



Very large, set wide apart and wide open. 
The inner edges are firm, not hanging. They run both up and sidewise, without lying horizontally, continuing the lines of the wedge
The tips are in fact slightly rounded but appear to be pointed. They point far to the sides. The outer ear edges are firm without visible bends. They run down slantwise as low as not to distort the ear shape.  





Size and boning 

Medium to large sized but elegant, slender and muscular. Females are smaller than males. 



Tubular, elongated. The rib cage and the shoulders are not wider than the hips. The contours of the back and the belly/groin are straight, almost parallel. 



Long and slender, slightly curved (swan neck). 

Legs and paws 

The legs are long and slender, straight set. 
The paws are dainty and oval, with long toes.   


Very long, whippy, thin at the base and ends in a pointed tip.  






Multiple wrinkles on the head desirable, but not obligatory, not so many on the body. Whiskers are desirable.  
Naked: Soft, elastic, totally hairless and may feel sticky, or covered with a slight fine peach fuzz.  
Velour: Fine velour/velvet and very soft coat without guard hair. 
Brush: Sparse, wiry coat with an irregular texture. Skin may be visible through the coat. It may be dense, wiry, short, wavy or kinky.  It should not have the appearance or texture of a normal shorthair coat and can get a certificate if the hairs are sparse enough but not higher than CAC. Without any certificate if full brush coat is covering the whole body. 



All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is allowed.


See general part. 





Special breed faults 

Unharmonious broken lines of the profile and of the head.
Ears in the shape of a butterfly wing. 
Small eyes.
Rounded eyes.
Straight set of eyes.
Short strong neck. 
Extremely dainty type.
Forelegs not straight.
Short legs.
Short tail.
Too strong boning.
Cow hocks.
Sidewise flat and deep rib cage, breast line clearly lower than belly line.
Visible skin flap in the groin region, weak hanging lower back.
Total absence of head wrinkles. 


Without certificates 

Weak hanging ears (with the exception of kittens).
Concave lumbar part and other clear signs of weak ligaments
Yellow eye colour in solid cats and non blue eye colour in pointed cats.
Normal coat.  



Cross eyed/squint.
Too deep set of eyes. 



Young cats can have residual down hair on the face, tail and legs/paws, which is to disappear by the age of 2 years. 



SIA, OSH, OLH, BAL. Any outcross to other hairless breeds is forbidden.