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Don Hairless is a breed of unusual appearance, with a very affective nature and willingness to interact with family members. This breed is known for its activity and a need for attention. Extra cuddles are everything that this breed needs.
Don Hairless has often compared to Sphynx, due to their appearance.
This breed is an excellent addition to families, singles with pets, and to those who want an indoor car that will enjoy indoor games and playtime.
Don Hairless owners describe this breed as intelligent, gentle, and active. This is muscular, a medium-sized cat with a maximum of 12 inches and not more than 15lb in weight if feed properly. Obesity in cats is a rising problem in the States, so maintaining the cat’s proper weight should be imperative.
Don Hairless History
Don Hairless is originally from Russia. Russian in origin, this beautiful cat dates back to 1987. Breeder Elena Kovaleva discovered this breed in Rostov-on-Don.
Many claim that this breed is similar to another famous cat breed named Sphynx, but so far, there is no proof that these breeds are linked.
Don Hairless is actually hairless due to a dominant gene, while the famous Sphynx is hairless due to a recessive gene. Don Hairless got its appearance thanks to selective breeding.
In 1997 the breed was officially recognized by the World Cat Federation. A few years later, in 2005, Don Hairless was recognized by the International Cat Association.
Don Hairless Traits
Don Hairless is a friendly, intelligent, and loving cat that loves exploring her surroundings. This breed is known for its vivid nature and ability to entertain themself making up its own games and expressing playfulness with or without toys. With their people, Dons are loyal, easily handles, and affectionate.
They may be a little upset during nail trimming or injections at the veterinarian’s office. Your Don will love spending every minute with you. They may act as a true shadow.
As long as you care for them right and provide more than enough love, these cats will adore you. Unlike other cats, Dons will respond to voice commands.
They love having a quiet place to rest, but they don’t like being left alone, especially for a longer time. Some cats may be susceptible to loneliness and may develop anxiety. Dons have a high need for social interaction.
Don Hairless Physical Appearance
Don Hairless is a medium-long with a well-built body and nowhere near as delicate as it may appear. These cats have a so-called fatty belly, which tends to get ample during the winter months and slim up in warmer weather.
Their front legs are shorter, while the overall body is pear-shaped. The ears are quite open and large, standing alert and erect.
A Don’s skin will feel like warm velvet to the touch with pronounced wrinkles under the cat’s chin and around the cheeks and jowls.
Extra wrinkles are present between the ears and down the forehead, and in the breast area. The tail is long and straight and narrows to a slender tip.
Dons can be found in all color variations. The listed coat types include Rubber Bald, Brush, Velour, and Flocked. They are born with a coat that falls out within two months to 2 years. Some cats may even grow fine wool on their chest and at the end of their tail in winter.
Don Hairless Grooming
You must think that a cat without fur must have some special grooming requirement, right? If so, you would be right, because Dones have special grooming needs. Their skin is easily damaged by the sun, so they cannot live outdoors.
In a way, just like humans, their skin can tan. They will also sweat and can suffer from a build-up of oil on their skin, which can be transferred to furniture and other surfaces.
These cats should be bathed once a week, but before you make it a habit talk to your veterinarian first. They do enjoy the water and will play while bathing.
Living With Don Hairless
Don Hairless owners claim that this breed is an ideal human companion. They also claim that this breed can thrive with experienced cat owners, especially due to their delicate grooming requirements.
Don Hairless grooming needs can seem complicated for first-time cat owners and, overall, too much work.
Don Hairless are perfect indoor pets. They are affectionate and interactive with their owners, so playtime and humor are guaranteed. Still, they must be wiped down daily with a damp cloth to remove sweat.
Are Hairless Cats Hypoallergenic?
It’s a common belief that hairless cats are hypoallergenic. Lack of hair must mean that they are hypoallergenic, right? Well, not, because, in general hairless cats are far from being hypoallergenic.
They do produce the protein Fel d1, an allergen found in dander and saliva secretions, which can cause reactions in those sensitive to cats.
However, they do secrete lower amounts of this protein, so there is less sticking around on couches and carpets, which is why some people with allergies may be able to tolerate living with a hairless cat.
Don Hairless Nutrition
Hairless cats have fast metabolism compared to non-hairless ones. Cats with faster metabolism must eat a bit more than other cats.
The reason for this is based on the fact that they have to work harder to stay warm, which is why they are active. Make sure you choose healthy cat food and provide enough fresh water every day.
Water should be accessible and fresh as much as possible. Cats love freshwater, and if you forget to refill it daily (or more times per day), she just may end up in your sink, treating herself with the freshest water source.
If you have a dog as well, don’t mix their food. Cats are carnivores, and they need specially designed cat food to get the necessary nutrition. When eating dog food, cats aren’t taking anything healthy that can help them feel full and healthy.
Sensitivity To Temperatures
As mentioned earlier, hairless cats like Don Hairless are sensitive when it comes to temperatures. They do get sunburnt, and they do get cold.
All in, they are sensitive to both the cun and the cold. These cats should have a sweater on during lower temperatures to help them stay warm.
During the warm days, cats, in general, should have a shade to hide and limited sun exposure to non-peak hours, which can help them stay healthy. Never use sunscreen for humans on a cat.
Are Hairless Cats Good Pets?
Not that hairless cats are good pets, but they are excellent pets. They may look unusual or quirky, but underneath all those wrinkles is a pure heart filled with love. They are incredibly affectionate, curious, and good-natured. They are calm, tender, and love cuddles.
Famous Hairless Cat Breeds
People have heard about the Sphynx cat, but there is another breed as well, that are born with wrinkles.
- Sphynx: this a sweet and enthusiastic cat, who loves being around people. Not all Sphynx are completely hairless, and they can experience a wide range of varying skin patterns.
- Peterbald: a curious, intelligent, and elegant cat with a strong social side. Sphynx and Peterbald’s main difference is that the gene that governs their hairless trait is dominant, rather than recessive, compared to Sphynx. They may also have different coat types and more delicate bone structure that Sphynx.
- Donskoy: more wrinkled than the Sphynx, this unusual cat has a sweet personality and loves people.
- Minskin: this breed is knowns for its short legs and big personality. This is a truly outgoing cat with a more dense coat around the face, ears, legs, and tail.
- Elf Cat: unique ears are what makes this cat so unusual. A mix of Sphynx and American curl, this breed is social, active, and playful. Just like other hairless breeds, they tend to be affectionate, outgoing, and loyal.
The Bottom Line
Don Hairless is one of the sweetest cat breeds out there. This breed may have an unusual appearance, but they have a very useful nature and a soft spot for people in their life.
This breed needs a lot of love, proper care, and consistent grooming. As long as this cat lives inside and you provide her proper nutrition, natural care, and cuddles, you will have a healthy and happy cat.
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