THE PETERSBURG SPHYNX
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Naked cats were first mentioned
in antiquity. It is assumed that they first appeared at the Aztec civilization.
For the first time, naked cats were shown on an exhibition in 1924. These
were the Mexican Hairless cats, a breed that nowadays is considered to
be extinct. In 1966, in Canada, a domestic cat gave birth to a naked kitten.
Until the end of the '80s the Canadian Sphynx was oficially recognized
as a unique breed. In 1987 Elena Kovaleva found a half-naked cat in the
streets of Rostov-na-Donu. After a visit to the vet, the cat was found
to be absolutely healthy and was named Varvaroy. This was the first Don
Sphynx cat. Out of the mating with a common cat named Vasily was born
a kitten named Chita. Irina Nemykina took this kitty and started a breeding
programm for this new naked breed. For the first time Don Sphynx cats
were shown at an exhibition in 1993, but the breed was oficially recognized
only in 1998. One of the first Don Sphynx kittens to be sold was Afynogen
Myth. The breeding of Peterbald cats was started in Sankt Petersburg by
Olga Mironova by mating Afynogen Myth with a very classy Oriental Shorthair
cat named Radma von Jagerhof. This is how the Petersburg Sphynx (the younger
brother of the Don Sphynx) appeared on the world. Olga Mironova is the
author and developer of this new breed. Nowadays, the Petersburg Sphynx
is the youngest breed of Sphynx cats. As well as any Sphynx, the Peterbald
has an exotic appearance, but its unusual grace and refinement makes him
differ from the strong, dense Don Sphynx. This new breed inherited the
unusual grace, the wedge-shaped head and a great variety of colours from
its Siamese and Orientals relatives. Petersburg Sphynx come in a great
variety of colours: black, red, tortie, and the rare lilac, cream chocolate
and "pointed colours" (like at Siamese cats). The appearance
of the Petersburg Sphynx is really exotic: velvet-like skin, huge ears
and long toes on paws (a characteristic feature fo all Sphynx cats). But
such unique slanting eyes, full of mysticism cannot be found at any other
Sphynx breed. The maintenence of the Petertbald is very simple. Because
they have no fur, you won't find cat hair all over the furniture and on
your clothes. It is necessary to bathe your Peterbald on a regular basis.
Their skin is similar to the human skin. My cats enjoy to be washed and
they give their paws to be cleaned. Because their skin can easily get
sunburn, they are not allowed to stay much in the sun. When somebody asks
me which is the difference between Don Sphynx and Petersburg Sphynx, I
answer that these two breeds differ only in exterior, in their appearance.
Their character is very similar, no wonder they are called "brothers".
The Sphynx is capable to fascinate anyone. It is extraordinary tender
and absolutely deprived of aggression or rancour towards people or other
animals. Obviously, under the influence of the mutation cardinally changing
his appearance, something also happened with its mentality. Peterbald
is not a cat anymore! In it there is something from a dog, from obezjanki
and from humans. The Sphynx has incorporated all the best characteristics.
Surprisingly as it might seem, the Petersburg Sphynx can understand words
very well, so communicating with it gives huge pleasure. Usually the kittens
repeat the actions of the grown-ups, so there is no need to explain them
where they should grind their claws. Peeled armchairs or wallpapers are
not common with Sphynx cats. Also the kittens very quickly learn how to
use the litter box. They observe their mother and repeat what she does.
The Petersburg Sphynx gets on perefectly with the other animals in the
house (dog, rabbit or even a rat). I know cases when Sphynx played with
the rabbit. Usually all adults help raising the kittens: they clean eachother,
play and sleep together in a basket. When the onwer sits in an armchair,
they all gather in his lap. If the Sphynx is raised as the only cat in
the house, all his love and affection is focused towards the owner. But
Sphynx cats are like chips - once you got one, you need to take another
one and another one and... Probably therefore, the majority Petersburg
Sphynx owners have at least two. At Peterbald cats the parental instinct
is very well developed. Usually females which have kittens at the same
time, raise the kittens together. Kittens are born strong enough and they
grow and develop quickly. They open their eyes on the 2nd to 4th day from
their birth. Absolutly naked kittens are more gentle than "brush".
Kittens can be born in three varieties: absolutely naked (like "rubber"),
velour (flock) and "brush". The "brush" variety is
an unusual cat who has partialy grown bald, but covered with curly, rigid
residual hairs. "Brush" cats can also participate in cat shows,
but without the right of receiving titles. They often are used in the
breeding program, especially in combination with absolutely naked cats.
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