The unique gene that causes the hair loss in Peterbalds expresses itself in varying degrees resulting in the 4 different coats which are bald, chamois, velour and brush. There is also a straight coat which is caused by the absence of the hair loss gene resulting in a normal coat like a Siamese or Oriental, these cats are called Peterbald Variants. Bald cats are completely naked on their bodies’ with just whiskers whereas a chamois is naked on its body, with a few flock hairs on the extremities – legs, tail and muzzle. Bald & chamois coats do require extra care as they build up a lot of oil on their nailbeds and their bodies can become greasy because they have no hairs to carry the oils away so they require weekly bathing. A velour coat is completely covered in short, 1-2mm flocked suede-like hair (also described as feeling like a peach skin). They may have longer, brushy hairs on their tails and legs. The brush coat is a longer hair – about 1cm long, and has a coarse, wiry texture with a kink. It is a very unique coat not seen in any other breed. The brush coat requires little to no grooming. Peterbalds are highly intelligent & social animals that form strong bonds with their families and other pets. They do not do well in homes as the only animal or homes where they will be left alone for long periods of time. If left alone they can become depressed and bored which can result in destructive behaviour.
They are a long-term commitment with a lifespan of 9 to 15 years. They measure approximately 21 cm from the floor to the shoulder, and 41cm from the top of the head to the base of the tail. They weigh between 3 to 5 kilograms with the males being generally larger.
Article Written By:
Aimee Hendriksz of Bell-Aimee Siamese, Oriental & Peterbalds