Other names : Don Sphynx, Don Hairless

Photo: adult cat of Donskoy breed
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Life expectancy

The Donskoy has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 10 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 7 lb
Male Between 9 and 11 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

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More details about the Donskoy

Donskoy: Origins and history

These cats are from Russia and their history dates back to 1987, the year that the original cat was discovered in the city of Rostov-on-Don. Elena Kovaleva found a kitten in a pitiful state and took her in, naming her Varvara. As Varvara grew up, she began to lose her hair gradually and Elena tried giving her treatments to stop it but nothing worked. A few years later, Varvara gave birth to a litter of kittens, some of which were completely naked and others had hair. Then, the kitten with hair began to lose it just like his mother. Elena contacted Irina Nemikina, a renowned Russian breeder, who adopted one of the kittens and made various crosses. As fully naked kittens appeared in each litter, Irina quickly understood that this was a dominant genetic mutation (unlike for the Sphynx) and the Donskoy was born.

Donskoy: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price for a Donskoy, however it will vary according to the lineage, breeding, age and even the sex. For your monthly budget you should allow on average £35 per month to cater to your cat’s needs, by offering them a quality diet and ensuring they stay healthy.

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