Truly an ET-type cat, the Donskoy is an intelligent and loving cat from Russia. The founding mother was found in Rostov-on-Don in 1987 by an Elena Kovaleva, although sometimes this spelling is changed. At first, thinking she was ill, the little female whom the residents called Varvara, or Varya, thrived, and eventually became the mother founder of two hairless cat breeds: the Donskoy and the Peterbald. The Donskoy is also called the Don Sphynx, the Russian Hairless, and the Don Hairless. ,
Good-natured and gentle, the Donskoy is great to hold and touch. With a built-in and irrepressible curiosity, the Donskoy is definitely a social cat that responds to voice commands. As such, this Russian hairless Cat definitely needs a companion. This cat loves to eat. They have a wide appetite and will favor everything from a piece of uncooked potato to spaghetti.
The Donskoy is not a hairless cat; it is a short-haired cat. It comes in four different types of coats; these are the Rubber Bald, Flocked, Velour, and Brush. All but one results in hairlessness. The Rubber Bald is born bald and stays that way. The Flocked has a coat that feels like chamois. It, too, can become bald. The Velour is born with a Monk's Cap on the top of their head. All of their hair falls out over time. The Brush is the only Donskoy whose coat does not fall out entirely. They will often have bald areas on the head, upper neck, and the back. Wrinkles are everywhere on the Donskoy; their elastic skin, which feels like suede or leather, is very warm to the touch due to their high body temperature. Their body is pear-shaped; the result of a "fatty belly" that accumulates fat in the winter. The Don Sphynx is not a delicate cat; it is sturdy and muscular. Males get much bigger and more muscular than females. The back legs are longer than the front and their toes are webbed. This Don Hairless cat has almond-shaped eyes and enormous ears, giving it an old, alien appearance. It has "monkey hands," so that the thumbs bend toward the paw pads.
Donskoys cannot live in drafty places since they have no coats. Accordingly they cannot be an outside cat. Their skins must be monitored for scratches and cuts since they have no coats. Donskoys can tan and are at risk for sunburn. Because they are hairless, this hairless cat should be wiped once a day with a cloth and bathed weekly. Additionally, they need their ears cleaned on a regular basis.