The Russian Peterbald, on average, weighs 3-4.5 kg and has a very slim and graceful frame. Its head is narrow and long, which adds to its lean look. Its large, bat-like ears and almond-shape eyes are some of the traits it has gotten from its Oriental parent breed. Its muzzle is wedge-shaped, and its tail is whip-like.
This kitty’s body may be lean but it is muscular, with agile oval paws. It is also distinctively “naked”—it lacks fur and thus has a hairless appearance. However, not all Peterbald kittens are fur-less. In fact, there are about 5 coat varieties of this cat. The ones with no hair, called ultra-bald, are born so and remain this way throughout its lifetime.
There is the Flock or Chamois-coated ones, which only have 10% hair, mostly found on its extremities. Then there’s the velour variants (70% hairless), which still look bald from a certain distance. There also are the brush-coated ones and the straight coats. The brush-coated ones have fur that can reach 5mm in length. However, such cats may lose some of its hair as they mature. The straight coats tend to keep the same kind of coat throughout its life though.
As for coat colours, it can be any of a wide variety of hues and patterns. Grooming involves weekly baths as this breed has no fur that can absorb its skin’s oils. This lack of hair also makes this cat attract dirt more easily than the average feline.
The average body temperature of the Peterbald cat is higher (105 degrees Fahrenheit) than average (100 degrees Fahrenheit or a little below).