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Don Sphinx - Donskoy

The Don Sphinx is a medium sized naked cat. The body is solid, but not coarse, and medium in length.
Legs are medium long, relatively strong, but slender. Paws are rounded, the toes are noticeably long and the paw pads are very prominent, which look like air cushions.
The bone structure is medium strong. The cat is very muscular, muscles are firm to touch.
The back rises slightly towards the rump, because the hind legs are higher than the front legs.
The chest is full, broad and rounded, shoulders and hips are broad and strong.
The tail is medium long and rather thin, broader at the base.

Don Sphynx

The head of the Don Sphinx is not too long and wedge shaped with prominent and high cheek bones. The forehead is flat with many vertical wrinkles.
The nose is medium long and straight and shows a gentle curve at the base. The muzzle is broad, medium long and round, and has a  "whisker break".
The neck is strong, not too short, wrinkles around the neck reaching down to the shoulders.
The ears are large, broad and open at the base. They are relatively upright set on the head.
The eyes are medium in size and almond shaped. They may have any colour, there is no relation between the colour of the skin and the eye colour. Wrinkles may be found around the eyes.
The eye brows and the whiskers are very stiff and crinkled. It is important that the Don Sphinx has whiskers. There are lines, where kittens are born without whiskers, such cats shall not be used for breeding.

Don Sphynx: Head


The Don Sphinx is a naked cat.
There are at least 4 types of "coat":

bulletcompletely naked,
bulletwith extremely thin and very fine hairs (flocked), which disappear in the first year,
bulletwith fine wavy down (velour, about 2 mm), mostly with bare patches on the head and the neck, the down disappears with two years, some few fine hairs may remain in the face (on the nose), on the legs and the tail,
bulletand the "brush"-variety, which has short, slightly stiff and irregularly wired hairs. These hairs mostly remain.
naked velour brush
naked velour (fine hairs, about 2mm long) brush

The skin is very warm, soft and very elastic. The fat layer adapts to the seasons, i.e. it is thicker in winter.
Wrinkles are on the forehead, around the eyes, on the neck reaching down to the shoulders, on the belly and the rump, on the legs and at the base of the tail.

Don Sphynx: naked and flocked Left: naked, blue tabby

Right: flocked (velour), black tabby

Don Sphynx: brush Brush: black tabby
Pictured with permission of Mrs. Sofia Krasnoselskaya, RU.

All colours and patterns

The Don Sphinx exists in all colours and patterns:

bulletblack, blue chocolate, lilac, red, cream, cinnamon, fawn
bullettortoise, blue-cream, chocolate tortie, lilac tortie, fawn tortie
bulletin all tabby patterns, for example: black spotted, red mackerel, blue-cream tabby, etc.
bulletwith silver or as Golden, for example: blue smoke, tortie smoke, blue-cream smoke, black golden shaded, blue golden mackerel, red silver tabby, chocolate tortie silver spotted, cream silver mackerel, etc.
bulletwith white (Bicolor, Van, etc.), for example: black-white bicolour, red-white Van, tortie mackerel bicolour, cream smoke with white, black silver tabby bicolour, etc.
bulletalso in Colourpoint, with white and without white, silver- or Golden-pointed, tabby pointed, etc.

The colour can be seen by the colour of the skin. Mostly it can be recognized in kittens, which tabby pattern they have.
The colour black appears as dark grey-blue or anthracite.
Bicolour - the white patches - appears pale pink on the skin.
The points can be seen clearly, the skin on the body is pale pink, only the skin of the face, the ears, the legs and of the tail is coloured with the point colour.
Also silver can be seen quite well, the colour of the skin appears like "pepper and salt".

Abrakadabra's Alina Abrakadabra's Alina
Breeder: Nina Kovaleva-Feinstein,
Abrakadabra's cattery,
Uetersen, Germany


The first Don Sphinx was found in February 1986 by Elena Kovaleva, a professor of the institute of education, in Rostov-na-Donu gefunden. Boys were playing with a bag, in which a little kitten cried terribly. As the kitten grew up it lost completely its coat and became balder and balder. The little cat was a tortie female and was named Varvara.
Mrs Irina Nemikina (MIF cattery, MIF means Mythos) got a tortie tabby daughter of Varvara resulting from a cross breeding with Vasilii (European Shorthair male, blue tabby bicolour), which she named Chita (after the monkey of the TV-film). Chita was mated with the male Dima (European Shorthair, black tabby) and got a black Don Sphinx son, called Hannibal.
Mrs Nemikina developed today's breed of Don Sphinx. To enlarge the gene pool European Shorthair and Siberian cats were used in the breeding program. It turned out very soon that the hairlessness of the Don Sphinx was inherited dominantly. Since 2000 other breeds are not used any longer in the breeding program, because there are already Don Sphinx with five or more purebred generations.

The Don Sphinx was first recognized by TICA in 2003. It was followed by WCF. In FIFe the breed got a provisional status in 2007, and since 1.1.2011 it was fully recognized.

My Toy cattery My Toy cattery
Breeder: Natalia Volosova,
My Toy cattery,
Moscow, Russia


Don Sphinx exist due to a natural mutation.
The bareness is inherited dominantly.

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