Don Sphynx black tabby & white
Abrakadabra's Alina
Breeder: Nina Kovaleva-Feinstein, Abrakadabra's cattery, Uetersen, Germany

Don Sphynx come in all colours and patterns, which one can imagine, with white and without white, with silver or in golden, with tabby pattern and with points.

  • white
  • black, blue
  • chocolate, lilac
  • red, cream
  • cinnamon, fawn
  • tortie, blue-cream
  • chocolate tortie, lilac tortie. etc.
Don Sphynx tortieshell
  • All those colours can also have all tabby patterns, for example black spotted, red mackerel, blue-cream blotched, and so on.
  • All those colours can appear with silver or with golden, for example blue smoke, black golden shaded, blue golden mackerel, red silver blotched, chocolate tortie silver spotted, cream silver mackerel, and so on.
  • And all those colours can also be with white (bicolour, Van, etc.), for example black and white bicolour, red and white Van, tortie mackerel bicolour, cream smoke with white, black silver blotched bicolour, and so on.
  • And - last but not least - all those colours can also appear with points, with white or without white, as silver or golden pointed, tabby pointed, and so on.

There exist hundreds of colours and pattern combinations, and all those varieties can be admired on shows.


Don Sphynx black tabby
My Toy cattery, tabby kittens
Breeder: Natalia Volosova, My Toy cattery, Moscow, Russia
One will ask now, how it is possible to see all those colours and patterns on a cat without hairs.
One can see the colours on the skin, the skin has the colour tone of the colour, just paler, for example black does not appear as coal-black, it appears as light anthrazit, blue appears as pale grey with a slight blue tinge. Silver appears like "pepper and salt", mostly one can see the difference when one compares a black cat with a black smoke cat, there is a difference in the colour tone of the skin. Also the points can be seen quite clear, because the skin is darker coloured where the points are.
With the tabby patterns it's tricky, mostly one can see if it is a tabby cat or not, but which tabby pattern is quite difficult to decide. Mostly one can see the tabby markings on the face, the front legs and the tail. Sometimes the spots on the stomach remain, but not always.
But, first you have the pedigree, second when the kittens are born, the pattern can be seen quite clear, when the kittens grow up the pattern sometimes gets blurred.
Don Sphynx naked and velour
naked and velour
  • Remarks:
    Some kittens might be born with fluffy hairs, which are lost during the growth of the kittens.

Don Sphynx red tabby
red tabby

You find a detailed history and interesting articles at My Toy's cattery.


Standard CCA
Standard FIFe
recognized as "provisional breed"
Standard TICA
The breed is called here Donskoy (Don Hairless) and recognized as "preliminary new breed".
Standard WCF
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Breed profile

The Don Sphynx is a medium sized quite compact cat with medium head shape. The main characteristic is its hairlessness.

The head forms a medium long wedge, the cheekbones are high and prominent, the forehead is flat, the muzzle is broad and rounded with a slight pinch. When viewed in profile the nose is medium long and straight, the base of the nose is very slight defined. The eyebrows and whiskers are stiff and crinkled.
The eyeball is prominent, the eyes are medium-sized and oval. All eye colours are permitted.
The ears are large and very broad at the base, the tips are rounded, the ears are set high with a slight forward tilt.

The body is medium long, compact and very well muscled. The rump is quite strong and rounded, the belly is strong with accumulated fat.
The legs are long and strong with relatively large paws, the paws have long prominent toes, the paw pads are large and prominent.
The tail is long and strong.

The main characteristic is, that the Don Sphynx does not have any hairs. The skin is soft, elastic and very warm to touch. The skin is wrinkled on the head, on the forehead, around the neck, underneath the legs and on the groin.



The first Don Sphynx was found in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 1987 by Elena Kovaleva, a professor on the Institute of Pedagogic. Boys were playing with a bag, in which a little kitten was screaming. When the kitten grew up it started to become balder and balder, loosing all its hairs completely. The kitten was a blue-cream female, named Varvara.
Elena Kovaleva with Varvara
Elena Kovaleva with Varvara

It was Mrs. Irene Nemykina (MIF cattery, MIF means Myth), who has got a daughter of Varvara, which she named Chita (after the monkey from the TV-movies), and who developed today's Don Sphynx.

For breeding purposes European Shorthair and Siberian were crossed in to widen the gene pool. And always it turned out that the Don Sphynx dominantly inherits it hairlessness. Since 2000 there are no outcrosses anymore, and the Don Sphynx exists in more than 5 pure bred generations already.



The Don Sphynx has an extremely lovely and gentle temperament. As every Sphynx breed they are slightly selective towards other cat breeds, they are absolutely devoted to their owners and want to be their number one.
They like to play with everything, never scratch, and are always kind.



In colder seasons their skin gets thicker, they accumulate fat under the skin, which disappears when it gets warmer. Sphynx cats like it warm at home. Treatment is rather easy, simply wash their skin from time to time with a mild baby shampoo.


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