Hairless cats definitely have a unique look to them, but they have a devoted group of fans. Why? Well, they’re super smart—some people even argue that they’re more intelligent than other breeds.
Well, we’re not going to take sides—but we have gathered together some of our favorite hairless cat breeds below. From Peterbalds to the super-rare Elfs, these are the hairless cats you should know about.
Looking for a kitty that gives you vibes of a Siamese, minus the fluff? Then the Peterbald may be right up your alley. This kitty is super sweet and friendly and loves to give a good cuddle.
They’re also a bit pooch-like in their desire to greet you at the door after work (doesn’t that feel nice?), chirp at you, and perhaps even follow you around a bit.
Just remember to always have extra cat food on hand—this breed has a really fast metabolism and will need to consume more than their friends with fur.
This hairless breed is classified as a dwarf, mostly because it’s a cross between the Munchkin and the Sphynx and has short (but cute) legs. They tend to run on the small side (around 4.9 to 8.8 pounds), so you can practically fit one in your pocket.
According to Cat Breed List, they’re also very into family time—so long as it involves plenty of cuddles and playtime. You can even trust them around kids and other pets as they’re fairly friendly and laid-back with everyone.
There’s no doubt that the Sphynx is the most well-known of the hairless cat breeds—which isn’t surprising once you see that mesmerizing mug.
The story goes that in the 1960s in Canada, a naturally occurring genetic mutation caused a cute, hairless kitty to be born, and from there the beloved Sphynx came to be—mystical, magical, and sweet as pie.
These cats can come in a variety of hues and patterns, are sturdy and healthy, and sometimes, according to the Cat Fancier’s Association, can have a bit of fine down fur that makes them super pettable like a peach. Plus, they’re very affectionate, love to show off, and are happy to hang with other furry creatures—even dogs!
4. Ukrainian Levkoy
Though this is a hairless breed that is not recognized by international cat fancier and breeder organizations—they are very beloved by clubs in Russia and Ukraine. Their appearance is fascinating, with inward-folding ears, wrinkled and soft skin, and long, elegant bodies. They’re actually a cross between Donskoy cats and Scottish Folds—which explains their unique good looks.
Something else that’s interesting about these felines? They show notable sexual dimorphism, with males growing significantly larger than females. They also are known to be friendly and playful, making wonderful family members.
But they are still difficult to find in the United States—so you may have to wait a bit to welcome your own into your house.
This hairless breed comes with a few different names—Don Sphynx, Russian Donskoy, Don hairless and Russian hairless. It takes a pretty special feline to have that many monikers, and this kitty lives up to that. They boast oversized ears, almond-shaped eyes, and medium-sized, muscular bodies and come from Russia (if you hadn’t already guessed).
According to Petful there are four different coat types that these kitties can rock:
- Rubber bald: when they’re born bald and stay that way
- Flocked: looks hairless but feels super soft—and may eventually become bald
- Velour: sporting a bald spot on their head, but hair may remain on their face, legs, and tail
- Brush: they have some hair, but bald spots may happen occasionally
Plus, these cats are super affectionate and sweet, which probably contributes to an always-growing popularity.
These hairless cuties are an extremely rare hybrid of the Sphynx and the American Curl—made even more special by their unique elf-like ears. They’ve also retained the best parts about each breed, and are known to be exceptionally friendly and affectionate (and smart!).
Since they’re so social, it’s great to have another kitty in the house for them to play with (and lots of toys), though they’re still liable to get into lots of mischief and climb all over everything you own. Just make sure they stay indoors since their skin isn’t made for the exposure they’ll get in the Great Outdoors.
A few more things worth knowing about hairless cats:
Just because you won’t be brushing super long locks doesn’t mean they don’t need grooming. You’ll need to wipe down their skin to help absorb the excess oil and even give them baths every couple of weeks.
Because they don’t have the natural protection of fur, hairless cats need help against the elements if they’re ever outside. Find them a cute sweater for when it’s chilly outside and apply sunscreen on sunny days.
Despite having no fur, these hairless breeds are not completely hypoallergenic. They still have kitty saliva, which is what most people are allergic to.
And lastly: yes, they make really excellent friends.