Petersburg (St. Petersburg Sphinx): breed description
Description of Peterbold reflected in breed standards.
Petersburg, or St. Petersburg sphinxes, many consider the embodiment of elegance.
In the photo: Peterbald
The head of the peterbold is long, narrow and somewhat elongated. Specialists especially appreciate the graceful transition of the head into a rather long neck. The shape of the neck of Peterbald resembles the neck of Nefertiti.
The nose of the Peterbold is straight and long, and the profile is proud.
The ears, like other sphinxes, are large, wide at the base. The tips of the ears look in different directions. The Sphinxes of St. Petersburg appreciate the so-called English ear-set, i.e. ears on which to place a sheet of paper.
Visually, the head and ears should resemble a sharp blade.
Vibrissae are often absent, but if they are, they have a convoluted shape.
Nature endowed Petersburgers with surprisingly beautiful eyes: a little slanting and almond-shaped. Eye color: green, yellow, blue or blue.
Peterbald is a medium sized cat. Cat weight: 3 - 3.5 kg, cat weight rarely exceeds 5 kg.
According to the description, the peterbold has an elongated body of a tubular shape. That is, if you look at the cat from above, the hips and shoulders will be the same width. The ribs are rounded and the groin line should not look matched.
The legs of the St. Petersburg sphinx are slender and rather long, the legs are round, the paw pads are thick. Crooked paws are considered a disadvantage.
The tail of the Peterbald is peculiar: long, thin from the base, without kinks.
The color of the St. Petersburg sphinx may be different. Especially valuable are cream, purple, chocolate kittens, as well as color point cats and particolors. But the one-color cat of breed Peterbald you will meet infrequently. Black, gray, red or white colors are the exception rather than the rule.
Peterbald is not necessarily completely naked. The options are:
- Brush. These kittens are born with hair, but in the process of growing up it falls out.
- Brush point. These kittens have shorter hair than in the previous case, but a fluffy tail. But with age, the hair remains only on the limbs and muzzle, sometimes on the tail.
- Velours. Small kittens have fur, but then it can remain on the muzzle and legs, and can disappear completely, leaving memories of themselves only in the form of “socks” or “golfs”.
- Flock. The kitten does not have a mustache and eyebrows, and the length of the hair is a maximum of 2 mm.
- Well-born. As the name implies, such a Peterbald kitten is born completely bald. At the same time, special skin secretions create the impression of a rubber body.
- Flatcoat. The fur and mustache are completely ordinary, and they remain so in an adult cat.