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The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed that came from Russia. This breed came to life in 1987 with the discovery of a hairless cat in the city of Rostov-on-Don by cat breeder Elena Kovaleva. It is has no relation to the well known hairless breed of cat named the Sphynx, whose hairlessness is caused by a recessive gene, whereas the Don hairlessness is caused by a dominant gene.

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The Donskoy was first officially recognized by World Cat Federation (WCF) in 1997, and by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005. The standard of points describes the cat as being medium sized and muscular, with large ears, almond shaped eyes and distinctive long, webbed toes. They require frequent grooming, in spite of their lack of coat. Over-bathing can cause the skin to become very oily.






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