SPHYNX: Body is shorter, rounded abdomen and heavier than Peterbald's body.
Often people ask: "What is the difference between a Peterbald and a Sphynx." Most people look at the cats and think "no hair - must be the same breed." This is not so! They are both hairless, but for different genetic reasons. The gene that makes the Peterbald hairless is a dominant gene. Whereas the gene that makes the Sphynx bald is a recessive gene. They have a completely different look too.
The Peterbald breed was created in 1994 in St. Petersburg, Russia by
That was experimental mating of a Don Hairless and an Oriental Shorthair.
These orientals type of hairless cats was named "Peterbalds" and became very popular.
In 1996, the breed was adopted in the Russian Selectional Feline Federation (SFF) and given a standard and an abbreviation (PBD).
In 1997 it was adopted in The International Cat Association (TICA) with the abbreviation PD, and in 2003 in the World Cat Federation (WCF) with the abbreviation PBD. Other used handles of the breed are PTB, PD, and PSX. The International Cat Association (TICA) accepted the Peterbald into championship competition in 2005
These days the breed develops in the direction of modern Oriental and Siamese types, that is to say, a long muzzle, large set-apart ears, flat cheekbones, and an elegant body on long legs. The abbreviations PD, PTB, and PBD mean Peterbald. It's used by Associations.
The abbreviation PSX means Petersburg sphynx.
SPHYNX: bald sticky, because skin produces more oil, but when it clean as a warm peach. They have a lot more wrinkles. They also have soft skin that feels like chamois leather.
PETERBALD: Long, elongated, inverted triangle. Ears are extra large. Eyes are an almond shape. The profile is straight with the slight angle from forehead to nose, kinky whiskers. The neck is long and slender.
PETERBALD: long, narrow, and graceful. Shoulders and hips are equal in width. Legs: long, medium-fine boned. Firm muscles. Straight vertical forelegs. Hind legs are slightly longer than front legs. Musculature: firm and well-developed.
SPHYNX: has a much shorter, wider face, lemon-shaped eyes. No whiskers and well-muscled neck.
The cats' skin is thin and fine, wrinkled, slightly moving along the body.
The Peterbald cats can either have Bald or Hairy coats:
Ultra Bald - completely hairless without whiskers.
Flock or Chamois - a little fussy and the feels like a peach.
Velour - as velour, textured feel.
Brush or Straight - quite varied, but hair is stiff.