Don Sphynx are large, muscular and developed cats that have tender velvety skin, wrinkled and hot to the touch. The individuals of this breed have an average size, strong skeleton and elegant appearance. Such cats are characterized by activity and intelligence.
The standard allows the head of a wedge-shaped shape with sharply outlined cheekbones and superciliary ridges. Flat forehead with a lot of folds, arranged vertically. The nose is straight and has an average length, the transition to the forehead is indicated slightly. The head of the individual should not be short, round or narrow.
The muzzle is slightly rounded and has a small pinch. Curled vibrissae can be short or absent altogether. Strong teeth with long fangs, the upper dentition slightly visible from under the lip. A solid line of the chin.
Large ears are located high with a slight inclination forward. The tips of the ears have a rounded shape. The outer contours of the ears along the vertical line are visually a continuation of the head.
Small eyes have an almond-shaped incision, are set on an oblique line, open not very wide. The standard of the Don Sphynx allows for a different eye color.
The Don Sphinx has a large medium-length body, quite strong with observance of all proportions and the presence of visible folds – a cutaneous “surplus” in the underarm area. The shoulders are wider than the croup. A cat has a deep inguinal line. High body temperature – up to 42 С.
Don Sphynx has a proportional physique with long and slender legs, not quite elegant. Hind legs slightly longer than the forelegs. Fingers long enough and mobile.
The tail is quite long, does not have a bend.
The breed standard allows for elastic skin and numerous skin folds. The Don Sphinx can have a slight overgrowth of muzzle, ears, paws and tail tip (type of naked-born). Young individuals of this breed can be slightly overgrown, but to adult age the wool should disappear. Don Sphynx without wool cover is in great demand. The title to the brass colors is not appropriated if they have a stiff as a bristle hair, unevenly distributed throughout the body. This type of Donchans is used for breeding and allowed at exhibitions to the examination, but no more.
Crossing with other breeds
The Don Sphinx can interbreed with phenotypic aborigines who have been tested for the quality of offspring. If individuals of the type of the naked-born have been admitted to crossing, the degree of development of the vices increases.
The WCF standard allows any color for the representatives of the Don Sphynx breed. Examination does not distinguish the colors of tabby, tiger, marbled and spotted according to the drawing, since the figure does not clearly differ in the area of the back and sides. All colors are grouped in the tabby group. Acceptably different amounts of white. The main color sheet in the standard is a list of all the colors allowed in the breed.
The main disadvantages of the breed are:
- small size of the ears and their low landing,
- round eyes.
- small and weak body,
- indirect and short tail,
- the presence of a wool cover on the skin,
- a weak line of the chin,
- obvious strabismus,
The Don Sphynx is considered rejected because of the twisting of the eyelids and the obvious “neduskus”.