If you love cats, but do not want to deal with excessive shedding, there are many cat breeds that are hairless or who have short fur that hardly shed. Also, you do not have to worry about grooming your pet, so a lot of work is reduced from taking care of your cat. Here is a list of some of the best breeds of hairless and short-furred cats that I would recommend during your search.
One of the most popular breeds of hairless cats is the Canadian Sphynnx cat. Many people believe that the Sphnnx is of Egyptian descent, but it is simply a result of efforts to breed cats that are hairless. It has only been a century since this cat first made its appearance; first developed in the 1970s through crosses of hairless cats with Rex cats. The Sphynx usually weighs 6-12 pounds, females being smaller, and come in all different sorts of colors and patterns. The Sphynx is curious and smart, and loves to cuddle with its owner to stay warm.
The Peterbald is a cat of Russian origin. They are the more unpredictable cats because they have a hair-losing gene, so they can either be born with a coat or hairless. However, those who are born with fur eventually lose their hair overtime. The Peterbald is slim, muscular, and with almond shaped eyes. This breed of cat is affectionate, energetic, sweet-tempered, curious and smart. They love following their owners around and they also get along well with other pets, cats, and children.
3. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex was discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK in the 1960s. Although once believed to be a genetically related to the Cornish Rex and German Rex, it was found to be untrue. However, the Devon Rex does have similar curly, thin fur as the Cornish Rex. Devon Rex is usually called "pixie cat" or "alien cat" because of their uncommonly large, slightly rounded ears, which are set low on the side of their wide heads. They also have large eyes and a slightly upturned nose. These cats are mischievous, playful, trainable, smart, and people oriented. They can be trained to walk on a leash, fetch, and perform tricks.
Under the International Cat Association's standard, the Bambino cat is considered an experimental breed, however they are becoming popular. Bambino translates to "baby" in Italian, as the cat's appearance always looks like a kitten. The Bambino has short front legs, inherited from the Munchkin, and long back legs. They also have large, upright ears and prominent cheekbones and whiskers. It is like the hairless Sphynx, with white or pink skin, and must be bathed regularly with water and soap, since it has no fur to absorb the natural oils fur cats do. The Bambino is friendly, intelligent, and affectionate, and gets along well with other pets and children.
5. Ukrainian Levkoy
The Ukrainian Levkoy has unique features, such as their inward folding ears, an angular contour head, and a dog-like face. They have a long body, and appear both muscular and slender. This cat was developed by Elena Biriukova by outbreeding the hairless Donskoy females and Scottish Fold males, giving it its distinct appearance. The Ukrainian Levkoy is very sociable, friendly, and intelligent. They love being around human company as well as other domestic animals.
The Donskoy cat is typically confused with a Sphynx because they have similar characteristics. The Donskoy is of Russian origin and is referred to as Don Sphynx, Russian Donskoy, Don Hairless, and Russian Hairless. They are medium sized cats, wrinkled cats with oval shaped feet and long, slim, webbed toes. Their eyes are almond-shaped and they have a head shaped like a wedge. The Donskoy has 4 different types of coats and comes in various colors. The Donskoy might not be friendly around other cats, however they are affectionate and inquisitive around others pets and people.
Although the Lykoi is not completely hairless, only partially, it does have short fur and hardly sheds. The Lykoi is also known as the Werewolf cat and is a natural mutation from a domestic short-haired cat that has the appearance of the wolf. Genetic testing has been done to confirm that it does not carry a Sphynx or Devon gene. Their coat is unique because it resembles the coat of an opossum when it is mostly coated. They have a wedge shaped head and a lithe body. The Lykoi have high affection for their owners and are unchallenging in their behavior.
The Oriental Shorthair is closely related to the Siamese cat. Orientals have almond-shaped eyes, large ears, triangular head shape, and an elongated, slender, muscular body. Like the Siamese, they are very intelligent, vocal, and playful, well into their adulthood. Oriental's are very athletic and often enjoy playing fetch. They can be found in various solid colors and patterns.
One of the most popular breeds of cats that originated in Thailand is known as the Siamese. These cats do not shed because they have a coat that traps all shed fur, so they occasionally need brushing to remove the old fur. The Siamese are slender and muscular in all respects. Siamese cats choose one person to be their best friend for life, so they are very friendly in nature too with both humans and other cats.
10. Japanese Bobtail
The Japanese Bobtail is an ancient Japanese breed with a "bobbed" tail resembling that of a rabbit. This cat is also native of Southeast Asia and is part of many traditional folklore tales and art. They are predominately white, however they do come in many different colors and patterns. The Japanese Bobtail does not shed frequently, so it makes them easy to care for and groom. This breed is intelligent and social, and can learn tricks and tasks like dogs. They have triangular ears, many different meows, and love to talk to their owners.
Another breed from Thailand, this cat has a silvery-blue color reminiscent of a Russian Blue cat, with green eyes. You do not have to worry about shedding with the Korat because it only has a single layer short coat, so there isn't much fur to shed. The Korat is extremely intelligent and are not social with many people, besides those they are close with. They can be trained if they trust and respect you.
12. Russian Blue
The Russian Blue has a grayish blue coat with luminous green eyes, like the Korat. If you are worried about their coat and shedding, there is no need because they only shed around once or twice a year, making them easy to manage. The Russian Blue prefer spending time with people they know, rather than making new friends. However, they are attentive, intelligent, and loving with their owners.
The Bengal is a domestic cat that looks like a wild cat. They are developed by selective breeding from hybrids of the Asian leopard cat and domestic shorthairs. Although the Bengal's coat looks like it is thick, it is very thin and does not shed much and need little grooming. Bengals are very talkative, affectionate, and love spending time with humans.
There are many breeds of cats, hairless and short haired, that need a loving home and any of these breeds would be a perfect match; especially with not having to deal with shedding and grooming. These breeds of cats are all affectionate and intelligent, and would be a great companion to have.