The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is a recently developed hairless breed with folded ears. This is a medium-sized cat with a long, muscular and slender body. The body is supported by long and well-boned legs that end with oval paws and fine toes.
The modified wedge-shaped head is topped with widely set large ears that fold forward towards the head. Their large almond-shaped eyes are slanted and can come in any color.
The Levkoy is a friendly and affectionate cat that likes to follow its people in a dog-like fashion. This is a moderately active cat that likes to play and interact with its owners.
Due to the lack of fur, the Ukrainian Levkoy Cat needs to be kept indoors only, and protected from the heat or cold weather. Generally, these cats get along with everyone and are well suited for homes with other pets.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is a recently man-made breed that originated in Ukraine. In 2004, in the Crimean province in Ukraine, an experimental breeding took place. Elena Biriukova crossed a female hairless Donskoy Cat with a male Scottish Fold.
The result of that breeding was a unique looking hairless cat with folded ears. Both these traits are a result of a naturally occurring mutation and are caused by dominant genes. Thus, all Ukrainian Levkoy Cats will be bald, which isn’t the case with the rest of hairless cat breeds.
The Oriental Shorthair Cats and domestic cats were also used in the breeding to broaden the gene pool and improve the breed’s health. This breed is still in the developing stages.
In 2005, the Ukrainian Levkoy was recognized in Ukraine by ICFA RUI (Rolandus Union Internationale). In 2010 this breed was also recognized in Russia by ICFA WCA. Thus, these cats can compete in shows and there are 10 Ukranian Levkoys who have already gained show titles.
However, at the time of writing this, the Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is still not recognized by any other major cat organization and is in its developing stages. This breed was named after the Levkoy plant, which has bent leaves just like the breed’s ears.
The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is a medium-sized breed with a long and slender, yet muscular body. These cats have long well-boned legs, fine long toes and flexible tails. The head is a modified wedge shape with a rather low forehead and long and flat skull. Prominent cheekbones and eyebrows form angular outlines to the head.
The head is topped with widely-based large rounded ears that fold forward towards the head without touching it. These cats have large almond-shaped eyes that are slanted and can come in any color, as long as it is deep and vivid.
These cats have soft and elastic skin that can be completely hairless or have peach-like invisible hair on the muzzle, legs and tail. Some cats have excess skin which causes a wrinkled appearance that contributes to the overall unusual look of this breed.
Male Ukrainian Levkoy Cats are slightly larger and typically weigh from 11-15 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 7-12 pounds.
The Levkoy is a slender, yet muscular cat and every extra gram is easily seen due to their hairless body. That’s the reason why these cats need to eat high-quality food that will provide them with all the essential nutrients as well as keep their weight in check.
Feeding this cat according to her age and activity level is necessary in order to prevent obesity.
This is a friendly, playful and fun cat to live with. Levkoys form deep bonds with their owners and will follow them around the house. In some sense, they act like puppies and are always close by, curiously observing their activities.
Due to the lack of hair, these cats seek warmth and don’t shy away from human contact.
The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is an intelligent breed that likes to learn tricks and loves playing with puzzle toys. You can teach your cat how to retrieve, come, sit or stay, or an array of other tricks you might find amusing.
Generally, this is a playful breed, and Levkoys enjoy playing with catnip toys. However, as they get older, they lose that playful spark and become docile and less energetic.
They make excellent lap cats since they are always in pursuit of warmth and cuddles. However, they are always warm to the touch and make excellent companions during cold winter nights.
You should invest in a self-warming cat bed that will keep your kitty comfortable while she naps. This is an easy-going and well-mannered breed that won’t pester you to play at all hours of the day.
Furthermore, they aren’t overly vocal and won’t demand your attention with persistent meows and cries.
The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is a social and affectionate breed that likes to be petted and is always close to its owner without being too needy. They aren’t demanding and can spend reasonable amount of time alone, if provided with something like a cat tree or cat toys for entertainment.
This is a highly adaptable breed that adjusts well according to its owner’s needs. They are well suited for life in small apartments due to their calm nature.
Furthermore, this is a social breed that likes meeting new people and is friendly towards everyone.
This is a moderately active cat that will slow down even more as it grows older. Thus, you should keep your cat exercised with feather teasers and interactive play. They are more active when they are young and will stay in shape chasing after catnip toys and playing fetch.
However, you should spend at least 20 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep her in good shape. As she gets older you can incorporate two 15 minutes play sessions to give your cat all the exercise she needs.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is considered a healthy breed and so far, inherited diseases haven’t been observed in these cats. Having said that, this is a very young breed and it may be too soon to tell if these cats are prone to some genetic health problems.
In any case, you will need to take your cat to regular vet check-ups and keep her vaccinated against common feline transmitted diseases. Furthermore, use deworming tablets, and keep your cat protected against skin parasites.
Due to the lack of coat, the Ukrainian Levkoy Cats are sensitive to the harsh sun and cold. Thus, they need to be kept indoors only and shouldn’t be allowed to go outside.
Furthermore, it would be wise to keep your cat warm with a sweater since they have problems regulating their body heat.
The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat has an average life expectancy of 9-15 years.
These cats don’t have any health problems and can reach ripe old age completely healthy. Despite its lack of fur these cats can catch skin parasites. So you should use flea and tick control regularly.
Due to its hairless body, the Levkoy doesn’t have to be brushed and will not leave any hair on your furniture and carpets.
And since there is no hair to soak the natural skin oils, these cats can develop a greasy feel. That’s why, you will have to use cat grooming wipes twice a week to remove the oils and to moisturize your cat’s skin.
As an alternative, use a cloth that is soaked in warm water to remove skin oils and give your cat a gentle rub. They can also be bathed with a mild cat shampoo. Plus, prepare warm blankets and warm the environment to help your cat dry and stay warm.
This is a hairless cat breed that has peach-like down hair on the muzzle, paws and tail. These hair aren’t visible to the naked eye, but give the cat a soft and pleasant feel to the touch.
Despite being hairless, this breed can come in different colors due to the skin pigments. Thus, you may find solid black, white, gray, bi-colored Levkoy cats with different skin colors and looks.
The affectionate and playful Ukrainian Levkoy is a great choice for families with older children. Your cat will enjoy chasing after sponge balls and playing hide and seek with a child who knows how to play with a cat.
You should supervise any play sessions with children younger than six so they won’t pull on a cat’s unusually looking ears. This breed gets along well with other pets and doesn’t mind living with other furry companions.
This is a playful cat that will enjoy chasing after teaser toys and likes playing with its owner. They tend to become more sedentary as they get older and more interested in cuddles than play. Thus, you will have to keep this cat engaged and interested with different toys and laser pointers to pique her playful spirits.