The Ukrainian Levkoy is a breed of domestic cat that was developed by Elena Biriukova in Ukraine between the years of 2000 and 2011. This cat was created by breeding Donskoy females, which are hairless, and Scottish Fold males, which have folded ears, although it is not certain whether Biriukova used cross breeding or outbreeding methods. Other breeds with hairless and folded ear traits were used as well oriental breeds.
The Ukrainian Levkoy holds many distinctive physical features including a dog shaped face, large eyes, curly whiskers, and a slight lack of hair. Its body is long and slender and it has large ears. This breed can be disqualified as purebred if its eyes are crossed, if it is flighty, and if it has bone defects, among many other issues. This breed has typical litters that hold between three and five kittens, which need special care for up to sixteen weeks of age. This is especially true for hairless kittens.
The Ukrainian Levkoy was recognized by the ICFA RUI (Rolandus Union International) in Ukraine in 2005 and by the ICFA WCA in Russia in 2010. Other official registries classify this cat as an experimental breed that cannot compete in cat shows. The Ukrainian Levkoy is an intelligent breed that is loving and sociable in nature, so gets along well with other pets. It requires grooming to protect its skin from the sun and cold weather conditions.
Image Caption: Ukrainian Levkoy cat. Credit: Alena Ivanchuk/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)