Originally Posted by Siggav
She's very eye catching
What is the main difference between peterbalds and sphynxes? They look rather similar to me (big ears, slender, hairless)
The Sphnyx have smaller ears, and shorter (less Foriegn/Oriental) bodies. The genetic difference is huge. The Peterbald has a dominant gene for hairlessness and the Sphynx gene is recessive.
The Peterbald is more demanding, usually (of course, each cat is different). By and large, though, the Sphynx acts more like its Oriental ancestors.
I have had Sphynx before. The best way to describe it is that the Sphynx is the cute one and the Peterbald is the elegant one. That goes down to even the belly on the Sphynx (somewhat of a pot belly).
Another difference is the skin and hairlosing nature of each breed. The Peterbald is less oily and requires less bathing. Also, the Sphynx is more likely to gain hair as it gets older. The Peterbald is a hairlosing breed. Some are born hairless and some are born with hair and lose it. A Peterbald will not gain hair as it ages - just the opposite.
Hope that helps some.