The Russian Blue Cat
The Russian Blue cat ’s
origins are left to stories and legends.
A distinctive plush double coat sets this breed apart as distinctive.
called the “Archangel Cat” or “Foreign Blue” they came by way of
England in the
1860s and have ties to royalty not only those from Russia but as a pet
Victoria. The English first showed the Archangel Cat in
1875 but it
until 1912 that they earned a class of their own.
The breed is thought to
have come to the USA
1900s but it was only after World War II they drew an American
English had developed a cat with a plush blue coat and the European
favored green eyes and a more flattened profile.
is a gentle, friendly
cat that loves attention. They
give the visual appearance of a blue cat with each hair silver dipped
attaching to the cat. Unlike some breeds with a variety of colors the
always blue with short hair and green eyes. They are fine boned and
The distinct color and coat stands out as does their normally
nature. They are normally quiet, somewhat shy cats but with those they
trust are very devoted and affectionate.
They are also intelligent
cats! These are the cats that
learn to open doors and sense the mood of their owners. They normally
well with other pets and children and their undemanding nature fits
many modern homes. They are low maintenance from a
often enjoy being brushed because it means being with their owner. They
quite willing to entertain themselves also!
This is a medium sized
cat and as their coat is
distinctive characteristic it is little surprise it scores
standards. Twenty points are given to coat, color, body and head and
equally, with ten points to eye color and five each to eye shape and
show cat should be in good physical condition with firm muscle tone and
alert demeanor. The body is fine boned and long with a graceful
has balance. The coat should be short, fine, dense and plush and a
soft, silky feel due to a double coat.
abnormal tail, incorrect number of
toes, long hair or any color other than blue.
Although extra toes can
be a disqualification for a Russian Blue cat in shows it
doesn’t disqualify a cat from being a great pet. Don’t overlook a
due to being unshowable if you are seeking a pet.
The Russian Blue cat is a cat
often be reserved. Some will love
everyone, but more typically a Russian Blue chooses you, often hiding
observe for a while. Sitting quietly and offering a toy, as if ignoring
cat, can tempt this lovely animal from hiding and offer a friendship.
They are less likely to
adapt well to changes than some
other breeds. They are long lived and enjoy order and quiet. They can
of the cat world – less happy in larger numbers. Those wishing to show
push the socialization card which is a delicate balance for a breed
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