Intelligent, sensitive and energetic, Russian Blues are good looking cats with equally good hearts. They’re an enthusiastic breed that enjoys playing and racing around the house, but most of all, they value quality time with their favourite human.
Where I'm From
The Russian Blue is a spectacular natural breed that’s believed to have made its way to Europe aboard ships from the port town of Archangel in Russia. There is some debate about its exact origin, but their dense coat is a key sign they are from a cooler, northern climate.
The breed was officially recognised in 1912 by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, but like other breeds, numbers declined significantly during World War II.
For several years after the war, breeders tried to boost numbers by crossing the Russian Blue with British Blues and Bluepoint Siamese. A change in tact was needed however, as they weren’t happy with the cat’s new shape and personality.
The breed flourished again in the 1960s when breeders made a concerted effort to bring back the original Russian Blue.
What I Look Like
Russian Blues are best known for their distinctive blue, dense and silky coats as well as their blue nose and paw pads. The original blue cat is most common, but black and white varieties also exist. They’re just less popular.
This striking breed is medium to large in size with a graceful, muscular body. Their heads are wedge shaped with prominent whisker pads.
If you decide to adopt Russian Blue kittens, you’ll be able to watch their yellow eyes gradually become a vivid green as they mature. They’re an undoubtedly stylish feline!
How I Act
The Russian Blue makes an energetic companion that loves to chase toys and is known to relish in the occasional game of fetch.
They don’t mind spending time alone during the day and will happily play outside by themselves. In the evening, however, they’ll want to be by your side spending quality time with you. Russian Blues sometimes get offended if they think they’re being ignored, so tread carefully! These sensitive souls can be a little reserved and cautious of strangers, but they are loyal and loving to those who care for them, including kids.
Looking After Me
You’ll love looking after a Russian Blue because really, there’s not a lot you’ll have to do! The breed has no specific health problems and their short coat doesn’t require brushing. Having said that, this type of cat will definitely enjoy a good brushing mostly because it’s a good excuse to spend time with you, so bear that in mind. You should also clean their teeth weekly where possible.
While cats are known to be picky eaters, the Russian Blue is an exception to the rule. You’ll need to be careful this little food lover doesn’t put on too much weight. Be prepared to measure meals if this becomes a real concern.
Am I the pet for you?
- Russian Blues make loyal and energetic companions suitable for all types
- Content spending time by themselves
- Easily trainable
- Can be easily offended if ignored
- They’re good eaters, so you may end up spending more on food than intended
- Visitors may frighten this breed
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