About the Russian blue cat breed
The Russian blue cat is probably one of the world’s most Nobelist of felines. Originating from pre-1900s Russia she was a dignified and luxurious pet to own.
The Russian blue cat breed was a well-known explorer, and today is an amazing domestic house cat to own and to becoming a loving member of your family. Russian blue cats are one of the most mellow cats around.
Russian blue cat history
The Russian blue breed of cat originates from just south of the Arctic circle in the Russian city of Archangel (Archangel is also the Russian blues nickname). The Archangel was known as an adventurous explorer who was known to have rode the Cossack’s and regularly made her way to foreign lands as a ships cat.
Don’t let her adventurous side fool you though, the Russian blue is one luxurious looking kitty. With her beautiful and silky blue shaded fur and piercing green eyes, she is the ultimate in cat jealousy. It is noted that the Russian blue is said to have been the pets of the Russian Czar and even Queen Victoria.
The first recorded showing of the Russian breed was at the Crystal palace, London, cat show in 1875. At the time a newspaper recorded her appearance as “very handsome” and “particularly fury”. The Russian blue was also known as the Maltese and the Foreign blue.
Throughout World Wars 1 & 2 many Russian blues were thought to have perished and it was almost the extinction of this particularly wonderful breed of cat. After World war 2 very many were left and breeders had to cross breed them with other breeds with similar features.
The British short hair cat breed and the blue point Siamese cat breed were two of the most popular at the time, due to their similar looks and luxurious coats. Due to the look from the Siamese the Russian blue developed a more oriental look and this also made a change to their fur.
It took many, many years to bring the Russian blue back to its former glory, this was primarily achieved via cross breeding with British cat breeds, who at the time were known as some of the worlds most luxurious and plush coated breeds of cat.
The blue was first bought to the United States around 1900, after the second World war American breeders began import and breed their own line of Russian blues.
Russian blue cat appearance
The Russian is well known for its beautiful coat and stunning green eyes. She has a well-toned elegant body and a long tail. Pointed ears and a flat top head almost described as a triangle shape.
She really is the beauty of the cat world. The Russians coat is often described as grey, but, is actually blue. The Australian Russian can come in black and white.
There aren’t any patterns or prints on the Russian blue breed of cat but you will see some silver tips and tufts of hair.
Her tail is usually darker than the rest of her shade. She has large ears, usually wider at the base with pointed tips. Her eyes are rounded with the most vivid shade of green. She has an elegant, slender neck and high shoulder blades.
Her body shape is firm and muscular but also tight and petite. Her coat is short and thick, often described as a plush texture – well insulated for cold Russian winters.
Russian blue cat size
The Russian blue is a medium sized cat and often weighs in between 8 and 15 lbs.
Russian blue Cat Personality and characteristics
The Russian is a cat whom knows its noble worth. She will love you and adore you and will have no problem following you around the house. She will be there to make sure you’re not alone whilst working on the computer, or cooking meals.
She is happy to be combed whilst cuddling up to you on the sofa and will more than likely think she has the right to sleep in your bed. Russians blues are reserved in their nature and personality. They will love those around them, but will likely exit the room rather sharpish when guests arrive.
The Russian is super observant and notices everything that goes on around her. They will never dive into a room with guests but will likely have a little look around from a distance. These traits are why people assume Russians are a shy breed of cat.
The Russian has a character which will suit households with older children, he can just as well get along in households with younger children as long as their taught to not rush or scare her. She will also get along with cat friendly dogs if raised together.
The Russian blue is an intelligent breed and her favorite toys are fishing pole and feathers. She may want to play fetch, but will likely prefer to teach you how to fetch. They are extremely nimble and have no issue figuring out how to get into cabinets and small spaces.
They love to jump and climb, but don’t worry more often than not this is a super agile cat. They move with the grace and gentleness of a Russian ballerina and loves to soak up the sun at a nice window spot.
The Russian won’t look you in the eyes, but will watch you intently from a distance trying to figure out what you’re about. They are a quite cat breed but will respond if spoken too. They have been known to be able to learn to understand the meaning of some words.
They love having their intelligence challenged, you can do this by teaching them tricks or providing puzzle-based toys which treats inside. This is a great way to keep your cat active and healthy.
If you are adopting a Russian blue, they will likely need to be left alone whilst they adjust to their new surroundings and new home. Don’t over crowd or bug her and she will settle in. Make sure she has a safe, comfortable space for her to retreat too.
Russian Blue Health
Generally speaking the Russian blue is a strong and healthy breed of domestic cat. The only problem which could arise is bladder stones and obesity.
As you can imagine being a humble natured and loving cat they love to relax and enjoy the finer things in life, this laziness can lead to them gaining weight rather quickly which could lead on to bladder stones.
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Russian Blue Life Span
The average life span of the Russian Blue is 10 – 15 years.
Russian Blue Grooming
The Russian blue is quite an easy cat in its grooming needs. The short dense coat will be fine if brushed once a week, twice if you feel she needs it. During shedding season she will need brushing twice to remove dead skin cells and fur.