Siberian Cat comes as its name indicates from the north Russia. Appeared more than 1000 years ago in its wild form, we didn't have access to the male until the end of the 80s through natural crossings between domestic cats from Siberia.
The first official pedigree of the Siberian cat breed was established in Russia in 1987. In 1990, the first Siberian cats from Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) were imported to the United States. The first steps of the Siberians in Europe took place at the same time.
Siberian Cats Characteristics
The Siberian is a recent breed; it benefits from the robustness of the wildcat and his good health. Life expectancy: 15 to 20 years, the Siberian embodies the quiet strength. Peaceful and calm, it’s also endowed with great liveliness. Despite his rustic origins, he has adapted very well to the constraints of modern life, including living in an apartment, provided he is not alone or has various games and entertainment.
He is a cuddly, affectionate, enduring and playful cat. Very sociable, he can live in common with other cats, but also with dogs in perfect harmony. Her adaptability can, in fact, be the playmate of children, as the star of feline shows.
Curious and intelligent, he needs communication because it’s an interactive chat. Close to his master, Siberian cats are interested in everything that happens in the house and likes to join the gestures of everyday life, it's a real little concierge, a real cat-dog. It is also a cat who educates and adapts very quickly to the lifestyle of the family that welcomes it (if it was previously well socialized by its breeder).
The Siberian Cats Look
The Siberian is in the category of large natural cats, alongside the Maine Coon of the United States, the Norwegian of Northern Europe or the Turk of Van Asia Minor.
In the shape of a softened triangle, the Siberian head is very broad with curved contours. In profile, the forehead is to some extent rounded with a small angle at the nose. The muzzle is round, the ears of medium size, well spaced and pointing forward. The Siberian cats' eyes are big, almost round.
The neckline is short and powerfully muscular. The body is heavy and massive with a characteristic form called barrel. Quite short, the legs are sturdy and muscular, the feet large and round with tufts of hair between the fingers.
Its origins have allowed it to develop a thick waterproof fur, mid-long to long, consisting of an abundant undercoat covered with a thick and shiny guard hair. The tail is well supplied. The Siberian loses some of this abundant fur during the spring molt; it is at this time that Siberian cats require an extra brushing to help eliminate unwanted hair.
- The Siberian cats have all traditional colors except chocolate; lilac, cinnamon, and fawn.
- Siberian cats colorpoint (the color of the Siberian cats) is called Neva Masquerade.