Quite a detailed research on the origin of Russian Blue cats is done. The breed is said to be essentially evolved in Russia or at least definitely in colder climates which is the reason it has a thick coat. The unique trait of the Russian Blue breed is that it is a natural breed and not created by any practices of man. Matuksha nat created Russian Blue. It developed as a breed in Britian and Scandinavia in the late nineteenth century when showcasing and breeding activities of cats was being seen as an interesting task. The cat was labeled as Archangel Cat when it was shown for the first time at London’s Crystal Palace in 1857, because of the name of the place- Archangel. Other early names of the breed are Maltese and Foreign Blue. Leading newspapers carried out reports on the breed saying “it is handsome, particularly furry and resemble mostly the common white grey rabbit”.
Since World War II endangered all breeds, Russian Blue was no exception. But due to Siamese influence, this breed managed to evolve. Although Russian Blues were in America before the war, it was not until the post-war period that American breeders created the modern Russian Blue that is seen in the US today. This was done by combining the bloodlines of both the Scandinavian and British Russian Blues. The Siamese traits have now largely been bred out. The short hair and slate-gray/blue color is often seen in mixed-breed cats, which can have an impact on breeders and showers.
Russian Blues are short-haired, blue-gray cats. They usually have green eyes. They have been used on a limited basis to create other breeds (such as the Havana Brown) or alter existing breeds (such as the Nebelung).
Russian Whites and Russian Blacks were created from crosses with domestic white cats which were allegedly imported from Russia. The first line was developed by Frances McLeod (Arctic) in the UK during the 1960s and the second line produced by Dick and Mavis Jones (Myemgay) in Australia in the 1970s. By the late 1970s, the Russian White and Russian Black colours were accepted by cat fanciers in Australia as well as in South Africa and now also in the United Kingdom as Russian cats (in different classes). However, in North America, the Cat Fanciers Association does not recognize either variation of the Russian Blue.
People say that the Russian Cat is a “true cat” meaning it is ready to give all your devotion to you if you are its selected favourite person. Thus you should also be prepared to give it your attention. On the contrary, this breed can be shy with rangers but is curious enough to take a look at them.
- Activity level: 4/5 (They have been known to play fetch, and are sensitive to human emotions. They enjoy playing with a variety of toys and develop loyal bonds to their loved ones)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (Many Russian Blues have been trained to do tricks. Russian Blues can also be fierce hunters, often catching rodents, birds, rabbits, and small reptiles.)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (quite curious)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (very affectionate to the family)
- Vocal: 2/5 (They can be quiet, only meowing occasionally, but can also be very talkative.)
The Russian breed is an eye-catching breed of cats. One cannot resist taking a look at its captivation eyes and double coated fur. It is as hard inside as soft outside. This medium built and a beautiful headed cat is harmonious to all those it interacts with. Here are the key highlights of its appearance:
- Fur: The fur color is a bluish-grey that is the dilute expression of the black gene. However, as dilute genes are recessive ("d") and each parent will have a set of two recessive genes ("dd") two Russian Blues will always produce a blue cat. The coat is known as a "double coat," with the undercoat being soft, downy, and equal in length to the guard hairs, which are an even blue with silver tips. Only Russian Blues and the French Chartreux have this type of coat, which is described as thick and soft to the touch. The silver tips give the coat a shimmering appearance.
- Eyes: Its almond shaped eyes are almost always a dark and vivid green. Any white patches of fur or yellow eyes in adulthood are seen as flaws in show cats.
- Body structure: Long, slender and elegant body. The neck is gracefully long but looks short when the cat is sitting.
- Facial features: The head is wedged shaped and is short from the tip of the nose to the eyes. The distance from the eyes to the ears is at least as long as from the tip of nose to the eyes. The head between the ears is flat. The Russian Blue has prominent whisker pads which give the head a broad end. The forehead in profile is straight to the upper edge of the eye. The shallow concave curve from the upper eye to the tip of the nose appears almost straight and creates a distinctive angle level with the upper eye. The ears are large and slightly pointed.
- Weight: Average weight of 3.5 to 7 kg (7.7 to 15.4 lb) when full grown. Males will typically be larger than females.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Russian Blue may be better tolerated by individuals with mild to moderate allergies. There is speculation that the Russian Blue produces less glycoprotein Fel d 1, one source of cat allergies. The thicker coat may also trap more of the allergens closer to the cat's skin. Glycoprotein is one source of cat allergies, but this does not mean they are suitable to be homed with people allergic to cats; they will still cause the allergy to be affected, only to a lesser degree for short periods of time. Russian Blue is a genetically healthy breed because of its natural occurrence, as reasoned by researchers. These cats have few health problems and are not prone to illnesses. Russian Blues have an average life expectancy of around 15–20 years, some have even lived up to a maximum of 25 years. They are a moderate-sized cat with an average weight of 3.5 to 7 kg (7.7 to 15.4 lb) when full grown. Males will typically be larger than females. Their gestation period is approximately 65 days.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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