The Siberian cat is a native of the Taiga territory of Siberia. The sub-arctic type of climate of this forested region contributed to the breed’s long, lush and protective coat. This breed of cat has been known to the Russian subcontinent since more than a thousand years and has been a part of many Russian folk tales and paintings. Legend has it that these cats were esteemed for their hunting ability and were a favorite among shopkeepers and householders. They were brilliant in catching rats and mice and thus were used to protect grains, food and other items safe from rodents.
The Siberians first showed up in the US in the year 1990. The breed was recognized in 1996 by The International Cat Association. In 1999, it became a registered breed by The American Cat Fanciers Association and finally in 2006 it was accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Coming from the cold Arctic region, the Siberian cat has a warm heart. The breed is extremely affectionate and loves people. It can just fill your heart with its mild chirrups and purrs. It can also greet strangers and is not shy to interact with anyone. This loving and attentive breed is also very active and loves to play.
- Activity level: 3.5/5 (they remain playful as adults, but are nothing like the always-in-motion Bengals or Abyssinians)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (intelligent like most felines)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (highly inquisitive but always alert)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (incredibly friendly with children, strangers and other pets)
- Vocal: 2/5 (very quiet cats, rarely say anything but will give the occasional soft melodic chirp or trill)
The Siberian is magnificent breed that looks like a royal pet. Its soft furry coat, lovely large eyes, tufted ears and a smooth neck ruff enhance the personality of this glamorous cat. Their pointed ears add up to the cuteness factor of these felines. The gentle appearance of the Siberians is proof of its subtle and sweet nature.
- Fur: They are usually semi longhaired with a distinctive coat that transforms to considerably longer and thicker hair in winters. The topcoat consists of long waterproof hair underneath which lies a soft and dense undercoat. Brown, black, red and white are common colors of the Siberian.
- Eyes: Round and bright eyes with color ranging from greens to gold to blues.
- Body structure: Solid and muscular body, barrelled chest supported by medium sized legs and rounded paws. The tails is bushy.
- Facial features: They have a broad forehead, medium sized rounded ears, a round cute nose and striking eyes.
- Weight: The average male weight is between 15 to 20 pounds, whereas the average female weight is between 10 to 15 pounds.
The most common hereditary health problem found among Siberians is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM. This results in thickening of the heart muscles of the cat often resulting in cardiac failure. In order to determine whether a Siberian is suffering from HCM, an echocardiogram is done.
The best way to take care of the dense triple coat of the Siberian is to comb it at frequent intervals to avoid mats. However, regular combing is needed during the spring and fall as the coat is known to shed a lot during these times. A bath can be given once a week as it is rarely necessary given the water resistant coat.
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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