There are a few different blue cat breeds that are very popular among cat lovers. However, none of them are as loved and adored as the Russian Blue Cat.
In this article, we will talk about the Russian Blue Cat, the breed’s history and origins, appearance, and personality.
History of the Russian Blue Cat
Despite its enormous popularity, not much is known for sure about the origins of the Russian Blue Cat.
However, it is believed that the breed originated in northern Russia, specifically in the Archangel Isles. According to the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), the Russian Blue Cat ancestry leads back to the courts of Russian Czars.
It is also estimated that the Russian Blue migrated to England and other parts of Europe (especially Scandinavia in Northern Europe) in the mid 19th century. According to the CFA, the Russian Blue Cat was exhibited in London, at Crystal Palace, in 1875 as the Archangel Cat. These cat shows became quite popular and regular by the middle of the century and Russian Blues were always prominent in the exhibits.
While the Russian Blue was exhibited with other blue cats for a while, it was given its own classification in the early 1900s after the breed was introduced to the United States. And while the Russian Blue was already quite popular, the real surge in popularity came after World War II. The popularity has been rising ever since, so this breed is of the most owned cat breeds today.
Although blue is the typical color of the breed, also described as a silvery sheen. Its one of the main things these cats are known for, some Russian cats also have black or white coats. These colors arose during and after World War II when the numbers of this breed in Great Britain deteriorated. The remaining Russian Blue Cats were crossed with the Siamese and the British Blue to increase their numbers. Since the British Blue is not a distinct breed but a variant of the British Shorthair instead, the Blue Russian Cats today have those genes as well.
Basic Information about the Russian Blue Cat
Russian Blue Cats have a long-lasting history but the modern version of the breed is quite different from their ancestors. In fact, the modern version of the breed was not created before the 1960s, when American breeders decided to combine the two most common bloodlines of the Russian Blue – English and Swedish bloodlines.
The modern Russian Blue Cat is fine-boned and muscular. These cats have a long and firm body, with a graceful outline. They also have long tails that are proportionate to their bodies. Their legs are long, while their paws are slightly rounded and small.
Blue Russians have a blunt muzzle. Their head is medium-sized, while the top of their head is flat and long, descending above their rounded, vivid green eyes. These cats have large and wide ears, with tips that are more pointed than rounded. They also have a slender and long neck, although it may appear short due to their thick fur.
This breed comes with a double coat. Their dense coat is short and plush, with a distinctive silky feel. The coat is bright blue all the way, although they also have guard hairs that come with silver tips. This makes their blue coats look shine with silver gleam and provides a quite lustrous appearance.
Russian Blue Cats are gentle and quiet cats. They have a reserved personality and they are wary of strangers. Meanwhile, they are playful and affectionate with the people they know and trust. Make sure to read our in-depth article for a deeper understanding on the do’s and dont’s of how to pet and cat correctly.
These cats are moderately active. Playing with their favorite cat toy and other ways in which they entertain themselves is usually enough to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. They will commonly learn to stay off counters and other forbidden areas after you teach them with simple instructions and a bit of positive reinforcement.
Russian Blue Cats dislike changes in the household more than your average cat. They will be particularly upset with changes in their daily routine, especially their dinner schedule. And while these cats are usually chill, they will take offense if you make fun of them. This breed is also very vocal, so they will certainly voice their displeasure when necessary.
Caring for a Russian Blue Cat
This breed is usually quite healthy and they can live between 15 and 20 years. Also, they are a good choice for owners who are looking for minimal grooming requirements. Russian Blue Cats don’t shed much and they are a good choice for people with allergies since they also produce less allergen than other cat breeds.
All you need to do to keep the coat of a Russian Blue luxurious and smooth is to brush or comb their coat once or twice a week. You can do it with a medium-toothed comb or you can use a standard brush or a grooming glove.
Dental care is also very important for Russian Blues, so make sure to get a toothbrush and toothpaste for cats.
Another thing to keep in mind is the feeding schedule. Russian Blue Cats enjoy eating, so it’s up to you to make sure that your cat doesn’t overeat. Stick to regular, measured meals and don’t give her too many treats.
The Russian Blue Cat is one of the most popular cat breeds today and with a good reason. Their shiny, lustrous coat is also less allergenic compared to other cats.
This breed is well-behaved, mild-mannered and quiet when happy. However, they can also be quite vocal if they aren’t satisfied with something or feel that you are making fun of them.