The Siberian is a large, powerful cat with a glamorous coat that comes in a wide array of colors and patterns. They are highly intelligent, interactive, playful and athletic. Siberian owners agree the breed exhibits a dog like devotion, they will greet you at the door, follow you around the house and even play fetch with a favorite toy. They have a comical fascination with running water likely stemming from there natural heritage. Overall Siberians are wonderful pets with charming and easygoing personalities, hypoallergenic low maintenance fur and good health.
The Siberian Forest Cat is an ancient aboriginal breed and the national cat of Russia. Siberian cats were first documented in history in 1000 AD. Although the exact origins of the breed are unknown they have been documented in Russian literature for hundreds of years, often appearing in children’s books, folklore and fairytales. Feral Siberian cats could be found living wild in villages, countrysides and the expansive forests of Siberia. The locals prized these cats for there charming appearance and ability to protect grain and food stores from pesky rodents, thus the domestication of the feral Siberian began.
Official breeding work of the Siberian Cat began in Russia in 1986-1987 and the official breed standard was created by Olga Mironova “President of Kotofei Cat Club” in Moscow. 2 phenotypical cats Mars (blue lynx point) and Roman (brown tabby with white) were used as the models for the first Siberian breed standard. In 1990 Elizabeth Terrell of Starpoint cattery imported the first Siberian cats to the United States. The Siberian cat has been steadily gaining popularity across the globe and they are prized for their good health, beauty and hypoallergenic qualities.
The Siberian is a natural breed and their appearance is attributed to centuries of natural selection in harsh climatic regions. They are classed as a semi-long haired breed and a have a distinctive coat that changes with the seasons. The breed sports a dense soft undercoat, long waterproof guard hairs, full neck ruff, bushy tail, ear furnishings and toe tufts indicative of their wild heritage. The appearance of the Siberian is a robust powerful cat with thick boning and barrel shaped body. Their broad wedge shaped head is formed by wide low set cheekbone arches, well distanced eyes, broad nose and a full rounded muzzle giving an overall appearance of circles and roundness. The breed is slow to physically mature, taking as long as 3 years to reach full size.