Breed Introduction: Russian Blue Cat
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Russian Blue Cat Breed Introduction
Russian Blue is a breed of cat that comes in different colours, ranging from light shimmering silver to a darker slate-gray. They develop close ties with their owner, and are loved as pets because of their characteristics, beauty, and coat. It is their short and thick coat that has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century. The thick layer stands out from the body and you can draw patterns in a coat that will stay until you smoothes them out again.
Russian Blue Cat Origin
This cat is a naturally occurring breed that has originated in the port of Arkhangelsk, Russia. Sometimes, they are called Archangel Blues. It is alleged that sailors took the Russian blues from Archangel Isles to Great Britain and Northern Europe in the 1860s.
Russian blue was the cat of the royal family in Russia, and some say that this cat is the offspring of Queen Victoria’s cat. In 1875, the archangel cat was first presented to the public at the crystal palace in England. At that time, Charteux was the preferred cat in England. The British breeders attempted to make the archangel cat like the British cats and mixed them with others. After that year, the special character of the archangel cat was lost.
This breed was developed mainly in England and Scandinavia until after World War II. Immediately after the war, the lack of numbers of Russian Blues led to cross-breeding with Siamese. Even though Russian blues were in America before the war, it was after the war that the breeders created the modern Russian blue seen in the United States today. This was done by combining the bloodline Scandinavian and British-Russian blues.
Russian Blue Cat Characteristics
The unique feature of the Russian blue is that the coat is short and has a blue color. Its coat is smooth and has a silvery color towards the edge. It has no lines. The cat head has the shape of a “V” and its forehead is flat. Its eyes are light green. His ears are large and pointed upwards. Its neck is thin and long. Because of these personalities, some folks describe it as a cobra head.
Russian blue is sharp and muscular. It’s not muscular like a pro wrestler, but like the muscles of a swimmer.
It has a mild and quiet personality. Because of this feature, it has the nickname of “the voiceless cat.”
For families, the cat is very faithful, charming, and gentle. It is sensitive to the owner’s feelings. For strangers, it is very shy. The cat is also very active and curious. It likes to jump to high places and also look out the window.
The cat has striking green eyes and an expression that makes them look as if they always smile. They have a slivery thick and silky coat. In fact, this is the legendary silkiness that caused Russian blues to be hunted for because of its coat. Some Russian blues are born with “ghost lines” that fade by adulthood.
Updated: September 21, 2017.