Native Country Russia Other Names Russian Blue, Archangel Cat, Russian Shorthair Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The Russian Blue has bright green eyes, two
layers of short thick fur, and a blue-gray coat.
Breed Description Head: Short, wedge-shaped, with straight
lines. Flat forehead and skull. Medium length muzzle. Straight nose.
No nose break. Strong chin. Eyes: Large, fairly wide set, almond-shaped (almost round,
barely oval). Color: vivid green. Eye color in kittens ranges from
yellow to green. Definitive color is not attainde before the age of
one. Neck: Long, slender and straight. Body: Long,
foreign type. Fine to medium-boned. Muscled. Paw: Long and fine boned. Firm muscles, paws round or ova
laccording to TICA or FIFe. Tail: Long (but in proportion with the body), straight,
tapering from a moderately thin base to a thin tip. Coat: Short, dense, very fine, and plush. Stands out from the
body. Soft, silky to the touch. Double coat with a very thick
undercoat. Solid, uniform blue-grey color, with silvery sheen caused
by silver tapping. Slate grey nose leather and dark lavender paw
pads. Fault: Square, round or Siamese-like head. Round or yellowish
eyes. Weak chin. Massive, stocky body. Tail overly thick at the
base. Close lying coat. Tabby markings, white spots. Comment: The standard for the Nebelung (more common in the USA)
is the same as that of the Russian Blue, but its double coat is
longer and of a lighter blue-grey shade.
History The origins of this breed are disputed. Some
experts believe that relatively longhaired, blue-coated cats lived
along the shores of the White Sea in the Port Arkhangelsk region
beginning in the 17th century. In the 1860s, an English or Russian
merchant ship may have carried these cats to Great Britain, where
they were shown in London as Russian Shorthairs, Archangel Blues
(after Arkhangelsk Port), and Blue Foreigns beginning in 1871.
Others theories hold that the breed originated instead in the
Mediterranean region, like the Chartreux; hence the name Spanish
Blue. The breed was officially named the Russian Blue in 1939.
Following World War II, Russian Blues were crossed with British
Shorthair Blues and particularly with Blue Point Siamese in order to
restore the breed.
Behavior A Russian Blue is a good choice for the modern
home because their undemanding nature fits perfectly into today's
busy schedules. They will entertain themselves if left alone for the
day and be a contented companion upon your return. The Russian
requires a minimum of grooming with periodic nail clipping and a
coat that can be kept looking good by frequent petting and an
occasional combing. Many Russians seem to enjoy being combed or
brushed as it allows them additional time with their owners.