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Russian Shorthair

Russian Shorthair

Russian Shorthair
Breed Organizations

TICA Executive Office
Website: http://www.tica.org
The Cat Fanciers' Association
Website: http://www.cfainc.org

Native Country
Other Names
Archangel Blue, Archangel Cat, Russian Blue
Life Expectancy
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Litter Size
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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.

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.

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.

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