Siberian cats are large and muscular with broad heads, large slanted eyes, and rounded ears that tilt outward. Native to Russia, this breed has feathered tails, longer necks, and double coats.
This breed is known for being exceptionally tall jumpers, with strong hindquarters and large stomachs. Males typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds, and females weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. Although they are similar in weight to the Main Coon and Norwegian Forest Cats, they are shorter and stockier. The Siberian cat takes more than 5 years to reach full adult size.
The Siberian coat is medium-length and plush, with a thick insulating undercoat and a waterproof topcoat. This fur tends to tangle, so it must be groomed frequently. Brown brindle is the most common color, however there is a wide range of other brindle colors available alongside tortie, especially among those raised in the United States. Russian breeders intend to maintain the wild appearance of this breed, which is why they only accept brown and red coat colors.
Some breeders and pet owners claim that the coat of Siberian cats is hypoallergenic, however there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. However, this breed produces less of the primary allergen present in cats.
Siberian cats are smart, friendly, and loyal. In fact, they are so loyal that they are sometimes described as dogs. This breed of cat seems to be particularly happy outdoors.
The Siberian was developed from domestic and farm cats in Russia. There are Russian paintings and literature dating back hundreds of years and depicting this breed. However, this breed was more or less unknown outside of Russia until the 1980s, when it was first recorded in St. Petersburg. They were not introduced to the United States until the 1990s. Today, Siberian cats, although relatively rare, are very popular and recognized throughout the world and accepted by all registries.
The care and grooming of Siberian cats should be maintained like any other domestic cat, frequent fur combing, good nutrition, regular play, and visits to the vet. For more information on the care and feeding of our furry pets, visit: lovefatcats.com