Russian Blue Cats
A Favorite Amongst Royals and Commoners
The origin of the Russian blue is the stuff of legends. There is little to no evidence of where this breed got its start, though must experts believe it originated in Archangel Isles in Northern Russia, according to the The Cat Fanciers’ Association. Rumor has it that this breed is a descendant of the royal cat of Russian Czars.
It is believed that the breed might have been transported from Russia to Great Britain in the late 1800s. What is known is that the breed first appeared at the Crystal Palace in England in 1875, where it was shown as the Archangel Cat.
Originally the Russian blue was grouped with other blue cats. In 1912, it was given a class all its own, and deservedly so. This unique, beautiful breed gained popularity in the 1960s and has become a favorite due to its striking appearance and mellow personality.
The Beauty of Blue
When you see a Russian blue, it’s unlikely that you’ll mistake it for any other cat. The most distinctive aspect of its appearance is its stunning double coat. The coat is dense, soft to the touch and plush. The short hair on the coat is blue with silver tips, a look that is sure to catch the eye of cat lovers. This is where the breed gets its name. In contrast, the Russian blue has mesmerizing, wide-set green eyes. Its large ears are also distinctive, standing alert on top of his head.
What to Expect From Your Russian Blue
There is a lot more to this breed than looks alone. A loyal pet eager to please his owner, the Russian blue is both gentle and affectionate. While your Blue will be devoted to you for the rest of his life, don’t except him to make friends with everyone. This breed is known to shy from strangers. It’s not uncommon for him to run and hide at the appearance of unfamiliar people.
Expect to spend some time grooming your Russian blue. His gorgeous coat requires some special care.
The Russian blue is considered to be good around children. The breed is not an aggressive one. If he doesn’t like the way a child is playing, he will simply run and hide. The Russian blue is an intelligent animal and is easy to train.
Do expect to spend some time grooming your Russian blue. His gorgeous coat requires some special care. Combing and brushing with a good quality brush and steel comb is recommended at least once a week.
Fun Facts about Russian Blues
- The Russian blue comes in only one color — blue. But what cat fanciers consider blue is coloring that actually appears to be gray.
- The Russian blue has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years in age. It is not uncommon for them to live on average to 18 years of age.
- At one time, this breed was also known as a Maltese.
Life with a Russian Blue
The Russian blue has many qualities that make it a special addition to any family. He is not hyper or overly showy. He is kind, affectionate and smart. You will need to devote time to help bring him out of his shell, but Russian blue owners attest that it will be time well spent.
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