The Russian Blue cat is one of the most easily recognized pure-bred cats in the world with its lean, athletic form, exquisite face and startling green eyes.
This is a very old natural breed common to the Russian town of Arkhangelski.
Originally known as the "Archangel cat", they were introduced to Europe in the mid 1800's, and quickly became very popular, particularly in France and Germany, do to their quiet nature, fastidious habits and excellent manners.
In the year 1871 a Blue was exhibited in the first cat show ever held in the London Crystal Palace.
This is a very "cat-like" breed which tends to choose when and how they will interact with family, but when they choose you, they can be warm, sweet and even kittenish.
A refined, and somewhat reserved cat, they can be shy with strangers and are not the best travelers.
They are fastidiously clean and like order to their lives. They can become nervous or depressed if dinner times are altered or litter boxes are not kept tidy.
This is not the best choice for busy households with multiple pets and family members, but their grace and stunning beauty are unparalleled, and for some folks, no other cat will do.
Russian blues are exceptionally "cat-like". They may also be fickle with their affection, shy, reserved, and sensitive to disruptions.
This is a very tidy, clean cat that may enjoy the outdoors but is sometimes even more at home in a quiet apartment. They are quite elegant and regal and some individuals may be unmoved by cuddling and unimpressed with baby talk.
Russian blue cats will occasionally become "one person cats", and attach themselves to one person with such devotion that even being fed by someone else is not acceptable. They can be jealous of couples, and confused by big families and changing situations.
The Russian Blue cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed.
This cat is always silver-blue in color with bright green eyes. The coat is unusually dense with a plush undercoat.
Shedding may be high with this incredible fur, and moderate grooming is required to control it.
These are lean, medium-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues.
Because it is somewhat independent, the Russian Blue can be a very good choice for busy singles. They don't require fussing over and are less likely to be underfoot or over your shoulder than some other breeds.
But they have also been domesticated for centuries and so can definitely adapt to a family situation and can do well with considerate children, but there may be better choices for households with bustling and changing dynamics.
A classic and beautiful cat for true cat lovers. - Russian Blue Facts
Russian blue kittens are usually very active and athletic with high energy and curiosity. They will be eager to learn a routine as this breed really takes comfort in consistency.
Show them their bed, dishes and litter pan and they will settle down more quickly. Moving any of these items in the first few days may add to nervousness.
They will pan-train immediately and rarely, if ever have an accident, although in a multiple cat household, they may appreciate their own potty.
Russian blue kittens look very much like adults. They are usually lean and chiseled at a young age without the gawky stages some other breeds experience.
In the first few months their eyes may be very dark, or even yellow in color, but by 4 months or so the green hue should be evident and become richer over time.
They tend to grow at an average rate and reach mature height at about 8 months, filling out and maturing to full size and weight at about one year old.
Because this is a fairly popular cat, breeders of pedigree Russian Blue kittens can be found relatively easily, and the price is usually fairly affordable for a pure-bred kitten.
Head Shape: The head is delicately formed with high forehead, high cheekbones and full cheeks. The nose may appear to be slightly upturned, and the chin is small. Neck is long but does not appear so in repose, due, again, to thick fur. The ears are fairly large and tall, with furnishings, and sometimes small ear tufts. The base is wide and the set is high on the head. The eyes are a wide, almond shape with a slight, oriental set. Wide set and never bulging. The eyes should be as vivid a green as possible, and eye color other than pure green is a serious fault. Kittens eyes will be darker, or yellowish, but green should be fairly evident by four months of age.
Body and Tail: The body is delicate and lean with long, fine-boned legs and round, delicate, tightly formed feet. The cat walks on the tips of its toes and is quite and graceful in movement. The tail should be straight and long with a thick base and fine taper. Not whip-like.
Coat: The coat should be short but with a thick, plush, full undercoat. Shiny, very soft, standing out from the body.
Pattern: The coat must be a clear, solid, grey-blue or silver-blue in color. No white markings, or obvious shading. Faint, tabby shadows are allowed on kittens. Color is critical for the impact of the cat, and a rich, almost lavender undertone is highly desirable.
Overall Appearance: This should be a lean, fine-boned cat of supreme elegance. Rich in color, exquisitely soft and satiny to the touch. Sometimes shy and easy to startle. Needs firm, gentle handling and a consistent environment.