Russian Blue Breed Summary
Playful, Friendly, Quiet, Independent
This breed is known for its love of playing fetch and they enjoy being around their people. While they’re not too vocal or demanding of attention, if there’s a change to their routine then you’ll definitely hear about it - these kitties like order. With this in mind, it's wise not to set their breakfast time too early! Most Russian Blues are fur-bulous members of the family and they get along well with children and other pets – even dogs, providing they’re well acquainted.
Fun Fact: In Russian folklore, Russian Blues were considered good luck and healing charms! One tale is that these cats travelled around the world with Cossacks, riding on their horses. They were believed to bring good luck and heal fellow travellers. During this time, those that were rich enough to own one would give them a special spot to live in. They were also believed to protect newborn babies by warning off evil spirits!
|Lifespan||15 – 20 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females: 20cm – 25cm|
|Weight||Males: 4.5kg – 5.4kg, Females: 3.2kg – 4.5kg|
|Coat||Double coat with a short, dense undercoat that feels soft and fine|
|Colour||Blue, black, white|
|Eye colour||Yellow with green rims as a kitten that become bright green as an adult|
|Common health issues||Weight related problems, progressive retinal atrophy, polycystic kidney disease, feline lower urinary tract disease|
|Other Names||Archangel Blue, Archangel Cat, Foreign Blues, Maltese Cats|
Once these kitties are used to your company, they tend to become playful and loving companions that aren't likely to turn down a game of fetch! While they don’t mind being left at home if you’re at work all day, they'll expect a good amount of playtime when you return.
In the home you’d be likely to find your Russian Blue jumping and climbing to the highest place in order to study all the goings-on around them, quietly observing and debating whether to get involved. Russian Blues aren't especially vocal, however they'll respond if you talk to them using their soft, quiet voice and because they're intelligent kitties, they can learn the meaning of many words.
A large number of cats with similar coat colours are found living in Scandinavia, with their dense coats indicating them living in a cold northern climate. The first recorded appearance out of Russia was in 1875 when the Russian Blue competed at the Crystal Palace in England as the Archangel Cat.
The Russian Blue competed in a class including other blue cats until 1912, when it was given its own class. The breed was mainly developed in England and Scandinavia until after the second World War. Although blue is considered the typical colour of this breed, black and white Russians are also known. These colours likely arose during World War II, when the last remaining Russian Blues were crossed with the Siamese and the British Blue to help maintain numbers.