Russian Cat: origin, size and character

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Fine and elegant, the Russian is a domestic cat known for its calm and discretion.

With its silvery-blue fur and green eyes, the Russian (or Russian Blue) is a cat as pleasant to look at as it is to touch.

Origins

The Russian would be from the port of Arkhangelsk located in Russia. stock.adobe.com

Russian, Russian Blue Where arkhangelsk cat : so many names for this cat with uncertain origins. According to LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins) the Russian would be from the port of Arkhangelsk, located in Russia.

Long bred and hunted for their thick, waterproof fur, the Russian is now a pet cat discreet and very affectionate.

Attention, do not confuse the Russian with the Nebelung. Although the Nebelung physically resembles a Semi-Longhaired Russian, this breed of cat is the result of a cross between a Russian and an American Shortair.

Character

The Russian is a calm and reserved cat. stock.adobe.com

The Russian is a calm and reserved cat, he needs time to develop his attachment to his masters. Once linked to its owner, the Russian becomes a real “pot of glue”. However, this cat with a reputation for shyness will know how to be discreet in the presence of strangers in its home.

This cat likes to live in a calm and serene environment. In addition, he needs to feel safe to reveal his personality. Active and curious without excess, the Russian likes to observe and follow the members of his household.

Although his thick fur offers him good protection against the cold, this homebody cat will favor the comfort and warmth of his home over the hustle and bustle outside.

Physical

With its fur, the Russian is often confused with the Chartreux. stock.adobe.com

The Russian is very elegant cat, fine and well proportioned. A female weighs 2 kg to 3 kg and measures 30 cm to 30 cm at the withers. A male can weigh up to 5 kg.

With its fur with silvery blue reflections, the Russian is often confused with the Chartreux but unlike this breed, it has emerald green eyes.

There are currently 3 standard colors recognized by LOOF for Russian:

  • Blue: original color of the breed, it is the most widespread
  • White: white hair with silver highlights
  • Black: full black coat

The Russian is also considered a hypoallergenic cat. Indeed, it produces few Fel D1 proteins and its thick fur allows it to limit the spread of allergens.

Price

the price of a Russian varies according to the breedings and the pedigree of the line. Male and female will not cost you the same. In general, a Russian will be sold between 650 and 2500 euros.

To the purchase price, you must add the daily expenses, count 30 to 50 € per month. This expense includes food, bedding and veterinary care.

Health

The Russian is a cat that has no breed predisposition. This cat has a robust health and can live up to 20 years.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of cat that will suit you best.

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