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Is this a non allergic cat?  Well, we certainly can say, from our own experience, and hundreds of others, it is at least a hypo-allergenic cat, producing much less of a chance of allergic reaction, most of the time in people who are "super allergic" to cats!

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Allergies
Cats live in 60 million homes in the United States, which equates to 30% of households. They have recently surpassed dogs as the #1 pet in the U.S.  Sadly, many cat lovers are unable to keep cats due to allergies.  Wouldn't it be great if there was a breed of cat that caused little or no allergic reactions in allergy sufferers?  The Siberian offers new hope for many allergy sufferers, although this is not the answer for everyone.  My wife and I are both allergic to cats; however, we now have 6 adult Siberians, and not a sneeze or a wheeze!  It was the answer for tens of thousands of families, and it could be the answer for yours as well!

The Facts about Allergens
Contrary to popular belief, allergic reactions from cats are not the result of hair length.  The true culprit is a glyco-protein known as Fel d1 that is produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin, saliva, and urine.  These glands are distributed on all areas of the cat's fur with increased numbers around the neck.  Cats are notorious groomers.  After a grooming session, the saliva dries on the cat's fur and mixes with dead skin cells (dander).  The tiny particles become airborne, landing on carpeting, furniture, drapes, etc.  Once they come in contact with humans, either epidermally or by inhalation, an allergic reaction is triggered.  Symptoms come in many forms.  Some people develop a red, itchy rash on their skin.  Others have extreme difficulty breathing.  The more common reactions include sneezing, watery bloodshot eyes, a scratchy throat, and/or an itchy runny nose. 

The Facts about Siberian Cats & Allergies
What is it about Siberians that gives it a hypoallergenic tendency?  Theories abound; however, none of them have been substantiated within the medical or scientific communities.  The most noted theory is that Siberians have No Fel d1 protein, therefore no allergic reaction, or another theory is there is a much a lower Fel d1 concentration than ordinary house cats.  Another theory is that due to the tight, thick undercoat and oily top coat, the skin stays well hydrated, thereby reducing dander production and distribution.   Either way, there are over 100 testimonials I myself have read, from various breeders all from people who are allergic to normal cats, who all own siberian cats, most own more than 1!

98% of the people who purchase our beautiful siberian kittens are allergic to all other cats.  They are just amazed that they have no reaction to the siberian cats!  We do offer fur testing, for 9.95, which includes shipping and is deducted from your final price of the kitten.  We have never had a family who could not keep their siberian kitten due to allergies.  We recommend a fur sample if you or anyone in your home are allergic to cats.  To order a fur sample, please click here

How is it that the Siberian is non-allergic cat ?
Scientists have named the protein in the feline saliva, FEL D-1. When the cat cleans itself, the protein then dries on the fur leaving dander. The dander particles are small and air filters cannot remove them from the air. One theory is the siberian has far less than normal, or none of this protein, therefore no dander. However if the allergic party suffers from the IgE late trigger' antibody reaction, their chances of compatibility of owning a Siberian are lowered.

Recent News - Results for testing of Fel d1 in fur samples

These tests were performed in Dec 1999, by an independant lab in Virginia - Indoor Biotechnologies, 1216 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The results are as follows:

#1 (male, neutered, mixed breed) 62,813
#2 (malle, neutered, Siberian) 2001
#3 (female, Abysinnian, nuetuered) 384.50
#4 (female, neutered, Siberian) 205.50
(Measurements are mg/g of sample)


This would indicate that the Siberian and Abysinnian have considerably less than the standard house cat, and that females have less Fel d1 than the males.

Terminology
FEL D1

Non Allergenic Qualities:
In 1995 Breeder Lynda Nelson of Kravchnko Siberians accidentally discovered the non -allergic qualities, sometimes referred to as hypo-allergenic qualities, of the Siberian cat.

Her theory is that the Siberian produces little or no dander, thus allowing allergy sufferers the pleasure of being in the companionship of the Siberian Cat without runny eyes, sneezing and their breathing being compromised. Scientists state that it is likely the Fel-D1 protein usually found in the cat's saliva, and drying as dander on the coat as the culprit, and an enemy of millions of allergy sufferers.

Empirical analysis would indicate that the Siberian is indeed somewhat unique and special. Today 13 years after the Siberian was first imported from Russia, thousands of allergy sufferers that are also cat lovers, now have these wonderful feline companions in their homes. In may cases, these same people now shared their home with more than one Siberian kitty.
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breed standard

BREED STANDARD - The Siberian Cat is one of the 2 Largest Cats, and is very similar in size to a Maine Coon, just cuter and more "dog like" in personality!  It's large rounded head, a modified wedge, is one of "circles" rather than "triangular" like the Maine Coon.  In our opinion, the Siberian Cat is the most beautiful, loyal, affectionate cat on the planet.

The breed standard with TICA ( The International Cat Association) as follows:

RECOGNIZED CATEGORY / DIVISIONS/COLORS: Traditional Category, all Divisions, all colors.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Siberian is a large, strong cat which takes 5 years to mature. The females weigh less than the males. They are extremely agile and great leapers. Their muscles are mighty, outstanding and powerful. The back is long and very slightly curved or arched, but appears horizontal when in motion. Convex muscular waist and round, compact belly develop with age. The hind legs, when straightened, are slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are round, big and quite powerful. The overall appearance should be one of great strength, force and size with an excellent physical condition and alertness; the facial expression is quite sweet. The general impression is one of roundness and circles, rather than the rectangles and triangles of similar breeds.

HEAD: The head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours, broader at the skull and narrowing slightly to a full rounded muzzle with well-rounded chin. There may be a slight muzzle curvature, but the transition between the side of the head and the muzzle is gentle and inconspicuous. The cheek bones are neither high set nor prominent. There should be a good distance between the ears and eyes. The top of the head is flat, with a slight nose curvature before the tip. The neck is medium-long, rounded, substantial, and well muscled.

TAIL: The tail is medium in length, wide at the base, blunt at the tip without ticking or kinks, evenly and thickly furnished.

EARS: The ears are medium-large, wide and set as much on the sides of the head as on the top; ideal position is 1 to 1-1/2 ear width apart. The tips are rounded and the ear tilts forward. Lynx tipping is desirable. Hair over the back of the ears is short and thin; from the middle of the ear, the furnishings become longer and cover the base completely.

EYES: The large, almost round eyes are set wide with the outer corner slightly angled toward the lower base of the ear. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color/pattern, however, the typical adult color is yellow-green.

COAT: This is a moderately long to longhaired cat, with hair on the shoulder blades and lower part of the chest being thick and slightly shorter. There should be an abundant ruff setting off the large, impressive head. There is a tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather. Allow for warm weather coats. The coat gives the impression of lacquer and oil when ungroomed. The hair may thicken to curls on the belly and britches, but a wavy coat is not characteristic. The skin may have a bluish cast. Clear strong colors and patterns desirable, but are secondary to type.
ALLOWANCES: buttons, spots or lockets.

PENALIZE: Adult cats not having substantial weight. Straight profile. Narrow or fox-like muzzle. Almond shaped eyes. Very long legs.

VARIETIES: The Siberian Cats come in a variety of colors and markings. Taken from CFA (Cat Fanciers Breed Standard) All colors are genetically possible. In the traditional class all colors and combinations are accepted with or without white. In the tabby group white or off white is allowable on the chin, breast, and stomach area. Buttons, spots or lockets are allowable in all colors. The pattern/color descriptions are the same as the Persian. In the colorpoint class, mitted, bicolor, lynx and tortie patterns are allowed. The pattern/color descriptions for the colorpoint, mitted and bicolor are the same as the Ragdoll. The pattern description for lynx points and tortie points are the same as a Birman. In the traditional colors, description for the blue golden is the same as the golden except tips are blue rather than black. No outcrosses are allowed for this breed.

COLORPOINTS: Russians have had the colorpoints as a part of their breeding program since records were kept by the various cat fancy clubs in Russia. People had thought that long ago the feral pointed patterned cats and the feral Siberian cats “got together” along the banks of the Neva River in Leningrad ( which is now named St. Petersburg ) in the 1960’s. Russian breeders soon noticed the festive pattern of these cats and began incorporating them into their Siberian breeding program. The Russians use the nickname “Neva Masquerade” for this breed- Neva for the river and Masquerade for the coloring. Neva Masquerade is not a separate class of the Siberians but is a Siberian. According to breeders no outcross has ever been used to produce the colorpoint Siberian. They say that being a natural breed of cat anything is possible in any line of the breed. Three breeders in United States soon noticed that there were not any of the colorpoints here. When the kittens arrived controversy began on acceptance of the colorpoint. After much debate the colorpoints are now an accepted part of the Siberian standard in the United States. Many other countries still do not allow the colorpoints into their breed standards of acceptance.
PERSONALITY: The Siberians have a wonderful dog like purrrrrrrsonality and they are very affectionate!!! A Siberian never runs off and hides under a chair or bed when seeing a stranger. Unlike many breeds this breed will come over and greet the stranger. They are very intelligent and learn quickly and even "problem solve" to get what they want. They love to be spoken to and will come running if called by name. Siberians also have a triple purr and unlike other breeds have a chirping sound when coming up to greet you. They also have a large bushy tail that stands at attention and does a shimmering effect when happy, that may look like they are spraying to some which is not what they are doing. Siberians have a fascination with water, often dropping toys into their water dishes or investigating bathtubs before they dry. This is the ideal lap cat that is calm and yet very active at playtime.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BREED

As large as a Maine Coon, These big teddy bears are sweet, loyal, playful, and energetic!

Rating the breed on a scale of one to ten the Siberian rates the following:

Activity level - 6 Affection toward its owner - 7 Intelligence - 8
Playfulness - 8 Vocalism - 3 Independence - 6
Need for attention - 5 Docility - 3 Healthiness & hardiness - 9
Need for grooming - 3 Compatibility with children - 8
Compatibility with other pets - 8

More Siberian cat Breed Information

Choosing a Siberian
Siberian Cat Hypo-allergenic Cat Breed Summary
The Siberian: In Search of the Siberian Cat (Cats & Kittens)

Show Standards

Siberian Cat Breed Standard (AACE)
Siberian Cat Breed Standard (TICA)
Siberian Cat Breed Standard (CFA)
Siberian Cat Breed Standard (FIFe)

Cat Breeds Cat Classifieds