Russian Siberian Cat - Our
passion to breed the Siberian cat a hypo-allergenic Cat
of our lives, my wife and I had been severly allergic to cats.
I had family members who had cats who's homes I could never
visit. I could not go over friend's houses as a child if they
had a feline companion. I always was fascinated by cats, and
thought it was horrible that I could not even be around a cat
for more than 15 minutes, without my throat closing up and my
eyes wattering and itching, acompanied by bouts of sneezing.
The same was for my wife. When we were in our 1st apartment,
a friend gave us a kitten, so we thought, let's give it a shot.
Needless to say, 1 hr later, I was returning the kitten to my
friend, while my wife was in the shower, washing her RED eyes
one day, I was perusing the internet, and discovered the Siberian
Cat. I thought, this must be a hairless cat... and than first
saw a beautiful long haired siberian kitten. I thought, it could
not be true... that there would be a long haired pure-bred cat
that could possibley be a member of our family. It was than
that I had some fur sent from a breeder, to put in my pillow
overnight. After a week with no reaction at all, I decided to
give it a shot, and I ordered a kitten. We purchased our 2nd
Siberian Cat shortly thereafter, since siberians love to play
with each other so much, we thought 2 or more cats would be
best for them.
Years later, my wife and I both semi-retired, decided to dedicate
our home and our time to helping make this wonderful breed, who was
first brought to America in 1990, available to people who were
allergic to cats, but always wanted to enjoy the companionship
of a feline friend. Our siberian cats and siberian kittens are
from the best possible Siberian Cat Breed Stock, and all were parented by
international grand champions, imported from Russia. Our male,
Nicolai "smokey" was bred from Gray Black, and internation
grand champion, and Nastya Black, a Champion russian import.
We invested nearly $2000.00/cat in our Siberian Cat Breed Stock, and raise
wonderful family members, who are raised in our home, not in
a kitten mill. We firmly believe that our kittens meet the highest
possible breed standards, and many have the potential to be
kittens receive tender loving care, and constant human interaction,
which is why we beleive we produce the world's best Siberian
Cats and Siberian Kittens, sure to warm your heart.
Siberian Cats also love Dogs! Our siberian Cats and Siberian
Kittens are raised with our 2 golden retrievers and our bernese
mountain dog, "Mr. Bear"
a cat can be very pleasurable, but owning a Siberian cat is
a very rewarding, life changing experience. The Siberian will
become your best friend, confidante, problem-solver, and house
clown. Siberians are one of the most ancient breeds and began
as the Russian forest cat. We have images of them roaming the
Siberian Taiga (forestland) even today and they are reported
to be in large numbers in the wild Siberian outlying territories.
But another story unfolds in Russia. Siberian cats are now prized
house cats and many Russian families relay fond tales of their
Siberian cats and their amazing loyalty and personalities. In
1990, when communism fell and free trade opened up, the importation
of the Siberian cat to the United States began. For a Siberian
Cat Timeline, please click here
Siberians are Russia's native cats and come from the unforgiving
climate of the Siberia forest. Siberian Cats first appeared
in recorded history around the year 1000. Russian farmers and
trades people were the primary people who cared for the Siberians.
Siberian Cats were needed to protect grain and other products
from small varmints, as Russia was an agricultural country.
Shopkeepers in Moscow were known to compete with each other
over whose cat was the biggest and thickest. Russian people
like cats and most children in Russia grew up with a kitten
and the favorite cats were the Siberian cats. Siberian cats
even existed in Russian Fairy tales as protectors of children
and magical beings who opened gateways to realms beyond our
Siberian Cats are very personable and want to be near their
owners. They will meet you at the door when you come home and
explain their day to you. They are a quiet breed that has melodic
ways of expressing themselves using sweet mews, thrills, chirps
and lots of purring. They love to sit in your lap and be groomed.
A favorite pastime of one of mine is to find something and bring
it to me for me to throw so they can play fetch. All types of
toys intrigue them and they will play with just about anything.
Another thing that mine are intrigued with is the moving cursor
on the computer screen. You will need to shut the door of your
computer room if you want to get any typing done.
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.
breed standard with TICA ( The International Cat Association)
CATEGORY / DIVISIONS/COLORS: Traditional Category, all Divisions,
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.
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.
The tail is medium in length, wide at the base, blunt at the
tip without ticking or kinks, evenly and thickly furnished.
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.
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.
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.
Adult cats not having substantial weight. Straight profile.
Narrow or fox-like muzzle. Almond shaped eyes. Very long legs.
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.
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.