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Siberian Cat Breed History: Siberians have been around for at least one thousand years as far as recorded history. They were first mentioned in Harrison Wier's book Our Cats and all About Them, which included information about one of the earliest cat shows held in England in 1871. However, finding written information in Russia is fairly difficult. Despite the fact that the Siberian is a natural breed and is the national cat of Russia, its very ubiquity makes it taken for granted rather than worthy of note in Russian literature. Add to this the vast expanse of Russia which encompasses 13 time zones as well as a multitude of ethnic and cultural diversity and you have a cat that seems as difficult to standardize as the country which gave rise to it.

The Siberian, considered a semi longhair, has a rich full coat in the winter while the summer allows for a somewhat shorter less dense coat. The Siberian can come in just about every color of the rainbow but because of the rarity of the breed those colors may not be available in your neighborhood. The Siberian was accepted into the Miscellaneous class by CFA on February 6, 2000.

The Siberian cat is a natural breed from Russia. They are found in St. Petersburg and Leningrad. The first Siberians entered the United States in 1990. For a significant period of time, it was against the law in Russia to own and feed 'pets'. The Siberian ran the streets of Russia and survived 'underground'. Many found refuge in monasteries which in itself has been part of the historical lore of the Siberian.

Features: Most people who exhibit allergies to other cats, have little or no reaction to the Siberian. Siberians are loyal and friendly and make great companions. Their personalities are often referred to as dog like and do in fact exhibit protective qualities. Siberians are not an extremely vocal breed, they express themselves with a soft chirping. This is an intelligent cat with a bold wedge shaped head, rounded contours and expressive eyes. They are a semi-longhaired breed with thick undercoats that require minimal grooming. They are accepted in all color patterns. The Siberian is slow to mature, taking five years to reach full maturity.

Standard: General Description The Siberian is a large, strong cat which takes 5 years to mature. The females may 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 of a gentle slope from the forehead to the nose and a slight concave curvature before the tip. The neck is medium-long, rounded, substantial, and well-muscled.

Tail: The tail is medium length, wide at the base, blunt at the tip without thickening 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 widths 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 are desirable, but are secondary to type.


For a breed that began his journey to America 11 short years ago, the Siberian has purred his way into the hearts of North American cat lovers in record time. These cat comrades, known for their size, luxurious fur, and almost dog-like devotion, have achieved recognition in seven of the ten North American cat associations since their arrival in 1990; an amazing feat, and an indication of their appeal.

siberian cat timeline - history

Siberian Cat History
- Timeline

1000

Siberians first appeared in recorded history. Siberian Cats from the unforgiving climate in Siberia first appeared in recorded history around the year 1000.

1700

Siberians at first cat show in England. The Siberian cat was one of the three longhairs represented at the first cat shows held in England in the 1700's.


1900

First entry into USA found in a book. First entry into USA, found in a book -- originally published in 1900 by Helen M.Winslow entitled "Concerning Cats," "Mrs.Frederick Monroe of Riverside Ill. owns a remarkable specimen of a genuine Russian cat, a perfect blue of extraordinary size. The Russian long-haired pet is much less common even than the Persian and Angora."

1960

First feral pointed patterned cats found. Russian 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 1960s.

1987

The first cat show in the city of Leningrad, Russia. It was organized by two cat clubs ‘Kotofei’ and ‘Kis’. This is the actual date of the beginning of breeding of Siberians in St. Petersburg. The Soviet Felinological Association registered the Siberian breed. It included both the traditional colors and the Siberian color point (Neva Maskarade).

1990

06/28/90 Siberians First Arrived in USA. The first breeding Siberians were introduced in the United States in 1990. Elizabeth Terrell imported the initial kittens. They arrived on June 28, 1990. Their names were KALIOSTRO VASENJKOVICH OF STARPOINT, OFELIA ROMANOVA OF STARPOINT and NAINA ROMANOVA OF STARPOINT.
07/24/90 Registration accepted in ACFA. The original 3 Siberians imported by Beth Terrell were accepted for registration in ACFA
10/15/90 First magazine article in USA. Cat Companion from Friskies contained the first article about Siberians.
8/??/90 First ACFA show in USA Fort Worth
8/??/90 First TICA show El Paso

1991

WCF accepted a working Siberian Standard
7/13/91 First Siberian Litter sired and born in USA. "Anastasie gave birth to the first litter sired by Aleks - 3 babies in litter
Linda Gray and Mary Armentrout both of Maine were the first ones to purchase breeding cats from Beth "
Kotofei met in 1991 to establish their own Siberian standard.

1992

02/23/92 ACFA granted Siberians probationary status. ACFA semi annual approved the standard and granted probationary status
03/06/92 TICA accepted the standard. TICA accepted the standard with some adjustments & put Beth & Foye & Sandy Roberson on breed committee
03/08/92 CFF granted Siberians experimental status. CFF accepted the standard and the Siberian as Experimental - ( the first registry we had to work from the ground up
03/??/92 CCA, NCFA, & ACA approached CCA. NCFA ( later accepted ) & ACA approached & approved standards
CFF 91-92 show season first National year end award Starpoint's Irida Kaliostrovna earned the title of 2nd Best Experimental in CFF
11/??/92 TAIGA formed 11/92. The first Siberian Breed Club was formed by Elizabeth Terrill for the promotion of the Siberian breed through out all registries.
12/24/92 Second generation of Siberians born in USA. First litter of Starpoint kids born out of Starpoint Cattery to Mary Armentrout in Maine
06/24/93 First introduced to CFA. "The Siberians were first presented to CFA in 1993 by Linda Gray, but were not accepted for MISC. class. Starpoint's Irida Kaliostrovna & Starpoint's Karina Loukanovna - another cat was there from another importer from CA but did NOT look like the 2 Starpoint cats."
12/11/93 First Siberian Champion. First Siberian Champion in any registry - AACE - Audrey Oliver with non Starpoint cats - AACE accepted for championship immediately

1993

AACE new registry formed Siberian Accepted


1994

Russian Standard Official standard was accepted by the expert commission of WCF in 1994
03/10/94 Asked to present Siberians to CFA Board. Tom Dent ( CFA EXEC DIR ) asked Beth to present Siberian to board - she declined due to the expense ( remember they also invited the breed in 93 ) she sent written presentation
05/01/94 CFF accepted Siberian as provisional. Siberian grandfathered in as Provisional by CFF after a changing of their Experimental rules
10/30/94 First Grand Champion AACE - Troika Zahar Ahlmazovich
11/26/94 Largest competitive Siberians in one show. Largest competitive Siberians in one show - 13 - CFF

1995

Russian Standard published
04/30/95 First Supreme Grand AACE Troika Zahar Ahlmazovich
05/06/95 CFF accepts Siberians for Championship
Standard of St.Petersburg Felinological Society and was published in the compilation of WCF standards.
05/07/95 ACA accepts for championship

1996

01/01/96 Siberian accepted in Italy
05/01/96 CP accepted for championship in AACE
05/01/96 first Siberians in Canada
06/09/96 1st GRC Siberian in CFF Comrade Vashin Paschanovich- 1st and still only GRC in CFF
08/31/96 TICA accepted Siberians for championship

1997

02/28/97 Color point introduced in the US First color point was imported by Dana Osborn.
05/01/97 CP's accepted for NBC in TICA

1998

02/24/98 1st litter of colorpoints born 8 babies - Dana Osburn
09/01/98 1st white Siberian enters US Barbara Naame
09/01/98 1st Siberian in Hawaii

1999

02/20/99 ACFA accepts breed for Championship

2000

05/01/00 Accepted in CFA as MISC Accepted for Misc. Class in CFA.

2001

04/30/01 Siberian is TICA International Cat of the Year "IW,SGC Treskuchiy Sibirskiy Moroz Mur Owner: Dan & Judy Chappetta"

2002

05/01/02 CP advances to championship in CFF
05/01/02 CP advances to championship in TICA

Welcome to Exotic Siberian Cats.com, where we breed quality exotic siberian cats, the world's best breed of cat! Our Siberian kittens are loving, playful, energetic, full of purr-sonality and waiting to be new family members of loving homes. Siberian cats are known for their uncanny "dog-like" personality, and hypo-allergenic fur.

Meeko 1 year old, Tigger 7 Months

pricing kittens

Siberian Kitten Pricing: Russian Treasures Siberian Kittens range from $1000 to $1600 depending on color, show quality kittens range from $1250-$1800. Most of the time you get a show quality animal, at a pet quality price, unless there are people waiting that actually want to show their Siberian Cat. Sure, you can find a breeder who sells their kittens for a couple of hundred dollars less, BUT you can NOT find a Siberian Cat breeder with the same quality champion bloodlines who gives their siberian kittens as much care, love and attention we give ours.   We are not the cheapest, nor do we claim or want to be, but we are the best.  You are investing in an animal that will hopefully live 14-22 years of age.  Spending a few dollars more for grand champion 100% genetically diverse bloodlines, will not only save you much more in vet bills over the years, could possibly be the reason your cat lives so long!  For an example:  we only feed Royal Canin Dry Kitten Chow.  It is $35.00 per BAG!  Most breeders feed $8.00 a bag purina.  Once a kitten leaves our home/cattery, we have spent more on food and nutrition than most breeders even charge for their inferior kittens! Our kittens receive human interaction daily from 2 weeks of age and up. They are exposed to other cats, dogs, children, and given constant love and attention, raised under foot. They are litter trained by their mothers at 4 weeks of age. They are fed only top quality food with filtered water. Our bloodlines have no record of any health or genetic problems at all. Our lines are as genetically diverse as humanly possible. We invest thousands per cat in our Champion Breed Stock. Our cats not only conform to, but exemplify the Siberian Cat Breed Standard, and we continue to strengthen our lines while stressing strong genetic diversity and breeding for genotype (healthy genetic traits) , not just phenotype (physical traits like color) like most other breeders.

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)

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