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Russian Blue

Russian Blue

The Russian Blues are a strikingly beautiful cat breed and quite famous for their loving nature. They are known for their playful demeanor and make great pets for families with children. Although they can be shy in nature in the beginning, you will feel affection for them instantly.

Sounds interesting, right? And if you are new to the pet world, then knowing everything about this cat breed will help you a lot in adopting them.

So, if you're considering adding a Russian Blue to your family, here are some things you should know about this wonderful breed.

Which Homes Are Best

As said already, Russian Blues tend to be quiet, but they're entertaining and lively as well. This makes them fit for bigger families and small families at the same time. They actually get along well in pretty much all kinds of homes.

You see, this breed's cats are extremely welcoming to other pets such as dogs. And like dogs, they will also greet you at your door. On the one hand, they seem to be quiet around visitors; on the other, they're so much fond of their own people. These traits basically make them ambivert by nature.

In short, this breed can be easily accustomed to both calm and flocked houses. Moreover, you wouldn't even need to be worried about your little children having these cats around. Because they’re particularly soft and sweet to children.

Lifespan

Naturally, these Toms' life expectancy is about 15-20 years. That’s because Russian Blues are normally healthy and active without being prone to any life-threatening diseases.

Average Size

A Russian Blue generally weighs around 7-15 pounds, and its height can be about 10 inches. Also, a female Russian Blue typically weighs less than a male Russian Blue.

Their size also depends on your maintenance and care. Although they normally don't require much, at the end of the day, they would need ample food and reasonable attention.

This breed loves food, and this can lead to obesity and other diseases related to it. Therefore, you must create an appropriately divided diet chart by consulting a vet.

Breed Background

Breed Origin

This breed isn’t man-made. The Russian Blues are a natural breed. And that's why they have a long history which makes it tough to detect their true origin.

Original Gene Pool

It is believed that Russian Blues have originated in Northern Russia, a place named Archangel Island. That is why once upon a time, they used to be called Archangel cats as well.

This breed was approved of by the Russian royals and czars, similar to the tuxedo cats who were used to be worshipped by the ancient Egyptians.

Breed Founder

In the late 1800s, in several areas of Europe and Great Britain, Russian Blues had traveled by ships. Also, they had been seen as competitors in the first-ever cat displays in England.

The expansion of this breed took a high route once they got into Europe. Especially in Scandinavia and Great Britain, cat displays were very famous. In 1912, they were given a category of their own by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.

However, the first arrival of this breed in the USA was in the first half of the 1900s. But they only became famous there after World War ll. Now, they’re popular in the Northern American cat association for the championship.

So, quite an interesting journey these Russian Blues had!

Appearance

Russian Blue cats are normally medium in size. However, they seem to appear bigger than they actually are. And it's all because of their incredibly dense, fluffy twofold coat without shedding much, which makes them perfect for any allergic pet parents. How cool!

Description

Russian Blue cats are endowed with very fine-boned bodies. This is why they look quite masculine and strong. They look so attractive because of their great shape and posture.

Although we call them Russian Blue, the color of their bodies ranges among various bluish grays, and that can be anything between faded silver and intense slate.

Furthermore, if you see them, you'd notice their perfect-size head with a smooth and moderate wedge. They also got long necks but looked slightly shorter because of the thick fur.

Ears are also big, and tips aren't rounded much; rather, those are tapered. Also, the ears are placed far apart but close to the crown of the head.

Now, which physical feature of a Russian Blue do you think compliments their furry coat? If you are thinking about their eyes, then we are on the same side. You see, they really got two beautiful wide-rounded eyes with perfect tints of green.

Legs are well boned and long as well. Paws are tiny and just rounded. They’re also blessed with long tails.

Personality

This cat breed is noticed to be a very engaging and sophisticated friend. They like to evaluate unknown people to decide whether they’re worthy of their loyalty and friendship or not rather than running straight to their laps for attention. They also like to maintain their dignity.

These feline companions can be very desirable to all ages of people. Be it an old person, an adult, a kid, or another animal, Russian Blues are sweet and delicate to their favorite people, which is exactly opposite to their shy nature normally.

Nonetheless, this breed is super intelligent, enthusiastic, self-reliant, and competitive. They don't like their daily routine to be interrupted by anything. At an early age, they mostly like to play, so don't forget to pile up cat toys!

However, with age, they get quieter. This charming cat breed appears to be happy pretty much all the time.

Indoors or Outdoors

I would say Russian Blue is an appropriate indoor pet. As I've already mentioned, they have kind of a "Meow" nature or joyous personality, to be exact.

So, being indoors, they're gonna have an amazing time with the other family members or pets. But with adequate supervision, they can be taken for a walk now and then. They will not show any bad manners. Nevertheless, they will not go outside on their own.

Noisiness

Well, normally, a Russian Blue would get excited if given toys. But they're very calm in general. Sometimes it is quite surprising to people that this breed is not jumpers or hunters.

What I'm trying to say is they don't intend to put up a fight or create chaos or noise. However, they can be quite vocal when they try to communicate that they’re hungry or they want to play with their owners.

Interaction

As already mentioned above, Russian Blue cats are soft-spoken. They only communicate when they need affection or are required to meet their basic needs.

They don't even mind busy owners as they sometimes need alone time to sleep. But once you are home, they would like to play with you pretty much all the time.

Also, some Russian Blue owners have mentioned that they like to mimic whoever they’re interacting with. And they even get it somewhat right. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Intelligence

Yes, Russian Blues are wonderfully mature and smart felines. That is why they need toys for physical and mental incitement.

They can understand when they're being made fun of. Or when they're getting the love and admiration they usually crave. They very much like to retain their value.

Playfulness

As a peaceful and robust cat breed, Russian Blues surely love to play. They don't even mind playing on their own, like chasing the sunbeam or tearing their toys apart.

They would just need a comfortable place. Getting their owner or children to play with them would be the cherry on the cake for them.

Friendliness

Russian Blues are remarkably warm and generous to their beloved people. They would play fetch with you, explore new spots with you.

They also love to cuddle with familiar people. But that doesn't mean they’re clingy or disturbing. They have been proven to be an enjoyable companion.

Children

As Russian Blues are playful by nature, they can be a perfect companion for your just growing kids. They can be helpful to teach your kids how to socialize, shape their behavior towards animals and other human beings.

Other Animals

This breed gets along nicely with other animals. So, if your home is a hybrid pet ground, then Russian Blues can be a wise addition to it. They don't attack other animals unnecessarily.

Because they’re absolutely naive in nature, don't introduce them to wild animals, and they should be good.

Breed Predisposed Ailments

Usually, Russian Blues don't have many health issues. But according to the ASPCA, they’re at risk of acquiring urinary tract issues and bladder stones.

Therefore, it's better that you vaccinate your kitten as early as possible. That'll definitely protect your cat from common cat diseases.

Grooming

One of the things that might be annoying to some cat owners is finding their cat excessively shedding. If that is the case, then you're in luck with a Russian Blue. Because they don't shed much. They have very thick coats and don't even need much grooming.

Brushing

This breed has a very wonderful dense, shimmery and plush coat which is very easy to brush and care for. Casual brushing is enough to keep their coat fluffy and silky.

Ears

Not only their furry bodies, but you also need to take care of their other features, such as ears. If you notice any kind of mud or debris in their ears, use a soft cotton ball or other pet ear cleaner to gently clean it.

If there is any sign of infection or inflammation, don't waste your time and immediately consult your vet regarding it. Always look for the signs like excessive head shaking, licking, or tiredness in them. You can also occasionally trim their nails for better hygiene.

Finances

Russian Blues aren't uncommon to the breeders. Thus, they aren't the rare blue cat like the Chartreux. That's why they don't cost excessively like the other unique breeds.

Cost of Kittens

Normally Russian Blue costs around $800-$1200 if you're getting it from local breeders. Nevertheless, popular breeding farms can cost you more than that. The price would be around $1500-$3000.

But there are also adoption centers where you can adopt them by spending only $100-$250.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • People allergic to cats tend to tolerate Russian Blues better
  • Amicable, easily mingle with other pets and children
  • Can be easily groomed because they're very active
  • Aren’t linked to any destructive genetic cat sickness or infection

Cons

  • Russian Blues are foody, so you need to be careful about their weight, diet, and nutrition
  • Can be less outgoing
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 7-15 pounds
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Colors: Blue/Gray
Suitable For: Single owners to large families with children
Temperament: Sweet, playful, intelligent, enthusiastic, self-reliant

Final Thoughts

Do you know Russian Blue cats are considered the bearers of good luck? Yes, in some cultures, they're kept in the children's room for their protection from the evil spirit. But obviously, those are superstitions and shouldn't be believed.

Nevertheless, if you're a new cat owner, then nothing can be better than a Russian Blue for the all-time Monalisa smile and cheerful nature.

Let us know your thoughts on the breed in the comments.