Siberian cats are semi longhair breed of cat. They are large in body size and weigh up to 16 pounds. Legendry stories in Russia, which is the ancestral place fro this cat tells that this cat once weighed 45 pounds and was no less than a dog. However, myths apart, the present breed of Siberian cats are gentle and loving breed of cats which have huge, long and royally furry body. They are found in several colors. The Siberian Cats are rare breed of cats but they have a strong fan base in America. They are recognized by all the North American associations of Cats except CCA
Siberian cats are not recently arrived breed of cats. They have been
bound in Russia from as long as 100 years. It is said that they were
brought to Russia by Russians who were back from to Siberia to their
native land. In order to suit to the cold climate in Russia as well as
mating with the domestic cats of the country they acquired the longer
hair, durable coats and larger, stockier bodies. They were not much
known to the world until they drew attention at the first modern cat
show at Crystal Palace in London in 1871.
There are no prominent records of Siberian cats available in Russia
till 1980 as government discouraged the habit of keeping pets due to the
shortage of food and other resources. Very less family opted for cats as
pet and that is why cats lived on their own hunting mice in barns,
fields, and factories. May be this is how most of the Siberian cats
survived in Russia till that time. This may the reason that they
developed tough, large and agile bodies along with strong jaws.
It was in 1987 that the Russian Government finally took back its
restrictions on house pets. This was when breeders and fanciers in
Russia started forming cat clubs. In 1988 the first cat show in Russia
was organized and Siberian breed was officially introduced to the world.
The cat gained much popularity then and its demand rose worldwide. As
the cold war had also ended the Siberians were also exported to Russia.
By then American as well as other Europeans have been fancied by theses
Siberian cats are large, strong and well built. The furs of the
Siberians are their special quality. The overall appearance of Siberian
cat is round and bulky. They have well muscled body and backed slightly
arched over their shoulders. On an average they weigh around 8-16
pounds. They have medium built and their hind legs are slightly longer
than their front legs. A Siberian cats head is like a modified wedge
with curved contours. Their ears are medium-large, smoothed, and broad
at the base and slanted slightly forward. Eyes are round in size and
medium in shape. The Siberian cats have moderately long to long
Siberians are loving and playful cats. They are even friendly with
strangers. Very intelligent and loyal, Siberians are one of the most
popular breeds of cat n the world. They have a fascination with water
and food. They love being cuddled and enjoy sleeping in your lap a lot.
They are agile if compared to their body size. A Siberian cat is quiet
by nature but love getting attention. They are very easy to tame and