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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Russian Blue

Little is known about the origin of the Russian Blue; however, stories and legends abound. Many believe it to be a natural breed originating from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia. Legend has it, these beautiful animals were trapped for their plush double coats, which are sometimes compared to the coat of a beaver or seal. Rumor also has it, the Russian Blue was a descendant of the royal cat of the Russian Czars and was a favored pet of Queen Victoria.

The Russian Blue is a gentle, affectionate cat easily distinguished from other breeds. One of the most outstanding features of the Russian Blue is a short, dense coat of an even bright-blue color with each hair dipped in silver. This silver-tipped sheen gives the Russian a lustrous appearance that can best be appreciated in natural light. The Russian requires a minimum of grooming with periodic nail clipping and a coat that can be kept looking good by frequent petting and an occasional combing. In lovely contrast to the blue coat, the Russian Blue has large, rounded, wide-set eyes that are a vivid green.

Those attracted by the physical beauty of the Russian Blue find the disposition of these unassuming cats equally appealing. Russian Blues are quiet, clean cats who are playful and loving companions. Despite their shy nature, Russians are devoted and quite affectionate toward their loved ones. They are very intelligent and have been reported to open doors and teach their owners to fetch. Sensitive to the mood of the house, Russians will clown to quiet a crying baby or sit patting your face to chase away the blues. They get along well with children and other pets.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011

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