December 12, 2018

The Gentle and Sweet Russian Blue Cat Breed

russian blue cat personality serious faceRussian Blue Cat. The name just sparks images of crystalized ice and purity. But the kitty behind the name is among the most loving of all creatures with a heart as warm as its personality. A cat judge once very aptly declared the breed the “Doberman Pinscher of cats.”

Can You Say Cat in Russian? The Brief History of the Russian Blue Cat Breed

To be brief is a big ask since this breed just screams of an interesting history.

To answer the question before moving on to the breed’s interesting past, ‘Cat’ in Russian is кошка, pronounced ‘koshka’. But it’s not as simple as just that… кошка actually refers to a female gender of cat. A boy cat is a ‘kot’.

The plural, cats, in Russian is ‘koshki’ (кошки) for girls and he-cats are ‘koty’ (коты). The diminutive form (kitty) is ‘koshechka’ (кошечка) for a female and ‘kotik’ (котик) for a male. Kittens are simply ‘kotyata’ (котята) and one kitten is a ‘kotyonok’ (котёнок).

Back to the past now. Although the origin of the breed is vague, they definitely hail from a cold climate such as would be experienced in Russia. They are known as Archangel Blues because they are believed to hail from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia. Rumor will have you believe a connection to the pampered cats kept by Russian Czars back in the day.

The descendants of these Czar-kitties would have migrated by ship to England and northern Europe in the mid-1860s. What is known is that the breed was not man-made but certainly a creation of Matushka Nature. Interbreeding during the lean years of World War 2, however, was actively corrected through a breeding program in the years that followed.

Before the war, the Blue first appeared on the world stage, competing against various other blue cats at London’s Crystal Palace in 1875. In 1890 British cat fancier, Mrs. Carew-Cox, first imported the Blues and went on to breed and show them over the years. Only in 1912 was the breed suitably established to compete in their own class rather than amongst other blue cats. This was all thanks to English and Scandinavian breeders who developed the foundation bloodlines for today’s Russian Blue.

America saw its first Archangel Blues early in the 1900s, but European bloodlines were incorporated only after World War 2. This resulted in the unique plush, silvery coats, emerald eyes, and distinctive profile of the contemporary Russian Blue Cat.

The Appearance of These Russian Kitties

An Irish Proverb suggests that Nature breaks through the eyes of a cat. This is well illustrated in this angelic breed with the most startling emerald eyes to be seen in a cat. Green eyes dominate a broad, wedge-shaped face with thinly-furred, large ears rakishly set to the side of a flat-topped head.

russian blue cats huddled together

The semi-foreign body type, moderate in shape, is not as short and compact as the Persian breeds but sleeker and more like the Oriental breeds, more notably the Siamese. They are medium sized cats, big on personality, with prominent whisker pads that are described as standing out like pin cushions. The breed has small oval feet, slender legs, and a narrow tail.

Patting an ‘Archangel Doberman-pinscher Blue cat’ is akin to running a silk scarf through one’s hand. Their distinctive coat is lustrous to the touch. Blues are only available in one color, although Russian Whites and Russian Blacks are also bred with their own standards. Blues are of an even colored blue with silver-tipped guard hairs.

Average Size and Weight of These Gray Cats!

Males tend to be larger than females, but the average Blue stands at ten inches and weighs between 2.27 and 5.45 kg (5 to 12 pounds).

“Blue” Russian Cat Coats and Colors Explained!

Blues are registered in only the one color. Blue! They can also only be short haired. The coat is an even, bright blue. Each guard hair gives the illusion of having been individually dipped in silver and this affords the coat a silvery, lustrous sheen. The short, thick, double coat has a plush texture which is described as being similar to that of a beaver or a seal.

To kitty philistines, these Archangels among cats may appear gray in color. The Cat Fanciers Association describes the coat for non-show Blues as an even, bright blue with silver-tipped hairs that give a glistening appearance. Blue kittens, or kotyata, may be born with “ghost stripes”.

These show the tabby heritage inherent is every cat and will fade with maturity. While the CFA only recognizes the Russian Blue, the American Cat Fanciers Association permits black. Other more liberal cat associations, notably in Australia and New Zealand, recognize “Russians” in white and black, too.

What to Expect from the Russian Blue Cat Personality!

In contrast to the stereotypical kitty, this Archangel Cat tends to become anxious when ignored. Being a sensitive cat, this breed will suffer emotionally if they fail to receive as much affection as they give. And they are really extremely loving to their people (makes them great emotional support animals!). They may take a backseat with visitors in order to fully decide whether they want to be friends.

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But once they have decided you’re worthy, they love to love. Lack of attention will not be tolerated.

Blues love to play, even going so far as to fetch, a pastime they enjoy immensely. Not only are they extremely playful, they are also remarkably intelligent. Your Blue will welcome you home, and then be content to quietly accompany you with whatever it is you may be doing.

They are equally content to while away their hours observing as they are performing tricks for an appreciative audience. Even if it is only an audience of one. The Blues do not behave badly when left alone at home and will respect you and yours. Do not be tempted to leave your Blue alone for extended periods though, since they are companions who prefer company.

These Angels of the Cat world are very accepting of loving children with a gentle hand. The same applies to other animals, be it fellow pets of the canine or feline denomination, who are friendly towards the Blue. Reciprocation is foremost in their accepting disposition, and the Russian Blue will treat others as they are treated, for the most part.

Affection, consideration and dependability will result in a uniquely strong bond between ‘hooman’ and ‘Archangel-Dobermanpinschercat’.

How Long do Russian Blues Live?

Expect your Blue to live to the ripe old age of between 15  and 20 years. Well cared for Russian Blues are expected to live even longer.

6 Fun Russian Cat Facts

  1. Blues belong to the same classification as the Korat of Thailand, the British Blue Cat, and the Chartreux of France.
  2. Other names for this breed are Archangel Blues, Foreign Blues, or Maltese Cats.
  3. The Russian Blues have sea legs. In the port city of Arkhangelsk around the 1860s, Russian sailors befriended the Russian Blue cats who became their onboard companions while sailing the seven seas.
  4. The designs you trace in the blue’s thick, dense cost with your finger will remain in place until smoothed over.
  5. The Archangel Blue forms a deep connection with only one person.
  6. They are extraordinarily sensitive to their chosen human’s emotions and are known to pat the face of their sad ‘hooman’ to cheer them up.

List of the Breed’s Potential Health Issues!

As with any naturally occurring breed, these cats are also naturally healthy. They may, however, present with the following conditions:

  1. Bladder stones
  2. Urinary tract issues
  3. Obesity.

russian blue kittens climbing tree

Russian Blue Kittens for Sale!

Expect to wait if you are looking to acquire a kotyonok of your own, but know that owning one will be well worth the wait.

How Much does a Russian Blue Kitten Cost?

Expect to pay between $400 and $600 for a Russian Blue kitten. The uppermost price should buy a decent cat with the expected extras, at the very least. Since breeders are few and far between, you might also have to factor in shipping charges for transportation at between $175 and $300.

Find a Reputable Breeder!

A reputable breeder will find out as much about a prospective kitty parent as possible to best pair the cat with the household, family or individual. Kittens and adults will always have been through a thorough health check and be inoculated and dewormed.

Adopt, Don’t Shop! Ask an Animal Shelter About Russian Blue Cats Up for Adoption!

Local animal shelters and humane societies may have Russian Blues available for adoption, and it is always well worth looking. These animal adoption agencies accept donations and their fees are incredibly reasonable. You might expect to part with no more than $100 to adopt a kitten. Websites may assist you in finding Russian Blues available for adoption.

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**Common Questions about the Russian Blue Cat Breed**

Should I be concerned that my Blue is gaining weight too quickly?

Will a Russian Blue kitten be a good choice for a family with small children?

Are Blues really from Russia?

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