The Russian Blue was also known as the Archangel Cat as it is believed to have originated in the Russian port of Archangel. They were transported to Western Europe in the 1860s by sailors, and early records described their thick, seal-like coats were their natural protection against the very cold Russian climate. They were exhibited at the Crystal Palace cat shows in England from the mid-nineteenth century.
The Russian Blue, with their vivid green eyes, long thin body and short distinctive double coat, is one of the most coveted of the short-haired cats. More recent developments are the Russian White and the Russian Black which, apart from their coat colours, are identical to the Russian Blue.
One of the special features of the Russian Blue is their prominent whisker pads - they stand out like pin cushions. A good Russian Blue should have large, thinly-furred ears, small oval feet, slender legs and a narrow tail.
The distinctive coat is a lustrous, even coloured blue with silver tipped guard hairs. Patting a Russian has been described as feeling like running a silk scarf through your hands.
Russian Blues are very loving and reserved. They do not like noisy households but they do like to play and can be quite active when outdoors. They bond very closely with their owner and are known to be compatible with other pets. They can happily live indoor or outdoor and will also suit small living space like apartments.
The Russian Blue's coat requires minimal attention. The less they are brushed, the more radiant the coat becomes.
Russian Blues have very few health problems with LIDA reporting hyperparathyroidism and hip dysplasia as being the most common inherited disorders in the older cats. Regular veterinary check-ups, routine preventative care and a nutritionally balanced diet will give your cat the best opportunity for a long and healthy life.
13 - 15 years