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.