Originally from Russia as its name suggests, the Russian Blue Cat has conquered, in a few years, Western and Northern Europe with its magnificent appearance, made of elegant lines and a coat as pleasant to see as it is to touch.
On the character side, It`s known for Its calm, Its attachment to Its master, and Its taste for play, without being an excessively active cat. Discretion is also one of Its main qualities, Its not a big mewer, and It prefers to keep Its distance in the presence of people who are not familiar to it.
Its ease of maintenance also contributes to making it a much sought-after and appreciated companion.
Other names: Russian and Nebelung
History of the breed
Not all sources agree on the precise origins of The Russian Blue Cat, but most locate them on the islands of the delta of the current port city of Arkhangelsk, in northern Russia. Some cats have developed a coat sufficiently dense to allow them to withstand the harsh winters that characterize the region.
The Russian Blue would then have arrived in England and Scandinavia around the 1860s.
It was exhibited for the first time at the Crystal Palace in London in 1875, where it was then called “Archangel Cat” (from the name of the archipelago cited above) or “Blue Archangel”. It was not until 1912 that the distinction was made with blue cats from other countries.
It was mainly British and Scandinavian breeders who continued the development of the Russian Blue breed. At the same time, others have done the same in the United States by crossing imported Russian Blues with cats of European lines.
Much later, in the 1970s, Russian breeders established in Australia married Russian Blue and White Siberian, resulting in the White Russian cat.
The Official Book of Feline Origins and other institutions recognize the colors blue, white and black.
The Nebelung is, meanwhile, the variety longhair Russian Blue.
- Its body: of mediolin, fine and elegant construction, inscribed in a rectangle, with well-developed bones and musculature, but without heaviness. The impression of robustness is accentuated by the density of the dress. The neck is both open and strong, always without excess.
- Its hair: short for Russian Blue and medium length for the Nebelung variety. Double, fine, with a soft texture and associated with a dense undercoat. The male Nebelung cat may have a well-defined ruff.
- Its color: blue all over the body, its shine being accentuated by the silver ends of the topcoat.
- Its head: triangle-shaped and wide. The muzzle is short and with rounded contours, unlike the rest of the head. The truffle is charcoal gray.
- Its eyes: large, wide apart, nut-shaped and intense green in color.
- Its ears: wide at their attachment, high, partly covered with long hair on the inside and shorter hair on the outside.
- Its tail: strong at birth, thinner and thinner over its entire length. At the Nebelung, it is generously covered with hair.
Behavior With Others
Extremely attached to Its master, the Russian Blue is not a “pot-of-glue” type of. It seeks the presence of Its owner, with whom It’s affectionate while knowing how to be discreet. On the other hand, It’s much more reserved with regard to foreigners.
Active without excess, very playful, and curious, It enjoys spending time with family members who are willing to occupy It through playful activities: object to catch, hide, and seek …
The Russian Blue is also a cat who enjoys spending time observing what is going on outside through the window.
In short, It’s a very high-quality companion, who takes time to trust and who, once integrated, becomes unparalleled loyalty.
Although its dense fur provides good protection against the cold and bad weather, the Russian Blue prefers the comfort and security of home to the bustle of the outdoors. This cat does indeed need to evolve in a calm environment.
It also needs to be in a place where It can play and relax. The necessary arrangements for such a companion include the essential scratching post and the cat tree.
The Russian Blue has adapted perfectly to urban and apartment life, even if it can adapt very well to a more rural and natural setting.
Health & Maintenance
The Russian Blue presents no predisposition to a particular disease. Like all cats and even if it ventures less outside than its congeners of other breeds, it must have its up-to-date vaccination against classic feline pathologies: rabies, typhus, coryza and feline leucosis (FeLV).
Its health needs are the same as most cats: quality and adapted food, regular hygiene, annual visits to the veterinarian (more frequent for older cats) …
Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes
The life expectancy of a Russian Blue is between 13 and 20 years .
The maintenance of Russian Blue is very simple. Weekly brushing helps keep Its beautiful coat and skin clean. It is also an opportunity to identify and treat any external parasites ( fleas , ticks, etc.), although its outputs are limited.
Brushing Russian Blue once a week. Brushing reduces hairballs and their consequences on their well-being, including intestinal obstruction. During the moult, brushing is to be done daily.
The hygiene of Russian Blue also concerns its claws, which have to be cut regularly because it does not wear them out quickly enough due to its less activity.
The inside of Its ears should be inspected and cleaned with a suitable ear lotion, given by the veterinarian, and a piece of cotton.
Balance must prevail when it comes to Russian Blue’s diet. It needs quality protein and fat without excess, in addition to other nutrients: vitamins, minerals… Premium kibbles are therefore an indicated choice for this cat, who can also receive a homemade diet.
Provided with kibbles It will get all the nutrients It needs. The veterinarian is best able to advise on this point. Not to mention water: Russian Blue must have plenty of it.