Facts about Russian Blues!
Russian Blue cats are certainly a breed of elegance! With their shimmery blue coats and striking emerald eyes, they have a regal, sophisticated look that is hard to ignore. It's believed that the breed has ties to Russian czars and other members of the aristocracy, which adds to their unique charm. They are also known for their intelligence, loyalty, and playfulness, making them an ideal companion for any cat lover.
The basic facts
Russian Blue cats grow to be approximately 10 inches tall and weigh 7-15 pounds. If well cared for, they can live 15-20 years – if not longer! These kitties are also referred to as Archangel Blues, Foreign Blues, or Maltese Cats.
Russian Blue cats are an amazing breed of cat with many unique characteristics. They stand out with their bright green eyes, wedge-shaped heads, and slender builds compared to their blue cousins.
Are they really from Russia?
The Russian Blue Cat is a beautiful and mysterious breed with a fascinating history. While we can never know their true origin, they likely hail from northwest Russia, where they may have been the beloved pets of the Russian czars. Unfortunately, there is also speculation that they were hunted for their prized pelts.
It is believed that Russian sailors began bringing these cats aboard their ships sometime around the 1860s and eventually spread them to Great Britain and Northern Europe. This could explain why they are sometimes referred to as Archangel Blues, as Arkhangelsk, the port city from which they may have departed, translates to “Archangel” in English.
No matter their origin, the Russian Blue Cat is a stunning and unique breed, and one of the most popular cats in the world.
Did you know?
Russian Blues have a fascinating history! After World War II, the breed was in decline, but dedicated enthusiasts were able to preserve the bloodline. To further develop the breed, they crossbred Russian Blues with Siamese cats in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark to create cats that were slightly longer and more angular. In Great Britain, the breed was crossed with Bluepoint Siamese and British Blues to create thicker, stockier cats. Fortunately, the breeders’ efforts were successful, and the Russian Blues we know and love today closely resemble the original breed.
What about their personalities?
While they are happy living with families and even other pets, Russian Blue cats tend to form a deep connection with only one person. They are curious and intelligent, but also affectionate and calm. When they first meet you, they may be a bit shy, but once they open up, they are incredibly loving and playful. Once they bond with someone, they will be very sensitive to their pet parent’s emotions – if you’re sad, don’t be surprised if your Russian Blue pats your face to cheer you up! If you're looking for a loyal and loving companion, a Russian Blue cat would make a great choice.
Top five facts about the blues!
1) Russian Blue cats have a slightly upturned mouth, giving them subtle smiles similar to Mona Lisa’s famous smile.
2) Internet sensation Nyan Cat, the half-cat, half-Pop-Tart animated meme is based on the illustrator’s Russian Blue, Marty.
3) The Russian Blue cat was shown at the world’s first Cat Show in London. Unfortunately, the Russian Blues were not eligible to win any prize. But in 1912, The Russian Blues were finally recognised as an official breed in the USA.
4) Russian Blues have their gorgeous blue-grey colouring because of a diluted form of the gene responsible for black hair. This dilution is what gives the Russian Blue its unique colour. It's a fascinating example of gene mutation and how it can result in beautiful and unusual characteristics.
5) Russian Blues have long been known for their unique beauty, but according to folklore, their purpose goes beyond aesthetics. It's said that Russian Blues were kept in the chambers of newborns to ward off evil spirits. Whether or not this is true, the Russian Blue's striking appearance and loving personality make it a favourite companion to many families.