Appearance and features:
Known to be an exceptionally agile jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well rounded paws and an equally large full tail. They have barrelled chests and medium/large sized ears, large eyes, broad foreheads, and stockier builds than other cats. Their large round eyes give an overall sweet expression to their face. Siberians have a slight arch to their back, because their hind legs are a bit longer than the front legs. This shape contributes to their incredible agility and athleticism. Siberians express the three natural types of feline fur: guard hair, awn hair, and down hair. These three layers protect the cat from the Russian weather extremes, and provide a hardy, easy to care for coat today. The fur is textured but glossy, which decreases the occurrence of matting.
This is a medium to large -size cat weighing 8 to 16 pounds.
The Siberian Cat, is also known as the Siberian Forest Cat, or the Moscow Semi-Longhair, and the color point Siberians can be known as the Neva Masquerade in some registries. The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat
, to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia.
As with most other cat breeds, color varieties of the Siberian vary and all colors, such as tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and colorpoint, are genetically possible. The Siberian cat breed does not have any unusual, distinct, or unique fur colorations or patterns.
As far back as 1871, The Siberian Cat was mentioned in a book by Harrison Wier, which included information of the earliest cat shows in England . Siberians first arrived in the United States in 1990.
The breed is starting to gain in popularity due to the claim that it is a hypoallergenic cat. Although not proven scientifically, some Siberians do have a lower than average occurrence of FelD1 in their saliva, which is what causes the allergen. When a cat licks its fur, the saliva dries and flakes to create the dander to which people have an allergic reaction. This can vary from cat to cat and person to person
The Siberian is considered to be a loyal, outgoing, intelligent cat. They are good with children and pets as they are not timid or upset easily. Very affectionate and sociable, they love to be in your company and sleep at the foot of your bed with you.
Siberians can have issues with HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), which is a form of heart disease that causes the heart muscle to enlarge. It is found in pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats. Siberians are one of the breeds that may be affected by this disease, and can be terminal.