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Feline Breed Spotlight: Russian Blue

The Russian Blue!

History

This breed of cat originated in Russia, in the port town of Arkhangelsk. They are also sometimes called Archangel Blue (named after the port town). The Russian Blue has a thick, dense, warm coat, which allowed it to thrive in the cold Russian climate. The breed made it’s way to other countries via sailors fascinated by the breed who took them overseas when leaving the Russian port town. This is a naturally occurring breed, as it was not created by human involvement. Nowadays, the breed is sustained by many years of selective breeding of only blue short haired cats in breeding programs. This has resulted in a breed with a distinctive appearance and a unique personality particular to the Russian Blue.

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Temperament

They are an intelligent breed, they can learn tricks and love a game of fetch. They are known for their sweet and docile personalities and the way they develop close bonds with their human. They are generally a quiet breed and can become shy unless they are brought up in an active household. They are independent and can tolerate being alone, however they do prefer the company of their humans.russian-blue-cat-573629__340

Is this breed right for you?

  • They are a low shed cat due to their dense coat. Expect more shedding in the spring and fall when there is a seasonal change.
  • They can be shy and have a tendency to be easily startled.
  • They like routine, uniformity and predictability.  They do not like change and can be easily stressed by it.
  • They are good hunters, able to catch rodents, birds, rabbits and small reptiles. They are not a good breed to have if you have these other small pets in your house.

Health concerns

Both pure-bred and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be either influenced by genetics or environmental factors.

The Russian Blue is a healthy breed and there are no known major health concerns associated with this breed. This can be partly contributed to the fact that the Russian Blue started out as a naturally occurring breed. One thing to note is that the Russian Blue has a hefty appetite. If feeding is not portion controlled this breed has a tendency to become overweight or obese.

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