History of the Russian Blue
Although most of the Russian Blue's early history is unknown, it is believed that British sailors who worked on board merchant vessels would bring blue cats to England in their travels from the shore of the White Sea, Arkhangelsk, therefore in earlier days they were called "Archangel Cat".
They were recognised to be an attractive cat and were shown in a class which included similar Blue Shorthair cats. In the late 1800's they became a recognised breed with the Governing Cat Council and were classed as the "Russian Blue"
Appearance of the Russian Blue:
The Russian is an exquisite looking cat with a plush double coat shimmering with silver highlights, their sleek appearance and mischievous emerald green eyes.
They have prominent whisker pads and should almost appear as if they are smiling. Their nose leather and paw pads are soft and lilac in colour. The green eyes are almond shaped and set wide apart. The ears are large, wide at the base and set high on the head.
The body is a medium size and well muscled. The legs are long and slender with oval paws.
Temperament of the Russian Blue
The Russian Blue has an exceptional temperament and is very devoted to their owners. They love to follow you from room to room brushing up against your leg. They have an inquisitive nature and can often be seen sitting closely observing you wash the dishes, attempting to play with the water. They are a quietly spoken cat with a very soft voice, however, they love to communicate in whichever way they can. The Russian is well suited to an indoor lifestyle as they are not a highly active cat.
The get along with children and make a great family pet.
Special thanks to Renae of Darkstar Cats for this profile and her beautiful photos and Karen for her photo of the gorgeous Bogart.