Cat Breeds 101: Russian Blue!

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Known as an aristocratic feline breed, the Russian Blue is a cat that is best distinguished by its short blue fur with silver tips. This cat was originally named the “Archangel Cat” because it is believed to have originated from the Port of Archangel in Northern Russia. The Russian Blue became famous in the West because it was frequently mistaken for the British Blue, another popular cat. [1]

The Russian Blue is perhaps best known for its striking emerald eyes. The breed is also noted for its elegance and impressive intelligence. These features have enabled these cats to stand out in show rings as well as make perfect pets at home. Indeed, these cats have been described as shy but extremely well mannered. [2]

Russian Blues are known to be engaging companions at home. This breed will rarely find itself getting into trouble because of their need to think things over.

Russian Blues have a tendency to be aloof, but they can be the perfect companion for an individual they deem worthy. When they find a person to be trustworthy, this cat may become affectionate and be an attention-seeker. For this reason, this cat can be very reserved toward strangers.

This type of cat is independent and can do well on its own for long periods of time. They are also known to be demanding and fearless. [3] Russian Blues are delighted to curl up on their owner’s lap whenever they are at home.

Compared to other feline breeds, a Russian Blue cat only requires minimal grooming. This cat will need occasional nail clipping and brushing.

Compared to other breeds, Russian Blues are less likely to suffer from diseases and may have little to no genetic issues. Thus, they have a longer lifespan compared to most other feline breeds. A Russian Blue has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

[1] Claire Bessant, Cat the Complete Guide (Barnes & Noble Publishing, 1999).
[2] James Richards, ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet (Chronicle Books, 1999).
[3] Vicky Halls, The Complete Cat (Random House, 2008).

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