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Siberian Cats

Siberian cat with a paw up sitting against a white background Siberian cat out in the snow A beautiful grey tabby Siberian Siberian cat with tail outstretched sitting against a white background Siberian cat sitting on the grass

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The Siberian cat is a very old breed of cat that comes from Russia. The earliest record of this breed is from 1000 AD. Slightly more recently they first appeared in cat shows in the 1870s with reference to a show that took place in Madison Square Gardens in 1884. The first photo of Siberian was in 1900 in a book written by Helen Winslow. Before 1980 there is very little record kept about the breed so there is very little information about the breed before then. The 1980s saw the start of records being kept. Kotofei Cat Club wrote the first standard for the breed in Moscow. Two Siberian cats named Mars and Roman were used to base the breed standard on. Mars was a blue lynx point and white and Roman was a brown tabby and white.

In 1990 Elizabeth Terrell imported 3 cats to America. Soon after in 1997 Dana Osborn also imported this breed. In 1998 the first Siberian litter was born in America. The International Cat Association accepted as a new breed in 1992 and by 1996 had granted them championship status. The Cat Fanciers Association granted the breed championship status in 2006.


Siberian cats are very agile, but strong and powerful cats. They love to have freedom to dash about. They have a lovely, sweet natured temperament and are very affectionate. They particularly enjoy the company of children making them a great family pet. They are laid back and get on well with other pets. This is also a very intelligent breed and they have been known to be able to open doors and get at anything they want to. They are a quiet breed that prefers to communicate with their owners through quiet trills, chirps, and purrs.


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Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: Russia
  • Rough date of Origin: 1980s
  • Hair length: Longhair
  • Activity Level: Medium
  • Vocalness: Medium
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Steady Temperament
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Weight: 4.5 - 9.0kg
  • Size: Large
  • Allergy friendly: Yes
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
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Siberian Pictures

Siberian Cat with Lion Cut
A cat staring at a hamster cage

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Siberian is best breed ever - Brian, Florida,

The synopsis listed here is spot on. I've had a LOT of cats. We take care of around 20-30 cats at a time through a fostering program. We also have 3 of our own dogs and 3 cats. Being from Siberia (aka Forest Cats) Bane's coat protects him well from the wet and cold elements. His coat is twice the density of normal cats and waterproof so he doesn't mind getting wet. In the summer in Florida he needs to have a lion cut or he is very uncomfortable and walks around complaining (via his constant roaming and Meowing for my attention). He goes room to room on his own opening the doors along the way; as long as they are the latch type handles that he can jump up and grab. He gets along with all animals he has been around as though they aren't even there. (Including possums, squirrels and raccoons) He is fine by himself. He sheds quite a bit in the summer so a lion trim addresses that as well. Bane is a strhe is cat yet gentle as any I have ever experienced. I have never seen him act aggressively except in self defense if escape isn't an option. He would rather run than fight. He loves being brushed and sitting in laps. His fangs protrude from his mouth. He drools like a dog when petted. You cant go wrong with a Siberian. Extremely loyal and highly intelligent. He must be kept cool in the summer by trimming his coat .