The Siberian Cat - a Russian longhair
An old noble breed, the Siberian cat has been around for several hundred years. While today's Siberian cats are loving and affectionate, Russian stories once likened them to huge beasties, capable of reaching weights of up to 45 pounds! These giant felines were said to be as loyal and ferocious as their canine counterparts, more that capable of guarding hearth, home and human.
The Siberian is one of 3 breeds of "forest cats" and is also considered one of the oldest "natural" breeds of cats. They have been around for over 1000 years in their native land of Russia, which while it was still the U.S.S.R. very few other breeds of cats entered the country; this selectively allowed this breed to remain pure for a very long time.
Siberian cats are gentle, loving and affectionate. They have medium-long fur, a rounded body, beautiful neck ruff and long flowing fur on their tails, giving it a very bushy appearance. Their fur is silky when they are kittens and slightly rougher as they mature.
Siberians are very good with children. They like to be noticed, they are sociable and curious; if you are doing something, they will watch and follow you around trying to help. They will easily win you with their loyalty and charm. Their personality is more dog-like than feline. They communicate in a variety of ways, from their expressive eyes, head butting, to their wonderful chirping and trills. They love human bonds and will develop a strong loyal bond to you, come when called and greet & say goodbye to you at the door. They are highly intelligent and train easily.
The Siberian cats are very muscular with large bone structure. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front, giving them the natural ability to pounce very high!
They are sometimes so huge that they are more similar in size to lynx than to ordinary cats. They are slow to mature and take 5 years to fully mature.
Unlike many breeds, Siberian cats have strong healthy immunities and easily cared for fur.
The Siberian cat, in spite of their chic fur, do not cause allergies! Scientists have found that protein particles in the saliva of most felines is an allergy agent that cats leave on their fur when grooming. The scientific studies have shown that the Siberian cats don't produce this protein at all, or it is produced in a very small quantity!
With their easy adaptability, gentle nature, intelligence , dog like loyalty and the fact that they are hypo-allergenic to the majority of pet sensitive people, it's no wonder that the Siberian makes the best pet companion in any household!