Russian Blue cats are beautiful, friendly, energetic, extremely affectionate, and loyal to their families. Though not much is known about their history, it is commonly accepted that Russian Blues did in fact come from Russia. English breeders first noted the cat in the early 1800's in the Port of Archangel on the Baltic Sea.
According to Cat Fanciers Association, the first Russian Blue breeding stock arrived in America around the 1940's. At one point, Blues were mixed with Siamese and to this day reminants of this blend still exist. Over time, these cats have built up a reputation of being extradoridinary companions. If you are lucky to have one, cherish your Blue and it will bring you a long life of love and affection.
5 Common Characteristics of Russian Blue Cats
Unless you have genetic records dating back several generations, there is no way to tell whether or not you own an exact copy of the original Russian Blue. However, there are qualities about your cat that may qualify it as a descendant of originals. Don't be discouraged!
Like us, our little feline friends are bound to have some genetic mix. If your cat has some of the common characteristics that evolved from the original Russian Blue, chances are it is at the very least, part Russian Blue! See, that's not so bad. According to multiple-breeder websites, Russian Blues have the following characteristics. Does your cat have any of them?
- Green Eyes: One sure-sign of a Russian Blue is its vivid green eyes. Also, their eyes must be set apart and aperture rounded in shape.
- Solid Blue Coat: 'Blue' is the term used for the color 'gray'. Therefore, Russian Blues are not blue at all but rather a solid gray! It's a little confusing, but it's what the breed standard calls for. Russian Blues should appear lighter gray, with a coat that shimmers. A true Russian Blue will not have any other color fur, though some have white fur on their throats.
- Mauve or Lavender Pink Footpads: Most cats commonly have gray footpads. Russian Blues are a little more unique and tend to have a slight purple or pink cast to their footpads. This is an easy characteristic to find. Just don't get scratched!
- Thick Plush Coat: Russian Blues tend to be extremely soft; almost silky. This is due to two very thick coats: one consisting of long hair and the other shorter hair. Similar to the British Shorthair, Russian Blues shed very little due to the density and strength of their fur.
- Long Tail: Blues generally have long tails that are proportionate to their body.
There are more characteristics that may be harder to note. Unless you know how to measure your cat's chin, eye separation, and the color code of it's fur, you are out of luck. Irregardless, if your furball has any of the above characteristics, in particular the green eyes and blue coat, there is a good chance that you've got a russian blue cat. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise!