Siberians are the National cat of Russia. They are ancient semi-longhaired cats and is recognized mostly by purebred cat breed organizations, which accept Siberians of any color.
The traditional and still most common coat color for the Siberian is the Golden Tabby look. Siberian kittens are short haired at birth with no outer guard hairs developing until they reach about 3 months of age.
Siberians are strong, powerfully built cats with muscular hindquarters, thick legs, and large well rounded paws. Siberians are solid, well rounded cats who largely resemble Maine coons and Norwegian forest cats.
Like many large cat breeds, Siberians are slow to mature and do not reach their full growth, coat and maturity until four or five years of age.
Siberians are considered to be quite intelligent and fairly good problem solvers. They are loyal, outgoing, playful, affectionate, and sociable making the breed a good choice for even dog lovers . They are very patient and good with children.
Siberians are known to be exceptionally active and athletic. They can jump great distances and leap to great heights with no effort required.
Their agility and grace believe it or not helps them avoid slamming into household objects. This is not the cat to leave alone in a room with priceless artifacts.
Siberians are dog-like in a number of ways. For example, they will run to the front door and greet their owners happily and follow them around the house.
They also like to respond to their names when called.
Some believe that the Siberian is the original ancestor of all longhaired cats. The siberian originated in the original northern part of the USSR.
It worked on Russian farms where its hunting skills were prized. The cat's thick double coat is a result of the harsh conditions it worked in.
Early Siberians were crossbred with native wild cats of all temperaments coats and types. Siberians were first imported to the US in 1990. The breed was registered by the CFA in 2000 and was granted full status in 2006.
However, Siberians are still quite rare in this country.
The Siberian is a hardy breed. There are no particular distinguishing health problems for this breed.
- Siberians are the third largest breed for cats
- Siberians are hypoallergenic which means allergy sufferers could put up with this cat.