russian blue

Unlike so many modern cat breeds, the Russian Blue is a naturally occurring breed which is believed to have originated in the port of Arkhangelsk, Russia, although the evidence for this is purely anecdotal. They are also sometimes called Archangel Blues. During and following World War II, due to a lack of numbers of Russian Blues, some people started cross breeding it with the Siamese. The Siamese traits have now been largely bred out. The majority of their modern breeding program has been carried out in the America

The Russian Blue is a type or breed of cat. It has a lean medium-sized body and a short, plush, blue-grey coat. The colour is a bluish-grey that is the dilute expression of the black gene. The coat is unique to the breed as it is a double coat, with the undercoat being soft and downy, and the longer guard hairs an even blue with silver tips. The tips give the coat a shimmering appearance. Its eyes are almost always a dark and vivid green. Unique characteristics include yellow eyes, white patches on the underside and dark banding on the tail. These cats are highly intelligent and playful but tend to be timid around strangers. They also develop close bonds with their human companions.


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