The Russian Blue is believed to be descended from royal felines, but there’s nothing snooty about it. Independent yet affectionate, this stunning kitty fits well into any household
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Although little is known about the ancestry of the Russian Blue, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it turned out that this majestic feline was indeed descended from the royal cats of Russian Tsars as many are wont to believe. Blessed in the looks department, the breed’s lush silvery blue coat, mesmerizing peepers and graceful demeanor give it a regal air. While its exact origins have never been established, the breed is said to have originated from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia and was subsequently brought to Great Britain and Northern Europe by sailors in the mid-19th century. The colour in its name is not, however, a reference to its purported royal roots. Rather, it is an allusion to the kitty’s famous short double coat, which usually appears to be a shade of blue with silver tips or at times, a soft black. Its fuzz is thick, plush, and shimmers when light reflects against it. Completing the Russian Blue’s attractive appearance would be its eyes, normally in a striking, vivid green or yellow. Some even compare the feline’s slightly upturned and enigmatic smile to that of the famous Mona Lisa’s.
At first glance, the Russian Blue appears to be a reserved feline that’s gentle, quiet and shy. Unbeknown to many, it enjoys jumping and climbing onto high places where it gets the best view of people and situations before deciding if it wants to join in the fun. It is capable of playing fetch with its paw-rent and especially likes feather toys. Such impish
- ȗ Size Medium; 3.5 to 7 kg.
- ȗ Colours Bluish-grey, grey, and black.
- ȗ Grooming frequency Low.
- ȗ Exercise Medium energy level.
- ȗ Temperament Intelligent, playful, and affectionate.
- ȗ Lifespan 15 to 20 years.
- ȗ Health issues Bladder stones and obesity.
- ȗ Suitable for first-time owners? Yes.
- ȗ Suitable for families with children? Yes.
- ȗ Suitable alone? Yes.