Kitten History: Russian Blue

Luminous green eyes and a silver-tipped coat confer a singular beauty upon this kitten.

By Stacy Hackett

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Russian Blue © Helmi FlickThe Russian Blue is captivating, without question. His short, dense coat is soft to the touch, and his lithe body shows regal bearing. Some cat lovers believe this royal demeanor reflects the Russian Blues heritage.

While some believe the Russian Blue is descended from the royal cats kept by Russian Czars, the true origin of this breed remains a mystery. Many believe the breed originates from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia. Legend tells us that the cats were brought from the Isles to Northern Europe and England in the 1860s.

From wherever they originally hailed, Russian Blues made their exhibition debut at the Crystal Palace in 1875, shown together with other blue-coated breeds. In 1912, the Russian Blue received its own class; some of the cats subsequently made their way to the United States. The breed began gaining popularity in the 1960s, and is today a favorite in both the show ring and the pet home.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/9/2013 11:49:12 PM


virginia    International

6/12/2013 1:24:33 PM

My rusion blue tiki was very demanding but very loyal to me and lovable she was the best cat i had ever owed. I had her from the time she was 5 weeks old untill she was 4years old our age. I had her four years and someone stoll her right off my front inside porch. Dhe nevet wrnt outside. She was afrraid of the out side. If u opened the door she would run in the house. So i know someone took her my baby. She slept with me . Followed me everyplace in the house. I cry still and its been 6 months since shes been goone. She was my baby. And i cant bring myself to get another cat unless its her or one just like her and it would have to be a baby...

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

4/15/2013 12:27:39 PM

Jill -- According to breed stories in CAT FANCY, the Russian Blue is considered a medium breed. Maybe your Bear has reached his full size. Have fun with your kitten!

Jill    Tucson, AZ

4/14/2013 8:09:18 PM

I got a Russian Blue kitten in November 2012. I was wondering how big the males get? Bear is almost six months now and he is so big already. His paws are huge and I already have him in an x-small dog collar. He is a hand full being a kitten and all. I adore him. If someone could point me in the right direction on a book I could read about his breed or knows the answer. Thank you.

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