One of the most famous and admired cat breeds in the world is Russian blue, and it is easy to fall in love with. Its popularity comes from its incredible physical beauty and charming personality.
We know that Russian blue originally comes from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia (which is why the breed is also called Archangel Blue), but the details of this are not established. Specialists and researchers believe that Russian blue is one of the oldest natural cat breeds we know of.
In the absence of evidence and documentation, however, the history of domestic cats is shrouded in obscurity.
Some claim that Russian Blue is a descendant of the cats who used to serve the old Russian tsars. Others claim that for a period this breed was indiscriminately hunted for its striking, silky fur, to be used for jackets and collars.
The only thing that is completely certain is that Russian blue left Russia for the first time in the 1860s. They accompanied merchant ships that took them to England, where the aristocracy immediately adopted them. Due to its royal history, Russian blue is therefore one of the most popular breeds at cat shows.
Russian blue differs from other cats thanks to its unique fur. It is bluish gray with slightly silvery reflections, and is short and fine.
Although it is not common, there are specimens of the breed that have a little longer fur. The fur of this breed has double layers, which gives it a special texture. In short, it feels great to pat.
Another distinctive feature of them is their large, green and almond-shaped eyes. Their faces have perfectly balanced features, with perfect size, short nose and eye-catching whiskers. Its mouth pores go up a bit, which makes it look like they are smiling. The ears are long and pointed.
Russian blue is a medium-sized cat, and the males can weigh between 3.5 and 5 kg, while the females weigh between 2.5 and 4 kg. They are built neatly, but robust and strong.
This breed has a tender, kind and affectionate personality. It is also very intelligent, which is another reason for the breed’s popularity. They love to be petted, so owners should like to cuddle with their cats.
They are also playful and comfortable with children as well as other cats and even dogs. Like most cats, they tend to be shy towards strangers. They quickly learn the rules of the house and are extremely expressive and loyal to the family.
Another part of their personality is that even though they like consistent company of people, it is okay to leave them alone every now and then.
There are two things that Russian blue does not tolerate: changes in routine and lack of hygiene. This breed likes its routine and will stubbornly stick to its schedule. Russian blues always want to eat at the same times and they have to explore the house and its surroundings.
All variations in the schedule irritate them. But the most difficult thing is when you move. Therefore, this breed is not suitable for families who move a lot.
In terms of hygiene, this breed is the most tricky cat when it comes to the litter box. They need new cat litter daily if they are not to start urinating and defecating next to it in pure protest.
Thanks to its “purity” (not produced by cross-breeding) , Russian blue is one of the healthiest cat breeds. There are no known genetic problems or predisposition to disease. The life expectancy is relatively high and they often live for over 15 years.
Compared to other breeds , it does not shed much hair either. They do not require special fur care, and for fur-free furniture it is enough to brush the cat once a week.