As with so many cat breeds, little is known of the Russian Blue’s origins. He probably does come from Russia—his thick coat is surely that of a cat from colder climes—and he is considered a natural breed, meaning Matushka Nature created him, not the handiwork of humans. The Russian Blue’s development as a breed, however, took place primarily in Britain and Scandinavia, starting in the late nineteenth century, when showing and breeding cats became a popular activity. Here are 5 Interesting facts about the Russian Blue Cat breed;
They are from the Archangel Isles
It is believed that Russian Blues came from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia. They made the journey to Europe, specifically Great Britain, during the 1800s and were most likely carried over by sailors. As a hail to that origin, they are sometimes called “Archangel Cats” or “Archangel Blues.”
They are known as the Lucky Blue
In Russian folklore, the Russian Blue was thought to be a good luck charm. There have been stories of a Russian Blue healing a sickly Russian prince and placing the cats in newborns’ chambers to ward off evil spirits.
The most natural cat breed
Now this is truly an amazing fact – Russian Blues are not a product of cross breeding, but rather a natural breed of cat. There are no specific, recurring health problems associated with Russian Blues.
They have a Silver-blue Double Coat
PThis breed’s famous coat of fur is actually a double coat. It is thick, plush and shimmers with reflective light. The undercoat is soft and downy, they truly have the most fabulous fur type! Using a shampoo that will bring their coat to life with color and shine, while nourishing their skin is key! The topcoat can sometimes be a soft black, but it’s normally a shade of blue with silver at the tips, giving the Russian Blues their trademark fur color. Their eyes are another stand-out feature, normally a vivid green or yellow in color.
Cleanliness is key
Russian Blues won’t even go near a litter box if it’s dirty. They’ll find other places to relieve themselves, so be diligent about cleaning it. Their famous fur also requires upkeep. Russian Blues should be brushed or combed twice a week with a leave-on daily brush spray. The dense coat needs to be cleaned of any dead hair and skin oils distributed so that it can maintain its immaculate sheen.
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
AFFECTIONATE WITH FAMILY ★★★★
AMOUNT OF SHEDDING ★★★★
GENERAL HEALTH ★★★★
POTENTIAL FOR PLAYFULLNESS ★★
TENDENCY TO VOLCALIZE ★★
KID FRIENDLY ★★★
EASY TO GROOM ★★
PET FRIENDLY ★★★★