Cat breeds: the Siberian cat characteristics and behavior

The Siberian cat is a domestic cat original from the icy taigas from Russia. His triple coat allows him to protect himself from the intense Siberian cold.

Russia gives us the beautiful Siberian cat.  Siberian cats are beautiful specimens originating in the Siberian taiga.  This is undoubtedly the cause of their thick fur.


These cats have been known in Russia for several thousand years.  The first mention of the Siberian cat dates back to 1871 in a book written by Harrison Wier.  Siberian cats first came to the United States in 1990.  The International Cat Association recognized them in 1996 and the American Cat Fanciers Association in 1999.  They were followed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 2006.

Due to the high cost of importing a Siberian cat, most of them have remained within Europe.

Physical characteristics

This cat is very athletic and a great jumper.  His bone structure is that of a strong and very well structured cat.  His especially round eyes give his face a very sweet look.  The hind legs of the Siberian cat are slightly longer than the front, which gives him a tremendous ability to jump.

His coat has three natural layers.  This protects the Siberian cat from extreme cold.  The coat is textured and glossy.  Coat color varies greatly.  They can be striped, solid, tortoiseshell, and colorpoint.

Siberian cats can weigh between 8 to 15 pounds, sometimes more.


Siberian cats have an interesting personality.  They are usually not shy cats.  They are very affectionate with their owners and are not aloof with strangers.  His affection for humans makes them be very close so you can expect them to walk with you everywhere.

Besides this, the Siberian cat is very active and playful.  He will possibly make a toy out of anything.  It is a good idea to give him toys to challenge his intellect such as puzzles.

Caring for a Siberian cat

The cat’s triple coat must be brushed several times a week to prevent tangling. During spring and fall they shed more than normal so brushing should be more frequent at that time.  He rarely needs a bath.  The truth is that their fur, which by the way is considered to be hypoallergenic, is water resistant.

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