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About Siberians

General Description

The majestic Siberian is a strong, powerfully built cat with strong hindquarters helping them jump exceptionally high. They are a slow-maturing breeding reaching full magnificence at about 5 years of age. Siberians are large cats with a substantial rounded body reminiscent of a barrel and heavily boned legs to support the substantial body structure. Their paws would do a heavyweight boxer proud! But for all their powerful strength, these are gentle cats that enjoy playing and clowning around with their families.

Siberians are aboriginal forest cat native from the taiga of Siberia, this cat is created by nature to survive The taiga, also known as the boreal forest and characterized by coniferous forests, is the world’s largest terrestrial biome and covers in North America most of inland Canada and Alaska. Much of Siberia is taiga as are areas of northern Europe. Large population centers, such as Moscow and Toronto, can be found in the southern portion of this biome, but the northern portion is largely unpopulated.


Temperatures vary greatly between winter and summer seasons. Winters are long and cold, and the summers are short and cool. Precipitation is moderately high throughout the year with snow occurring during the winter months.


The Siberian Forest Cat (Siberian) is the National Cat of Russia. The natural breed has existed there for hundreds of years. There is documented history of the Siberian as early as the year 1000. It is a cat from which many fairy tales have been derived. 

After living in the cold Russian climate for generations, the Siberian developed a hardy constitution. In order to survive the harsh conditions, they developed a dense triple fur coat that is water resistant. Siberians are not true shedders, nor does their coat mat.

Farmers and trades people were the people who cared for the Siberians as the cats were needed to protect grain and other products.  Stories are told of shopkeepers in Moscow competing with each other over whose cat was the biggest. 

The Siberian was a favorite of children and cat lovers in Russia and are written into Russian Fairy tales as protectors of children and magical beings.  In the 1870s they appeared in the first cat show and we also find a reference to Siberian cats at the 1884 show in Madison Square Gardens. The first Siberians imported into the USA in 1990 by Elizabeth Terrell (Starpoint Cattery).  
Personality

Siberians use their incredible intelligence to solve all kinds of problems-like determining to how to open a door to be with the owners they adore, how to get to the cat food for an extra meal, or how to recover the favorite toy their owner thinks they have so cleverly hidden out of reach! 


They are powerful agile cats that can leap great distances and heights, sometimes appearing to fly through the air, but despite their size, they are adept at negotiating obstacles in their path without knocking them over. At the same time, they love to play and will entertain you with their clown-like antics. They adore their human families and their visitors-with children holding a warm spot in their hearts. They have a wonderful depth to their purr and talk to you with a chirping sound, particularly when they are coming to greet you when you have been out.


Traits

While considered a semi-longhair, the Siberian’s coat varies with the season. In the winter, it will have a thick, rich, full, triple coat that would have protected it from the elements in its native Russia. In the summer, they shed the heavy winter coat for a shorter, less dense coat. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including pointed, with deep intense colors and rich patterns that make them a dramatic stand out from the everyday cat.


The Siberian is a medium, strong cat with heavy boning and a powerful musculature that takes up to 5 years to reach full maturity. They have rounded contours to the body resembling a barrel and rounded, gentle contours to the modified wedge head. Their large eyes are almost, but not quite, round and will appear rounder when the cat is alert or startled. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs giving them the powerful lift they need to get to those high places they just have to reach! The overall impression of the mature Siberian is one of the balance, circles and roundness.

Are Siberian Cats Hypoallergenic?

Siberian cats, also known as Siberian forest cat, tops all the hypoallergenic lists, as it is reportedly the least likely breed to cause problems for its owners. Siberians have lower dander levels in comparison to other breeds, making it possible for most people that suffer from allergies to own this cat. In addition, each person can react differently, Please see our Information page for a more thorough explanation.