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Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue Cat



Russian Blue Cat

Like many cat breeds, very little is known about the Russian Blue cat breed origins. Although he probably does come from Russia, his thick coat of fur is certainly that of a cat from colder climates, and he is considered a natural breed, meaning Mother 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.

Russian Blue Cat Information

The Russian Blue made it’s first appearance on the world stage at an exhibit of cats held at London’s Crystal Palace in 1875. Labeled an Archangel Cat, because he was said to be from the Russian island of Archangel, he competed against other blue cats of varying types. A newspaper report of the show described the Russian Blue as “very handsome” and “particularly furry,” adding “They resemble mostly the common wild grey rabbit.” Other early names by which the breed was known were Maltese and Foreign Blue.

A British cat fancier named Mrs. Carew-Cox began importing the cats in 1890 and bred and showed them through the turn of the century. She described them as having short, silvery fur, large ears, wide-set eyes and lean faces, with sweet, intelligent personalities—in short, much the same as the Russian Blue of today. In 1912, the cats were well enough established that they could be shown in a class of their own instead of being lumped together with other blue cats.

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