The Siberian cat is a breed of domestic cat.
The formal name of the breed is Siberian Forest Cat, but usually it’s simply called the Siberian or Siberian cat. Another formal breed name is the Moscow Semi-Longhair.
The Siberian cat has occurred naturally in the region of Siberia for over two thousand years.
It has been around in Russia for centuries as a standard domestic cat.
Siberian cats are found in Russian literature and fairy tales, and the breed is recognized as the national cat of Russia.
Russian families relay fond tales of their Siberians and their amazing loyalty and personalities, but these cats also have played a practical role on farms as rodent control.
The variety can be seen in Russian paintings and writings dating back hundreds of years.
It is uncertain when the Siberian cat was introduced to Europe, but the breed was written about in Harrison Weir’s late 19th century book, Our Cats and All About Them, as one of the three longhairs represented at the first cat show, held in England in the 1700s.
When the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States ended, the doors opened for the Siberian cat to be exported worldwide.
The first Siberians arrived in the United States in June 1990.
Although gaining in popularity, the expense of importing the cats from Russia keeps the breed relatively rare outside of Europe.
All long-haired cat breeds decended from these ancient domestic cats of Siberia, including the Angora, the closely related Norwegian Forest cat, and the uber-domestic Persian.
The Siberian cat has a typical lifespan of 10 to 18 years.
The typical Siberian Cat has an overall height of 23 to 28 cm (9 to 11 in) and body length of 38 to 46 cm (15 to 18 in). An average Siberian cat weighs between 5 and 9 kg (10 and 20 lb).
Exuding an appearance of agility and power, the Siberian cat has a stocky build, strong hind legs, and a calm expression.
Siberians express the three natural types of feline fur: guard hair, awn hair, and down hair. These three layers protect the cat from the Russian weather extremes, and provide a hardy, easy to care for coat today. The fur is textured but glossy, which decreases the occurrence of matting.
As with most other cat breeds, color varieties of the Siberian vary and all colors, such as tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and colorpoint, are genetically possible.
The Siberian cat breed does not have any unusual, distinct, or unique fur colorations or patterns.
It is noted to be an exceptional jumper and enjoys time in the water.
Although considered a quiet breed, the Siberian cat is usually friendly and desires the company of others as made clear through small shrills and purrs.
Siberian kittens tend to be very active. They are usually calm and happy to adapt to new surroundings, and their eagerness to blend with the family makes for an easily trainable kitten.
On average, Siberian cat prices range from $1,200 to $2,000 from a breeder, Excellent pedigree Siberian cats, from well-known breeding farms, with nice appearance cost from $2,500 to $4,000.