Many of us recognize the Russian Blue cat breed at the first sight of one. A medium-sized cat breed with a bluish gray coat and majestic emerald green eyes, the Russian Blue is a sight to behold. I’ve had the opportunity to see a purebred once at a cat show, and boy, are they simply stunning.
It comes as no surprise that the Russian Blue cat breed hails from Mother Russia, but what other things do you know about these “blue” Rusky felines? Check out our fun list of facts about the Russian Blue cat breed.
They’re Not The Only “Blue” Cats In The World
Although the Russian Blue is the only cat breed that has the word “blue” in its name, the Chartreux cat breed of France is also synonymous for that blue hue that many of us cat lovers admire. While the Chartreux is considered to be a rare cat breed, the Russian Blue can be found in abundance. But there are actually two other breeds that are “blue” as well, the Korat of Thailand and the British Shorthair. The Russian Blue is physically in the same class as the Korat and Oriental Shorthair: long, slender, elegant. As you see from the image below, the Chartreux has a head and frame that is larger than that of the Russian Blue.
Fun Russian Blue kitten cat fact: Unlike most kittens born with blue eyes, the Russian Blue has yellow eyes at birth, and by four months there is a bright green ring around the pupil.
A Royal Favorite
Although the exact origin of the Russian Blue cat breed is unknown, it is believed that the Russian blue originates from northern Russia, specifically the Archangel Isles. Many believe the Russian Blue is a natural breed originating from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia, where the long winters developed a cat with a dense, plush coat. It is rumored by many that the Russian Blue was a favorite among royalty, the purrferred breed of choice for the powerful Russian czars of the past.
Legends of folklore claim that once a Russian Blue healed an ailing prince, while many were believed to have been used in royal settings to ward off evil spirits from harming the royal newborn babies. Because of their widespread popularity in the royal realm, these cats are thought to be of royal lineage pedigrees. Oh la la!
Quite possibly the cutest little fun fact about the Russian Blue: The Russian Blue is well-known for its “smile.” It has a slightly upturned mouth, which is frequently compared to the enigmatic Mona Lisa smile.
Their Lovely Blue Coat is More Special Than You Even Realize
Although the Russian Blue has a short coat, it is thick and dense, which helps them adapt to the frigid Russian climate. And although their coat is short and thick, they shed very little. Because of their thick, lush coat, the Russian Blue appears larger in size than they actually are. What’s even more interesting is that the Russian Blue cat breed tops the list of “hypoallergenic” cat breeds. While it’s true that no cat–or even dog for that matter–is truly “hypoallergenic”, it is true that Russian Blue cats have lower levels of Fel d 1, the protein in cat saliva and skin secretions responsible for your itching and wheezing.
Pawsome Russian Blue paw fact: Despite the fact that their noses are dark gray or black in color, their paw pads are pink.
A Cat On A Strict Schedule
The Russian Blue is a cat that sticks to their traditions and rituals. For example, you get your Russian Blue cat accustomed to having their breakfast at 7AM sharp each morning. You BETTER be purrpared to stick to this feeding time! The Russian Blue is meticulous in all things grooming, and rather particular about their purrferred feeding time–as well as favorite human. They are a highly intelligent cat breed that prides themselves on a strict schedule. And don’t think twice about letting their cat litter box get messy, they won’t have that. They’re vocal like their distant cousins, the Siamese, too. They’re sure to give you an earful of disapproving meows about it should it not meet their high standards.
A Brief History Of The Russian Blue Cat Breed…
The breed made the trip from Russia to Great Britain sometime in the mid-1800s, likely brought by sailors. Though the Russian Blue first appeared at the Crystal Palace in England in 1875, its development was limited to Scandinavia and Russia until after the Second World War. During this time, it was interbred with Siamese cats. After the war, the breed made its way over to the United States. Today, most of the Siamese has been bred out.
If you have a Russian Blue in your life, you should be able to attest to their superior hunting abilities. That is, should you allow your Russian Blue to travel outdoors. Their distinctive hunting instincts can also be seen elsewhere. Their intense play and thrill of “hunting” and chasing their favorite toys is present as well. The Russian Blue is also known for being easy to train, loving to learn new tricks!
As Sweet As They Are Soft
The Russian Blue might be a fierce hunter–whether it’s over a real mouse or a toy mouse. But they are undoubtedly sweet to the people that they most care about. This cat breed is often reported by their owners as being clingy. Many even follow their owners around the house! While they are needy in your presence, they do fine when left alone for longer periods of time. Reportedly though, they shy away from strangers and new faces they aren’t familiar with.
The Russian Blue cat breed is said to be a healthy cat breed. Naturally occurring, they have an impressive lifespan of 15-20 years–probably thanks to good old genetics and not human intervention! I can only hope that one day I can find one of these breeds who is looking for a forever home at a rescue or a shelter. Because although I find them lovely, I could never buy a cat and forgo a shelter/rescue pet missing out on their second chance at life.
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