A Fun Collection Of Facts About The Russian Blue Cat Breed

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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.

A Chartreux cat

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!

Zazzle Postcard

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.

Impressive Hunter

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.

Russian Blue Images – Cat Fanciers’ Association

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.

Do you have a Russian Blue in your life? Share your photos with us in the comments!


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  1. Love my blue..and she was a shelter/foster pet. Mant blues are available..if you can’t find one try petfinder.com


  3. Incredible on how this article is right on it. we unfirtunately made the mistake of feeding our blue at 6h30 AM… well guess what. we now are getting up at 6h30 everyday..and forget about not doing it. he will make you wake up and his litter better be cleaned daily….. else you’ll will hear from it.. but aside from this it is the most playfull and fun cat I have ever had. Always following us around, greeting us at the door and all.. we even taught him a few tricks that usually dogs are doing ! (it takes a lot of patience thought..lol).

  4. I have had 3 Archangel Blues in my life. All three have turned up to live with each household out of the ‘Blue’.
    Lady came to my cousin and stayed for a number of years.
    One day a boy appeared at a house where my friend worked as a carer. Mr Pushkins was very friendly and an adventurer. He also lived with me for the last three years of his life.
    Spook turned up on my doorstep one night and stayed the night. He left in the morning but I saw him a week later and he decided to stay. He would follow me everywhere even sitting on the edge of the bathtub while I showered.
    They hate loud noises and love running water. Both boys would wander around in the rain.

  5. Little Blue is our Russian Blue. We were gifted with her from a friend who couldn’t keep her. I agree with everything above except the non-shedding. Blue sheds like a fiend! She is a sweetie though and we adore her!

    • Wish it would let me leave a pic, cause I Love to show off my baby! He’ll be 14 in 5 days, and although I know he’s not a full Blue, you can’t tell that by looking at him. His mom was a calico. All that was said in the article pertains to Jack, except the sweet part. He’s got a bit ( ok more than a bit ) of a bad attitude. Not a people person at all. He likes me, and puts up with a few other people in my life, but that’s it! I’ve Loved him from the get, and will continue to long after he’s gone, which I pray won’t be for a very long time!

  6. We found our Blue at the airport when he was about 8 weeks old. Don’t know his story. He was just found wandering around. We couldn’t just leave him. He was so tiny and now just about runs our home. Very vocal.He’s very skittish around anybody but us. Not taking too well to our new cat, either.

  7. My cat, Spooky, is a Russian Blue mix and almost all of the above describes him perfectly! The only differences for my sweet boy is that his paw pads are black, he sheds a lot, and he has yellow eyes with a ring of green around the pupil. I enjoyed learning about his heritage in this article, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  8. My Pablo has been our joy for nearly two years now and he’s exactly as described. We were lucky enough to get him from a rescue shelter at 8 weeks and we’ve loved him ever since. 😻

  9. Our Blue, Gary, bc he sounded like the snail on SpongeBob, would follow my hubby around. When he couldn’t find him he would run around the house saying, what sounded like “mom”. He slept on top of my husbands head even! We would take him out with a harness and let him climb the small tree in the yard or jump like 6′ high to catch a moth! He was always climbing. We would find him hanging on the sil to the front door window, 5′ in the air, just looking outside lol he was an amazing and beautiful boy!

  10. After several years of not having a feline friend in my life, I felt it was time once again to have a little room mate. After much research I decided I wanted a Russian Blue. So the search was on and after just a few short weeks I found an ad posted by a local government run animal shelter. That very day I went down to the shelter, not knowing what to expect. It only took a second of meeting her to know We were meant for each other. When doing the paperwork for the adoption, I found out that I came to her rescue just in the nick of time because she was scheduled to be euthanized later that week. I’ve had her for nearly a year now and can’t imagine my life without Gracie!

  11. I have had Russians since 1979. There is nothing like the love, intelligence & sweetness of a purebred Russian. We just celebrated our Nikolai’s 16th birthday with an inscribed Blue Velvet cake, and he enthusiastically demolished his pieces, and knew it was for him.

  12. I had a Russian blue cat as a child. Misty lived to be 18 years old. Actually we didn’t know what breed of cat she was at the time. She was one of many kittens in the country at my uncle and aunts house. We took her home and she was a fantastic pet. She would follow me around the house. She definitely knew it was time to eat. She would watch TV with me and sleep with me at night. She also was an excellent hunter. I cri so when she died. I still miss her.

  13. Our Russian Blue is a rescue shelter kitty. We adopted him with the name Keith and I renamed him Satan, because of his high energy, intelligence, stalking and catching prey, and he likes to attack for no reason especially his big sister which is a little Shih-poo. Their about the same height but the dog weighs more. He’s an awesome kitty, the only thing that doesn’t match up is he’s not a loving cat, but we all have personality flaws.

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