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Siberian Breed Description

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Siberian Breed Description

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The Siberian is a natural breed first imported from Leningrad Russia on June 28, 1990. They were recorded as participants in the first cat show in England in the 1700’s, and have been judged to Grand International Championship overseas prior to their export. Old Soviet law discouraged pet ownership due to the housing and food shortages and war depleted representatives of various purebreds.

It was only in 1987 that clubs (recognized as individual registries there) began to keep official records in an attempt to retrieve what had been proscribed or lost. Russian registries provide pedigrees which have the proper seal and signatures to be genuine. Owners are recorded.


Siberians have been around for at least one thousand years as far as recorded history. They were first mentioned in Harrison Wier’s book Our Cats and all About Them, which included information about one of the earliest cat shows held in England in 1871.

However, finding written information in Russia is fairly difficult. Despite the fact that the Siberian is a natural breed and is the national cat of Russia, its very ubiquity makes it taken for granted rather than worthy of note in Russian literature. Add to this the vast expanse of Russia which encompasses 13 time zones as well as a multitude of ethnic and cultural diversity and you have a cat that seems as difficult to standardize as the country which gave rise to it.

The Siberian was first imported in 1990. Despite it’s popularity the Siberian is extremely rare in the United States. Most breeders have waiting lists for their kittens.

The Siberian, considered a semi longhair, has a rich full coat in the winter while the summer allows for a somewhat shorter less dense coat. The Siberian can come in just about every color of the rainbow but because of the rarity of the breed those colors may not be available in your neighborhood. The Siberian was accepted into the Miscellaneous class by CFA on February 6, 2000.

The Siberian tends to be both a great problem solver and also, rather like dogs, are loyal to their adopted families which is why they are so well suited to the households in which one spouse, usually a husband or significant other, professes to be a “dog person” not a “cat person.” Often it is that same “dog person” who is greeted at the door by their Siberian and after being dutifully followed around the house by their Siberian, then decides that one Siberian is simply not enough!

Siberians are extremely agile and can leap great distances and heights to “fly through the air with the greatest of ease!” However, their agility also means they usually navigate potentially breakable brick-a-brac without leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

Prudence dictates that one would still want to think twice about placing a Ming Dynasty vase on the mantle. A delightful combination of the flying Walenda’s and the sleuth “the Pink Panther,” the Siberian is a zany mixture of both. Expect the unexpected when sharing your home with a Siberian.