If your looking for a really attractive cat with a ton of energy that’s not going to require too much of your attention, then you’re definitely going to want to put the Russian Blue cat on your “short list” of cat breeds to consider.
Despite the fact that we here at IndulgeYourPet happen to believe that the Russian Blue is definitely one of the “coolest” looking cats with his amazing grey, almost silvery blue double coat, we constantly have to remind ourselves that even though we think they are “awesome,” they’re not always going to be the “best” cat for everyone.
These guys have a “bit” of an independent streak, meaning that they aren’t going to be looking for attention from you 24/7. They may also prefer to go on their own “adventures” then simply lye on the couch all day.
Which is why…
We wanted to take a moment and discuss the Russian Blue here in this article so that you can get a better idea of what it might be like to own this amazing creatures for yourself and avoid getting one if you don’t feel like they will be a good “fit” for you.
Because the last thing…
That we would want to have happen would be for you to decide to purchase a Russian Blue kitten or better yet adopt a Russian Blue rescue cat only to be disappointed in your decision six months later!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Russian Blue Cat Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Russia
Size: Medium to Small
Weight: 6 to 8 pounds
Eyes: Oval Shaped
Coat: Short hair, double coat
Lifespan: 15 to 18 years.
Origin of the Russian Blue Cat Breed
As one might expect, the Russian Blue cat breed has its origin in Northern Russia. And while, it’s true that these cats were first discovered in Russia as a naturally occurring breed, little is known about where and how they came to be.
What does appear to be certain is that…
These cats have been around since the mid 1800’s which is when they first became “noticed” by British sailors visiting the Russian port city of Arkhangelsk.
It was there…
In Arkhangelsk, that the British sailors decided that it would be a great idea to “adopt” a few of them and bring them along with them on their travels throughout Europe.
As a result, the Russian Blue, or the “Archangel Blue,” or the “Archangel Cat,” as they were commonly referred to back then, quickly spread throughout Northern Europe where their thick double coated fur allowed them to do well and thrive in the cold environments that they encountered.
Like many other domesticated animals throughout Europe, the Russian Blue’s population was nearly decimated as a result of WWII.
So much so…
That the Russian Blue was almost entirely wiped out of existence.
Fortunately, despite the fact that the Russian Blue became a very rare breed, folks at the time recognized the need to save these magnificent animals and choose to mix them with the Siamese cat breed, so that they could increase the breeding stock of the remaining Russian Blue population and not risk causing and “inbreeding” health issues.
This is why…
Today’s “modern” Russian Blue has a “bit” of a Siamese look about them, which is one way to help differentiate them form other similar looking cat breeds including the:
While the Russian Blue remains a relatively rare breed, there were officially over 459 Russian Blue kittens registered with the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) back in 2014, so hopefully, this breed will continue to grow in popularity as more and more folks have a chance to see one of these “beauties” in person.
Physical Characteristics of the Russian Blue Breed
As we’ve already discussed, the main feature that sets the Russian Blue apart from other cat breeds is their soft sparkling “blue” coat that is typically highlighted with silver tips.
But apart from that…
These guys also have a set of very vivid green eyes that many folks will often describe as being “emerald green eyes” that make Russian Blue kittens just about impossible to put down!
But that’s not…
The only reason why one should consider purchasing a Russian Blue kitten or better yet adopting a Russian Blue rescue cat! You see, these guys are also a lot of fun to own. Particularly if you enjoy a cat that is full of energy.
Even a “cat novice” should be able to take one look at a Russian Blue and know that this is not a cat that is going to want to sit around all day. Their long and lean body, attentive ears and wide-set eyes just scream…. “This cat is ready to go!”
And that’s exactly what you get when you decide to adopt a Russian Blue Kitten!
Russian Blue temperament
As we all know, every cat is going to have his or her own unique personality regardless of what “kind” of breed it may happen to be. So, in theory, you may end up adopting a Russian Blue that is totally content with sitting around the house all day and not climbing on everything that it sees.
This is a possibility…
We just wouldn’t tell you to “count on it”. You see, as a general rule of thumb, Russian Blues are going to want to run and play a lot. And while they may demand your attention and affection at times, these are not cats that are going to be “seeking” your attention or approval 24/7.
Because these guys can tend to be a bit flighty, and not particularly “keen” on loud noises or strangers, it’s safe to say that if your looking for a cat that is going to get along with kids or lots of visitors to your home, this may not be the right cat breed for you.
Russian Blue Cat Breed Health Issues
By all reports, it appears that the Russian Blue cat breed is pretty healthy pedigree cat breed, without any obvious hereditary medical issues to speak of.
But even in cases…
When one is considering the adoption of a particular animal that has a healthy track record, we here at IndulgeYourPet still like to recommend all of our readers to take a moment and consider the idea of purchasing a pet insurance policy for their new family member.
Even in cases like the Russian Blue, it’s still quite possible that he or she could become sick or injured at some point during his or her life. And whether you know this or not, we can assure you that vet bills can be quite expensive, particularly if your pet has a serious medical emergency!
Now will a pet insurance policy be “right” for everyone?
No, probably not. But how will you know if one might be “right” for you before you know what these types of insurance policies will and won’t cover, and how much they cost?
We don’t think it’s possible!
Which is why we choose to write our Best Pet Insurance Companies so that your readers can quickly have all of their questions answered and know for sure if makes any sense to buy a pet insurance policy.
My 3 year old russian blue is the biggest cuddler I’ve ever met. Shes only that way with myself and my roommate though. If shes in the room with me shes usually lying on my chest and demanding attention.
That’s why it’s difficult to understand why everyone isn’t a CAT PERSON!
Thanks for sharing,
I have had my Russian Blue cat for 5 years now. The “only” thing he does not like is to be held. He loves attention, playing fetch, and being boss. I did not realize he was a Russian Blue until someone told me he was. He definitely has a personality of his own. He also sheds like a husky so, be prepared to groom a lot. He is my everything as I am his.
I am more of a dog person myself (I know… I suck), but when my little Russian Blue came into my life (literally – found her at my doorstep), I couldn’t have asked for a better cat. She is almost half cat/half dog to me – she plays fetch, likes to have belly rubs, and comes whenever I call her name. Her fur is so so soft and beautiful, and she is fairly friendly to new faces (as long as I’m there with her). Super cute cat & love her lots!
My Russian Blue ‘Spook!’ Came to me as a rescue at 5 years of age, no bad habits other than the usual ‘settling in’. He’s the ultimate companion, talks to me and comes when I call him. Loves to lay beside me and is very tactile. Loves to be brushed; almost a twice daily ritual for him and I’m rewarded with a dog like greeting whenever I arrive home. He’s not big on being picked up but as he’s a rescue, I’m sure he was mistreated and strongly suspect he has been thrown or kicked at some stage. He’s 10 now and so much a part of my life. I think we actually rescued each other. ‘Archangel’ is so so right!