Cat breeds: Siberian

Cat breeds: Siberian

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FIFe classification and history

Dorigo country: Russia.

From the Ural Mountains they then moved to Siberia. The ancient Siberian cat lived in the forests and it is for this reason that many know this breed as the Siberian Forest Cat. It was a wild cat with a strong predisposition for hunting. The modern Siberian cat born in the family, however, is very affectionate with everyone, especially with the children with whom he enjoys playing. It is still a rare breed in many countries, the first breeders are spreading in Italy, Germany and America but there are still few. The first cat imported into Italy was Quendalina Romanova.

General aspect

Huge cat and for this reason it has a strong resemblance to the lion especially in the winter months, that is when the undercoat thickens and a spectacular ruff is formed. It has a powerful and robust appearance but at the same time very agile. Due to the lack of production of the fel d1 protein believed to be responsible for allergy to the cat, it is considered an ANALLERGIC breed. The thick and rounded tail hovers in the air with majesty.


In the family he is sociable and affectionate both with the owners and with the guests but never too intrusive. Familiarize yourself with other cats or animals very quickly. He welcomes the master on his return home with a pleasant meow. He is always very curious and attentive to what surrounds him and if something disturbs him to the maximum he discreetly leaves.

Siberian forest (photo


The presence of a non-greasy oil on the cat's fur makes sure that no knots form, it does not become felted and therefore does not require continuous care or brushing.

Siberian forest cat at eight months (photo

Siberian forest cat Seal Tortie Tabby (photo

Variety of color

All shades of the solid colors seal (black) and red (red) and the respective diluted blue (gray) and cream (cream) are accepted. The standard does not include lilac (lilac) and chocolate (brown) colors. A very particular and typical coloring only of the females is the tortie (contemporary presence of seal and red from which SEAL TORTIE or blue and cream from which BLUE TORTIE). The simultaneous presence of two colors on the coat is due to a purely genetic factor since only the cats acquire two X chromosomes from both parents while the male receives an X and a Y.


Category: Semi-long hair.
Head slightly longer than wide, slightly rounded;
Well developed cheekbones;
Wide nose of medium length which shows a slight indentation in the profile;
Medium-sized ears, spaced and wide at the base, rounded at the tip and tufts of fur that come out from the inside like those of the lynx;
Large oblique eyes, distant and slightly oval, can be of any color, even if preferably green;
Muscular body (including the neck) with a rectangular shape;
Wide chest;
Medium height legs, large and robust;
Round feet with tufts of fur sticking out between the toes;
The tail is thick, rounded, thick at the base and decreasing towards the tip;
Semi-long hair, well developed, very dense;
Undercoat that in winter thickens;
Water repellent top coat.
- ears too large or too small
- round eyes and not slightly slanted
- uneven colored eyes
- lack of tufts coming out of the ears or between the fingers
- hair too flattened
- too silky coat
- legs too thin
- tail too short or too long
- cat too thin

Texts and some photos courtesy of Matis Roberta -
The Siberian cat of the forests

Video: Walking with a Siberian cat (May 2022).