The Russian Blue has a luxurious silver-blue coat, vibrant green eyes, and long legs and body. This robust medium-sized breed is long, slender, muscular and elegant. One cat judge called the Russian Blue the “Doberman Pinscher of cats” because of his elegant yet muscular body.
The Russian Blue looks much bigger than it really is because of its double coat which is dense, silky and plush. If you were to run your fingers through the coat of a Russian Blue, the patterns made by your fingers would remain there until they were petted smooth. The Russian Blue stands out for his coat color. While his coat may appear gray, cat show terminology would call him a bright blue with silver-tipped hairs.
The striking eye color of the Russian Blue adds to it captivating physical qualities. When the Russian Blue is a kitten, it is born with yellow eyes. At about four months of age a bright green ring appears around the pupil, and as the cat matures the eye color grows to a bright, vivid green. The contrast between the bright green eyes and the shimmering silver blue color of the coat is beautiful to behold.
The Russian Blue has a slightly upturned mouth which looks a little bit like a smile. It is sometimes compared to the Mona Lisa smile.
Little is known about the actual origins of the Russian Blue. He probably did come from Russia and his thick coat is that of a cat from colder climates. It is believed that British sailors brought these cats home from the White Sea port town of Archangel in Northern Russia.
The breed’s development took place primarily in Britain and Scandinavia beginning in the late nineteenth century. The Russian Blue made its first appearance on the world stage in 1875 at an exhibit of cats held at London’s Crystal Palace. The Russian Blue was labeled an Archangel Cat because it was believed to be from the Russian island of Archangel. A British cat fancier named Mrs. Carew-Cox began importing the breed in 1890. She bred and showed the cats through the turn of the century. But World War II nearly put an end to the Russian Blue breed; most of the Russian Blues were killed.
Russian Blues were first imported to the United States in the 1900s. After World War II, American breeders began to develop their own lines after the war. Since the 1960s, the Russian Blue began gaining popularity and has become a favorite at cat shows and in homes.
Russian Blue Personality, Temperament, and Traits
The Russian Blue personality is gentle, sweet and affectionate. This is a reserved cat, but once he gets comfortable with you he can be a playful, loving companion. Described as elegant and reserved, the Russian Blue personality is affectionate but not clingy toward family members. He will probably want to sleep with you and to be with you as you go about your daily chores. He also loves to be combed while you are sitting watching TV.
The Russian Blue makes an excellent, loyal companion – constantly following its owners around the house and generally preferring one human over all others in the family. The Russian Blue personality gets along with everyone, including children. The Russian Blue personality does best with older children who won’t scare him. However, if he is raised with your children or with cat-friendly dogs he can get along well with them.
When guests come to your house your Russian Blue will likely retreat, although he may choose to interact with them later if he determines them to be acceptable company. They never rush into a situation without carefully observing first. This Russian Blue personality trait has earned this breed the reputation of being shy or aloof.
This is a sensitive cat who doesn’t like to be ignored. In fact, he will be hurt if he doesn’t receive the same amount of affection that he gives. When he doesn’t get attention, the Russian Blue may become anxious or fearful.
The Russian Blue can be easily startled. They can become nervous or shy around strangers and in strange environments.
The Russian Blue has a quiet voice and is not especially vocal, however they will respond if you talk to them and they can learn the meaning of many words.
The Russian Blue personality is playful. This cat loves to play, especially fetch. He loves jumping and climbing up to the highest places where he can study the people in his home and his environment before deciding whether or not he wants to get involved.
The Russian Blue is a well-behaved cat that is easy to train. This is an intelligent cat that likes to be challenged by learning tricks and playing with puzzle toys that reward him with treats.
This breed does not like change. He expects things to be a certain way and he is thrown off when things change. The Russian Blue expects his meals to be delivered on time. In the morning, he will be a faithful alarm clock. The Russian Blue does best in a quiet, stable environment.
A Russian Blue is very particular about hygiene and will not enter its litter box if it is dirty.
Being an avid observer, the Russian Blue can learn how to open a closet door or break into the treat container or cat food bag.
The Russian Blue personality loves to chase after toys and sunbeams. This breed can spend hours entertaining itself. Your Russian Blue won’t mind being left at home for the day, but he will be very happy to see you when you arrive back home.
To learn more about cat personality, go to What You Need to Know About Cat Personality.