The Siberian is a landrace variety of domestic cat present in Russia for centuries and more recently developed as a formal breed with standards promulgated since the late 1980s. A longer name of the formal breed is Siberian Forest Cat but it is usually referred to as the Siberian cat. Another name for the formal breed is the Moscow Semi-Longhair. The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia. While it began as a landrace it is selectively bred and pedigreed today in at least seven major cat fancier and breeder organisations.
11 - 15 years or more
Medium to large size cat weighing 5.5 to 9 kilo
Siberians are very agile and powerful, they can easily leap and reach high places, including the top of refrigerators and even doors. They are gentle giants who enjoys the company of people and pets of various species. Mellow and quiet, the Siberian is very loving and devoted. When resting in your lap, they love to chirp and purr their pure contentment. They are very quiet and tend to chirp and emit soft mews.
Siberians express the three natural types of feline fur: guard hairs, awn hairs and down. These three layers protect the cat from the Russian weather extremes and provide a hardy, easy to care for coat today. The fur is textured but glossy, which decreases the occurrence of matting.
As with most other cat breeds, colour varieties of the Siberian vary and all colours, such as tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and colourpoint are genetically possible. The Siberian cat breed does not have any unusual, distinct, or unique fur colourations or patterns.