Affection Level: High
Exercise Needs: Medium
Energy Level: Medium
Tendency to Vocalize: Low
Amount of Shedding: Low
Amusement: Very High!
Thought to have originated from the Archangel Islands of northern Russia, it's believed this breed descended from the pets of Russian Czars. Sometimes called Archangel cats, the first recorded appearance of the breed outside of Russia was in 1875 at the Crystal Palace in England. Sailors brought the cats from the Russian islands to Great Britain & Northern Europe throughout the late 1800's. The breed was further developed after their numbers were drastically reduced on the Eastern Front during World War II. With the dwindling Russian Blue population, breeders began crossing them with the Siamese breed. These offspring produced what is now considered the "European" Russian Blue.
Russian Blues are a very unique breed with many desirable traits. They have short yet very soft bluish-silver tipped fur. Russian Blue kittens have beautiful bright sapphire blue eyes at birth. As they age their eyes go through a majestic transformation, turning from a grayish blue to a bright emerald green, becoming more vivid with age (reaching full potential around 18 months of age). Their permanent smile reminds me of a child that's up to no good. By nature, the breed is calm, loving, easy going & quiet. With their affection, loyalty & demeanor, I can confidently say, they are more like dogs in cat suits compared to many other breeds. My kings & queens also enjoy a nice game of fetch.
They are an extremely intelligent breed & bring a lot of entertainment to the household with their crazy antics & mischievous curiosity. Russian Blues are also known to take an extra liking to one particular "special friend" for life. I will give recommendations on how make that special friend you, or that of your child.
Russian Blues are one of the few "low-allergen" cat breeds, however; they are NOT allergy-free (see Allergies page). They have very minimal shedding, rarely destructive, very good with children & existing friendly dogs or cats.