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Some information about Siberian Cats

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The Siberian cat is a long haired breed of cat. The Siberian cat breed is recognized by most cat organizations, which accept Siberians of any color (including color points) for competition. This includes recognition in the major cat registries such as TICA and Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), as well as acceptance in the CFA Championship class beginning on February 6th, 2006.

Body

Known to be an exceptionally high jumper, the Siberian cat is a strong and powerfully built cat, with well proportioned characteristics that include strong hindquarters and large stomachs. Siberian cats typically weigh between 15-20 pounds (6.8-9.1 kg) for the males, or 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) for females. Siberian cats are shorter and stockier than Maine Coon cats and Norwegian Forest Cats even though they can attain approximately the same weight. Also, Siberian cats typically attain their full growth more slowly, over their first 5 years.

Personality

Siberian cats are generally intelligent, playful, affectionate and loyal, leading many to describe their character as dog-like. Siberian cats are lap cats. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and his wife own a type of Siberian cat, a Neva Masquerade male cat named Dorofey. Dorofey used to fight with a cat belonging to Mikhail Gorbachev—who was Medvedev's neighbor—so the Medvedevs had to have Dorofey neutered.

Fur

Siberian cats are hypoallergenic. Siberian cat's fur is textured, medium-long and usually tabby patterned. Their fur is plush, can have a wide range of coloration (including points), and does not have a tendency to mat.

In 1999 Indoor Biotechnologies tested the fur for four cats for Fel d 1; a mixed breed, two Siberian cats, and an Abyssinian. The results showed the Siberian cat and Abyssinian cat fur as having lower Fel d 1 levels than the mixed breed cat.

Ancestry

While Siberian cats are a fairly recent introduction to the US(1990) and thus relatively rare, though popular, the breed can be seen in Russian paintings and writings hundreds of years old. This sets them apart from breeds that are the result of fairly recent selective breeding.

This sets them apart from breeds that are the result of fairly recent selective breeding.

There is an increasing interest in Siberian cats worldwide, and they are currently accepted in all registries.

Temperament

Siberian Cats are generally intelligent, playful, affectionate, and loyal, leading many to describe their character as dog-like. Siberian cats enjoy the outdoors to a great degree. They are independent, and may respond to their name when called.

Breed Standard

The Siberian cat is a medium/large, strong cat which takes 5 years to mature. The females weigh less than the males. They are extremely agile and athletic. Their muscles are mighty, outstanding and powerful. The back is medium and slightly lower in front than in the hind, but appears horizontal when in motion. A barrel shaped, muscular torso, develops with age. The hind legs, when straightened, are slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are round, big and quite powerful. The overall appearance should be one of great strength and power; the facial expression is quite sweet. The general impression is one of roundness and circles.

Coat

Siberian cat is a moderately long to longhaired, with hair on the shoulder blades and lower part of the chest being thick and slightly shorter. Siberian cats have a triple coat. There should be an abundant ruff setting off the large, impressive head. There is a tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather. Allow for warm weather coats. The hair may thicken to curls on the belly and britches, but a wavy coat is not characteristic. The skin may have a bluish cast. Clear strong colors and patterns are desirable, but are secondary to type.

Eyes

The large, almost round eyes are at least one eye width apart with the outer corner slightly angled toward the lower base of the ear. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color/pattern, however, as with all pointed cats the eye color is blue with pointed colors

Tail

The tail is medium length, wide at the base, blunt at the tip without thickening or kinks, evenly and thickly furnished.

Head

The head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours, broader at the skull and narrowing slightly to a full rounded muzzle with well-rounded chin. There may be a slight muzzle curvature, but the transition between the side of the head and the muzzle is gentle and inconspicuous. The cheek bones are neither high set nor prominent. There should be a good distance between the ears and eyes. The top of the head is flat, with a gentle nose curvature of a gentle slope from the forehead to the nose and a slight concave curvature before the tip. The neck is medium, rounded, substantial, and very well-muscled, siberian cats have the appearance of no neck.

Reproduction

On average, a Siberian cat's litter consists of 4 kittens. Some litters, however, have consisted of as few as one and as many as nine kittens.
There exists controversy concerning color point Siberian cats. Some consider them to be a separate breed called Neva Masquerade, but so far no major cat registry has accepted them as a separate breed. They are considered to be a color division of the Siberian cat breed.