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The Russian Blue is a cat with a silvery-blue coat. The
breed was once called the Foreign Blue cat. These cats are known
for their playfulness and intelligence. They can be shy
around strangers but they also develop close relationships
with their humans. They are popular because of their unique
personalities and looks.

The breed originated in the Port of Arkhangelsk, Russia, so
they are also sometimes called Archangel Blues. Breed
historian believe that in the 1860's sailors took the
Russian Blue from the Archangel Isles to England and
Northern Europe. In 1875 at the Crystal Palace in England
the first Russian Blue was shown as the Archangel Cat. Until
1912, the Russian Blue was in a class that included other
blue (gray) cats. Then after 1912 it was given a class of
its own.

Before World War II the Russian Blue was mainly bred in
Russia and Scandinavia. During and after World War II,
because there was a shortage of Russian Blues some breeders
crossed their cats with the Siamese. It was American
breeders who developed the modern Russian Blue after World
War II. This was done by taking both English and
Scandinavian Russian Blues and combining them. The Siamese
genes have largely been bred out of the Russian Blue since

The Russian Blue has been used as a foundation breed for
some other breeds such the Havana Brown, and adding to other
breeds. They have a body that is lean and elongated with a
plushy bluish-gray coat. The coat color is created by a
black gene with a dilute expression. The coat is a double
coat with a downy, soft undercoat the same length as the
guard hairs and an outer coat which is blue (gray) with
silver tips.

A Russian Blue's eyes are almost always green. Yellow eyes
or white patches are seen as faults and can't be shown. The
Russian Blue and the British Blue are two different breeds,
the British Blue being a British Shorthair with a blue coat.
The Russian Blue is a distinct breed of its own and
shouldn't be confused with any other breed with the blue

The Russian Blue is known for its tranquil nature and
intelligence. They are sensitive to humans and their
emotions and develop loyal bonds with loved ones. They enjoy
playing with toys and can be taught basic tricks like fetch.
They get along well with children and other household pets.
They are quiet, clean and reserved around strangers.

The Russian Blue has a life expectancy of around ten to
fifteen years on average. They are not prone to illness nor
are they known to have any genetic defects or disease. They
are average weight and typically the male is larger than the
female. These cats are also considered to be more
hypoallergenic than many other breeds.

Picture Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blues, also called a Foreign Blue Cat need a
certain amount of Care

By: Dr. Jane Bicks

A svelte, aloof shorthair, the Russian Blue cat sports
a lush thick, double coat that often conceals
excess pounds if feeding isn't carefully supervised.

The Russian Blue tends to lounge more than leap,
making it an easy target for obesity.

Since its coat is its major feature, brushing is a
must. You don't want to dull this cat's exquisite fur.
Brush it backwards, then forwards daily. This will
stimulate oil glands, remove dead hair, and keep
the coat shiny without flattening it.

Give hair ball treatment between meals once or twice
a week. A hair supplement with fatty acids, B vitamins
and zinc is advisable.

If you're not providing an alternative premium cat food diet
regularly, give a balanced supplement daily, but an alternative
premium cat food is what it really should have.

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Though this breed is usually gentle, I've seen
quite a few unruly Russian Blues. If yours is one,
I'd suggest supplementing its meals with a balanced
25 - 50 mg B vitamin supplement and mixing 1 - 2
tablespoons of chamomile tea in moist food daily.
Start with 1 teaspoon and gradually increase the

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