A cat that originated in Northern Russia, the Siberian wears a magnificent fur coat that not only protects him, but also gives him a glamorous appearance. This national cat of Russia only made his way to North America in the past 20 years.
At first glance the Siberian Cat resembles the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat, but it is differentiated by having a more rounded body, a round head, large yellow-green eyes, tufted ears, and a neck ruff (see the picture below). The Siberian’s coat comes in many colors and patterns (brown tabbies seem to be most popular).
This particular breed matures very slowly, reaching full physical development at 5 years of age. Some neutered males weigh up to 25 pounds. In spite of their large build, the Siberian cats have well-muscled body that is not only powerful, but also agile.
The Siberians love climbing to great heights, leaping wide distances, completing high jumps, as well as chasing objects & racing with their owners. They love playing any type of game and engaging in activities that they find interesting and stimulating. Siberians are quick learners and appreciate getting challenged. Hence, they should be kept interested in life and in their surroundings, and provided with activities that allow them to show off their talents and intelligence.
Siberians love learning. They are also excellent observers. They may learn to open doors, retrieve toys and bring them back to their owners. They enjoy following owners around; keeping them company no matter what they do, and without exceptions, greeting them at the door at the end of the work-day.
Siberian Cats love their family, yet are not excessively demanding of attention. They get along well with just about anyone, including kids, dogs, other cats, and gerbils.
Siberian cats are extremely loving, affectionate and loyal. They are known for being the only cat in the world that would easily satisfy the needs of ‘a dog-person’.
Siberians are active and fun. They have an engaging personality, agility and vigor, yet, they are known for their tenderness, affection, a triple purr and a chirping sound.
“Time Spent with Cats is Never Wasted”- Sigmund Freud