This warm-hearted breed from a chilly climate is definitely a show stopper - with his considerable size and generous coat, the Siberian is hard to miss. With an affectionate, attentive, and people-loving personality, this breed is also hard to ignore. Easy-going and even-tempered, the Siberian takes life as it comes, and isn’t overly fussed by bustle and noise. They’re social and not easily put off by strangers. Their fondness for a warm lap and their implacable calm have made them good choices for therapy cats, and few comforts could be greater on a sick day that cuddling with a Siberian.
There are some claims that the Siberian is hypoallergenic to one extent or another. Though limited research has been done, the largest study found that while all Siberians do still produce the protein responsible for most allergic reactions, about 50% of Siberians seem to produce the protein to a lesser degree. Interestingly, silver coated Siberians seem to produce the highest level of the allergen. Regardless, allergy sufferers are encouraged to spend time with the parent cats and kittens before choosing to adopt a Siberian based on these findings.
The Siberian originally hails from Russia, where they have appeared in artwork and folklore for 1000 years. They’re a naturally developed breed, a working cat from the subarctic forests of Siberia, prized for their hunting prowess and ability to keep mice and rats from the food stores. Siberians have been owned by Soviet presidents and Russian Prime Ministers, but only found their way to the United States in 1990. Though gaining in popularity, the Siberian is still hard to find outside of Europe.
Appearance / health:
The Siberian is a medium to large cat, powerfully built with a heavy frame. The torso is well muscled and barrel-shaped with slightly longer hind legs that give the back a slight arch. The feet are considerable, big and rounded with tufts of fur between the toes and pads. The tail is somewhat shorter than the length of the body and is full and fluffy. Atop a well-muscled neck sits a somewhat wedge-shaped head, broad at the top and narrowing slightly to a well-rounded, but somewhat short muzzle. The contours of the head are rounded with a rounded chin. The ears are medium-large and broadly set with rounded tips. The hair on the back of the ear is short and thin, but the hair from the middle of the ear is longer, covering the base of the ear. The ears may be lynx-tipped. The eyes are almost round, large, and slightly angled. The eyes may be of any color.
The Siberian’s thick coat is moderately long with 3 layers. The tight undercoat is thickest during cold weather and moults once or twice a year. The Siberian has both intermediate awn hairs, and longer, outer guard hairs. The hair on across the shoulders and on the lower chest is shorter and thicker, while a thick ruff should frame the head. They hair may be somewhat curly on britches and belly. The texture of the Siberian’s coat can vary from course to soft, depending on season, and sometimes even dependent on color. The Siberian comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including tabby, solid, tortoiseshell, and colorpoint. Some registries differentiate the colorpoint Siberian as a different breed, the Neva Masquerade.
Behavior / temperament:
The Siberian is a people-loving, affectionate, and playful cat. They want to be where the action is, whether that’s on your lap watching tv, on your newspaper during breakfast, or maybe even dipping his paws into your bath: the Siberian has a fondness for playing in water. The Siberian is confident and social, and will likely greet your guests at the door. A busy household doesn’t bother the Siberian, and this breed does particularly well with children. They tend to get along well with other cats, and cat friendly dogs, although the Siberian does like to be in charge.
Active, athletic, and playful the Siberian has a reputation as a bit of an adventurer. They like to climb, and they’re particularly adept at powerful jumps. Clever enough to manipulate doors and cupboards, you’ll need to keep the treats well hidden. They often do well with puzzle toys, especially those that reward with favorite bits of food. The Siberian loves nothing more than games that involve his people to, and he’s not above games of fetch or chasing a mouse on a string. Though not clingy, a bored Siberian drop a few hints by dropping his toys in the water dish. Despite their size and activity level, the Siberian actually does relatively well in small spaces, and fairs well as an apartment cat.
gentle cat, beautiful long-haired breed, hypoallergenic qualities, affectionate, intelligent
bit territorial, daily grooming, additional bonding time, dominant cats, newby breeders
hunters, harness adventures, clicker training, slow maturing cat, wonderful purrers, soft chirp
Dylan the Killer
Siberians are very attractive cats, and when they let you pet them their fur is very comforting to stroke. Dylan, however, is extremely aloof. He loves my brother to bits, and is willing to see me as an acceptable substitute when my brother is away, but couldn't care less about other people. He gets on well with dogs unless they initiate aggression in which case he will run and not go near them again, and is ultimately extremely self-sufficient.
The most notable feature about my time with Dylan though was the alarming number of small wild animals he has killed. I realise that cats are efficient predators, but Dylan's kill rate is well above base average. He has single handedly eliminated the mole population in my parent's village and has recently started hunting larger prey such as rabbits. Four or five times a week he will bring my brother the corpse of his latest kill and occasionally brings home animals that are still alive so that he can chase them around the house.
If you don't mind constantly having to remove the bloodied corpses of wild animals from your home, Siberians are a great choice..
From redrooster555 Feb 5 2015 2:49AM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 54 days ago
Siberian Cat Allergy Test
Went to visit a breeder to see about getting a Siberian cat in future. My spouse is allergic to most breeds, so we figured we'd test out the Siberians, known for being less allergenic than some others. We went to visit a lovely breeder who was truly generous and let us spend 2 hours with her cats! While we enjoyed meeting them, the allergy reaction was worse than anticipated; though it wasn't the full-on respiratory symptoms, my spouse did experience an almost immediate rash/hives-like reaction to playing with the cats.
Unfortunately, we'll be looking at other breeds in future, but we did enjoy getting to meet with the cats. Temperament-wise, they were extremely docile and friendly, easy to play with, and approachable. They seem like they'd be a great breed for people who have kids or other pets!.
From ScriptChick May 29 2014 11:39AM