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
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 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