About the Russian blue
The Russian Blue is a sensitive, attractive breed of cats that is especially prized for their human behavior. She is usually not intrusive, but enjoys the proximity of her caregiver. She usually gets along well with other animals and children. In the apartment, the Russian blue should be able to enjoy the company of a conspecific – otherwise, the kitty, especially among working people, may suffer from loneliness and boredom. Play and employment opportunities should be sufficient for pure housing but also for two cats.
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The Russian Blue is a shorthair breed with gray-blue fur and emerald eyes. The longhair version of the breed is the Nebelung. The Russian Blue is often referred to as the “Norwegian Forest Cat” or the Maine Coon, as a “natural” breed. It should originally have developed itself and not deliberately bred.
In 1875, the Russian Blue was first mentioned in writing at the cat show at the Crystal Palace in London. At the beginning of the 20th century, the breed was very popular in Russia and England. Like many other breeds of cats – including the Carthusians – the Russian Blue was almost wiped out during the Second World War. The race was saved by the crossing of various other breeds, such as the Siamese or the British Shorthair. Allegedly the fur of the Russian Blue became shorter and denser.
The Russian Blue is available in three different (breed) types. The English breeding form is usually a little stronger than their relatives and has closer together ears. The Siberian-Scandinavian breed form is darker and smaller by the color of the coat, and it should also tend to a certain shyness.
In contrast, the American Russian Blue is considered the most sociable representative of the breed, but so far it is relatively rare in Europe. In Europe, all three variants of the Russian Blue are crossed, so the Central European Russian Blue is a mix as all breeds.
The Russian Blue is considered a calm, balanced cat. As a kitten she is, like most races, playful and active. As a rule, she gets a bit calmer when she is older and can not be motivated to play that fast anymore. To her people, the Russian velvet paw often enters a very close bond. Since she often shows shyness to strangers, most owners appreciate their softness.
Attitude and care
The Russian Blue is one of the more easy-care breeds. Some describe it as sensitive. Therefore, owners should decide individually whether their velvet paw could unsettle unexpected situations in the open air and a secured garden or balcony would therefore be the better alternative. In the apartment, she usually needs the company a conspecific, so as not to be lonely in the absence of their people. Can with other pets, but it does not have to be compatible. For children, as with all cat breeds, they should know and respect the needs of the kitty. Ideally, there is a tall scratching post in the flat to which to retire – then she should be able to cope well in a family.
The Russian blue is occasionally confused with the carthusian cat, which however has amber eyes and a sturdier stature. There are also confusions with the blue color variant of the British Shorthair, but this breed is more round and not as slim as the graceful Russian Blue.