8 Russian Cat Breeds

By Sharon Dawson March 18, 2024, 11:45AM

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1. Siberian

The Siberian cat is one of Russia's native breeds and is known for its thick, water-repellent triple coat and large, rounded eyes. These cats are well-adapted to cold climates and have a friendly and sociable nature.

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2. Russian Blue

Originally called the Archangel cat, the Russian Blue is believed to have originated in the port of Arkhangelsk in Russia. Known for its elegant silver-blue coat, green eyes, and gentle demeanor, the Russian Blue is a beloved breed worldwide.

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3. Neva Masquerade

A colorpoint variation of the Siberian cat, the Neva Masquerade is known for its striking blue eyes and colorpoint markings on its face, ears, paws, and tail. These cats are friendly, affectionate, and known for their dog-like loyalty to their owners.

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4. Peterbald

Developed in Russia in the 1990s, the Peterbald is a unique breed known for its hair-losing trait, which can range from completely bald to a short coat with varying degrees of hairlessness. Peterbalds are intelligent, playful, and affectionate cats.

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5. Donskoy (Don Sphynx)

Also known as the Don Sphynx, the Donskoy is a hairless breed that originated in Russia. Unlike the Sphynx, which originated in Canada, the Donskoy has a different genetic mutation that causes its hairlessness. These cats are known for their affectionate and outgoing personalities.

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6. Ural Rex

The Ural Rex is a relatively rare breed that originated in Russia. Known for its distinctive curly coat, which is caused by a natural genetic mutation, the Ural Rex is a friendly and playful breed that enjoys human companionship.

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7. Siberian Forest Cat

While the Siberian cat is often referred to as the Siberian Forest Cat due to its origins in the Russian forests, there is no separate breed known as the Siberian Forest Cat. However, the Siberian cat's thick, dense coat and robust build are well-suited to its natural habitat.

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8. Russian White, Black, and Tabby

These are not separate breeds but rather coat color variations of the Russian Blue. Russian Whites, Blacks, and Tabbies share the same elegant build and friendly temperament as their Russian Blue counterparts.

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