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Russian Blue
Recognized Breed

Russian Blue Energy Level 6
Playfulness 6
Dislikes Alone Time 5
Affection Level 6>
Vocality 2
Teachability 7
Intelligence 8
Autonomy 8
General Health 7
Grooming Needs 3
Ok with Kids 5
Ok with Other Pets 5
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OVERVIEW

Russian Blues are a striking, shimmery breed, elegant and stately-looking. They look less blue than grey, but the specifics of Cat Fancying are funny that way.

In Russian folklore, this cat is said to be able to heal the sick or injured and to bring good fortune. She was also once called an Archangel Cat because the breed hails from port city of Archangel in Russia, not because of their heavenly beauty or their angelic natures. They are pretty darn sweet, too.

This breed can grow to between 7-13 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.

FAST FACTS
Size: Medium
Energy Level: Medium
Playfulness: Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
Affection Level: Average
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: You can SEE me thinking
Grooming Needs: I mostly groom myself
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE RUSSIAN BLUE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

It might take her a while to warm up, but once she's decided to trust you, this kitty is in it for the long haul. But Russian Blues don't ask for much in return for their love and loyalty: they're affectionate but not insistent so will do all right on their own while you're at work.

This breed still appreciates your attention, and she'll definitely give you an earful if you disrupt her schedule or delay dinner too long. She's fond of schedules and dislikes change, so the Russian Blue is not your best bet if you move around a lot. She'll do well in a calm, structured family environment.

WHAT IS RUSSIAN BLUE BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is one lean, loyal, and intelligent kitty. Russian Blues are playful and easygoing, though they are prone to being startled. This breed can be nervous or shy with strangers. She prefers a steady schedule and is fastidious about cleanliness of her person and her litter box.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY RUSSIAN BLUE ENTERTAINED?

Russian Blues love a game of fetch and retrieve, especially if you do the retrieving. They also enjoy a feather toy. This breed loves finding high spots to jump or climb to, so a tall cat tree or cat-dedicated shelving where she can perch is a solid investment.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO RUSSIAN BLUES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

This breed is bright blue and seems to shimmer in the light; their coats are dense. Adult cats have vivid green eyes. This breed often seems to be smiling.

Russian Blues usually get the grooming they need from daily petting—you won't need to brush or comb them! (Win-win, really.) Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO RUSSIAN BLUES HAVE?

As a breed, Russian Blues are genetically sound. But they are a bit gluttonous, so be mindful about portion control.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE RUSSIAN BLUES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Russian Blues are among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers, possibly because they don't shed very much. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.

WHAT IS MY RUSSIAN BLUE'S BEST DAY?

Like any true cat who walks by herself, the Russian Blue will never tell. But this cat loves a game of fetch, finding small spaces to hide in, and lounging on a sunny window seat where she can look down at the world outside.

SHOULD I ADOPT A RUSSIAN BLUE?

If you're looking for a feline shadow, this is not the cat for you. Russian Blues are best matched with individuals or families who like an independent but affectionate breed. Folks in search of a self-sufficient, super-smart, and loving kitty will do well with a Russian Blue.

Have you decided that a Russian Blue is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.

Picture(s): Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis | |

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