Charis Siberians

Nevaland Siberians

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About Siberian Forest Cats

The Siberian cat is the national cat of Russia. They come in a variety of colors, including colorpoint which is due to the dark points on their face, tail, ears and paws. These colorpoints originated around the Neva River in Russia and are now known as Neva Masquerade. The word masquerade comes from their mask-like faces. 

Siberians lived in the wild for hundreds of years, surviving extreme temperature changes, before they finally became a household pet. Their history goes back to being participants in the first cat show in England in the 1700's. Pet ownership was discouraged under old Soviet law due to housing and food shortages. In 1987 the Russian Cat Clubs finally began to keep official records. On June 28, 1990, the first Siberians were imported to the USA by Elizabeth Terrell of Starpoint Cattery. 

These cats are excellent hunters and very intelligent. They are dog-like in personality, quick to learn and are problem solvers. When you call them they come to you and can be trained to play fetch. In physical appearance they are large cats; the females are about 9-14 pounds and the males are several pounds bigger. Maturity is not reached until about 5 years old. Another feature is their ability to jump great heights because their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs. They are strong, big boned animals yet have a sweet disposition. Siberians are faithful and loyal to their owners, often meeting them at the door and following them around the house. They are also affectionate, sociable,  love to purr and sometimes squeak or chirp. 

The Siberian is possibly the earliest long-haired cat, with 3 layers of fur. Their coat usually becomes full the first winter after their first birthday. The fur is water resistant and very soft.

The most amazing thing about the Siberian cat is that it has been researched and demonstrated that these cats are hypoallergenic. They are low allergen because they produce less Fel d1 in their saliva than other cats. Many people that are allergic to cats have little to no reaction around Siberian cats.

More information about this beautiful breed can be obtained from TICA or CFA

Animal Planet: Cats 101