Russian Blue

The Russian Blue originated in Russia. It is durable cat that spent most of its evolution 150 miles (93 Kilometers) away from the Arctic Circle. It is built for the cold. They can live up to 15 years with little to no health issues. They weigh up to 15 lbs. (7 kilos).

This cat thrives in a stable environment. It is not very needy and can be left in the house alone for long periods of time.

This breed's grace has led to it being compared with a ballerina dancing en pointe. Its thick double coat reflects its northern origins; this, combined with the silvery-blue color of the coat, makes it quite enchanting.


The cats probably found their way to Europe and America via nineteenth-century sailors trading from Baltic ports. They may have arrived earlier than this, traveling as "ratters" on the Viking longships. The Russian Blue was exhibited in British cat shows in the late 1800s. After that, its popularity waned until it was resurrected in the 1950s by the use of outcrosses to Siamese.


A medium-sized cat with long, slender legs, the Russian should exude grace and elegance. It has a flat skull and large, high-set ears. Although both white and black Russians have been seen, most likely arriving from the temporary Siamese outcrosses, only Blue is currently recognized.

This cat is not hard to recognize. It comes only in one color, one coat pattern and length. It sports a nice thick and luxurious coat which is heaven to the touch. It has deep green eyes and a cobra like face. It is hard not to notice its beautiful smile.

Origin: Russia

Grooming: 2/5

Activity: 3/5

GCCF Group: Foreign Shorthairs


Although quiet-voiced, placid and sensitive, the Russian is a playful cat that will enjoy gentle companionship from a family.

Russian Blues are a very intelligent, common and curious. They have dog like behaviors such as fetching objects. They are a sensitive cat that can pick up on a human’s emotional level. They love to play with both children and other animals, but can be very reserved around people they do not know. They are a talkative cat and extremely clean. They are good companions for other cats and also dogs.

This cat is great for a family on the go as they enjoy an active household, but can also be on their own. If you are a family on the go, it is recommended making this your second cat or a companion to a smaller dog. The Russian Blue will do better with another animal in the house while you are away.

The gentle natured Russian Blue, a one-color-only breed, has distinctive high-set ears.

General Care

Groom this cat a few times a month to keep its coat nice and healthy.

Suitability as a pet

In general, the Russian Blue will not enjoy a loud, busy household with active, noisy children. It is really a grown-up's cat and likes quiet nights in. If a cat was a music lover, it would appreciate Mozart rather than Wagner — and would probably do the crossword while enjoying a glass of sherry!

Gallery of Russian Blue