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Breed: Russian Blue:

  • The Russian Blue has a thick coat with a very dense undercoat.
  • The coat color is an even blue with a lustrous, silvery sheen.
  • The eyes are large, almond shaped, widely spaced and emerald green.
  • The head is longer from the ears to the eyes than from the eyes to the nose.
  • The ears are large and pointed.
  • The Russian Blue has a long, graceful outline with long, yet sturdy, legs.
  • The Russian Blue is a cautious cat, sensitive to changes in its environment.
  • Russian Blues are dignified and gentle, and tend to be less destructive than other breeds.
  • They make ideal indoor companions.
  • The breed history is uncertain, although the Russian Blue probably originated in Russia before the 1800s.
  • Russian Blues were exhibited in Britain in the Crystal Palace show in 1871 (although these cats had yellow eyes).
  • The Russian Blue is mentioned by name in the book "Our Cats" by Harrison Weir (1893).

Russian Blue

The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Bruce Fogel, DVM, DK Publishing, Inc., New York, 1997, pp. 170.