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Siberian Cat

Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well rounded paws

Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well rounded paws

The Siberian Forest Cat has been in Russia for centuries. The Siberian Cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats, it’s called the King of cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat, to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed and the national cat of Siberia.

The cat was first mentioned in a book by Harrison Wier, which included information of the earliest cat shows in England in 1871.

The cat was first mentioned in a book by Harrison Wier, which included information of the earliest cat shows in England in 1871.

Siberians first arrived in the United States in 1990.

Siberians first arrived in the United States in 1990.

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In the Russian cat fancy, each cat club devises its own cat standards. This fact led to much confusion in the USA and other countries when the first Siberians were arriving and many appeared quite different from each other, depending on what area of Russia they originated from. One of the earliest written Siberian standards was publicized by the Kotofei cat club in St. Petersburg in 1987. A Siberian cat, Dorofei, is owned by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and another by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. WBZ-AM talk radio host Steve LeVeille mentions his Siberian “Max” on his Boston-based program

Although gaining in popularity, the expense of importing the cats from Russia keeps the breed relatively rare outside of Europe.

Although gaining in popularity, the expense of importing the cats from Russia keeps the breed relatively rare outside of Europe.