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.
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