The Siberian Cat

the siberian kittenThe first record of the Siberian cat was made over one thousand years ago. As their name implies, the Siberian originated in Russia. The Siberian bares a strong resemblance to the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Maine Coon Cat. Like the Norwegian and the Maine Coon, the Siberian is a large cat with males weighing up to 20 pounds and females up to 12. The Siberian is slow to fully mature taking up to 5 years to reach full maturity.

The Siberian has a medium length coat that is triple layered. This is essential to their survival in the brutal Russian winters where temperatures can drop to 30 below or lower. Their coat gives them a puffy look especially on their neck, which looks like a mane. They are heavily muscled cats with rounded bodies. They have powerful hind legs that gives them the ability to jump tremendous distances. They are also very adept climbers.

Siberian’s are said to have personality plus. Friendly and affectionate, when you return home for the day they are likely to greet you at the door purring their unique triple purr. They are loyal to their families but will also approach strangers without hesitation. They are good with other cats and dogs, and are excellent with children. They love to play, especially games that involve running and jumping. They are fond of water and for some reason they like to drop toys in it. Siberian’s are rumored to be hypoallergenic, and some breeders say that they are an alternative for people that are allergic to cats, but there is little evidence to support that claim.

If we rated on a scale from 1 to 10 how exotic a Siberian is, we’d give it a 5. With many cool facts to impress your friends, the Siberian will give you plenty of things to talk about, and with their outgoing personality’s, they will ensure that they are the center of attention.

The Siberian is a perfect cat for just about everyone. They’re not a demanding cat, but their medium length coat does need to be brushed regularly to prevent matting. Aside from regular grooming, they are a healthy and hearty breed that would be a welcome addition to any family. You should be aware, however, that if you’re thinking the Siberian might just be the right breed for you, that it is a very rare breed, and once you find a breeder you will likely be put on waiting list.

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