The Regal Russian Blue

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The Russian Blue is related to the other three shorthaired solid blue breeds: Thailand's Korat, France's Chartreux, and Britain's British Blue (now called the British Shorthair). All of these breeds have considerable differences in coat and personality.

The cat staged its first public appearance in 1871, when a Russian Blue was displayed at the Crystal Palace in London, under the name Archangel Cat. In those days, the Russian Blue looked quite different than what we are familiar with today.

At that time they where called an Archangel Cat, because it was said to be from the Russian island of Archangel, they competed against other blue cats of varying types. In 1912 they finally achieved an exhibition class of their own.

 

The Russian as a Pet

Their nature is very appealing, as they are gentle and affectionate yet at the same time are not demanding. Russian Blues are a very robust breed of cat, known for their good health and longevity.

The Russian Blue makes a lovely loyal family pet. Being affectionate and playful, eager to please, easy to train, and highly intelligent, they can also be a little reserved and quiet at times. They communicate silently and are not pushy by nature, and are also a good breed to have with other pets.

Appearance

Regal is a fitting term to describe the breed.
They have large ears, wide at the base but set high on the head with pointed tips. A broad muzzle with prominent whisker pads and a unique straight profile. The eyes are almond shaped in a vivid green are set wide apart. A long, graceful neck and a well muscled long, graceful body that is firm and muscular is covered with a short, thick double coat which is plush in texture. If you were to run your fingers through a Russian Blue’s coat, the patterns they made would remain until they were petted smooth. The body is supported by long elegant legs set on small, slightly rounded paws with pads that are a pinky lavender or mauve shade. The tail is long but in proportion to the body.

A real beauty!