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Russian White, Black and Tabby - Breed Profile:

Origin: Russia
Colors: White, Black and Tabby
Size: Small to medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Russian White, Black and Tabby cats derived from the Russian Blue, so they basically have the same physical characteristics with the only difference in the coat colour.


The Russians are gentle and affectionate cats that will never get bored entertaining you and your family. They do not, however, tend to be destructive like some other breeds (e.g. Chausie, Abyssinians, Ocicats). The Russians are intelligent, quiet, and sensitive. They can easily learn how to open doors, closets, and drawers, so it is not something to be surprised at if you have one of these wonderful cats. They can also train their people to perform simple tasks such as throwing toys so that the Russians can retrieve them. Loyal and devoted, the Russians make really good companions for your entire family.

Coat and grooming

The coat of the Russians is soft, plush, silky and dense. It has clear tipping that gives the coat an overall lustrous sheen. The undercoat is fine and downy. Little grooming is necessary.
The names of the three breeds suggest the coat colour specific to a particular cat.


The Russians are hearty and healthy cats. With proper diet, exercise, veterinary care, and affection, they can live well into their teens and beyond.

Other interesting facts

There is a little trickiness in recognition of the breed. The ACF and GCCF do not recognize it as a separate breed. Instead, they recognize the Russian Blue coming in white and black also. The CFA does not recognize any other colours of the Russian Blue but the one mentioned in the breed name. The ACFA recognizes Russian Shorthairs in white, black, and blue.