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Siberian Cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: Siberia (Russia)
Colors: Any
Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Large, furry, and mighty. What else would you expect of a cat from Siberia?

Siberian cats have been around for many years. As the name suggests, they come from Siberia, one of the hardest climate zones of Russia. In spite of this severe past, today Siberians are fully domesticated cats with a gentle and loving character.

Physical characteristics

Large, furry, and mighty. What else would you expect of a cat from Siberia? Their build is strong and powerful; it reveals a perfect physical condition. The well-muscled body has good proportions and makes you think about their solid weight: 12 to 16 pounds for males and 8 to 12 pounds for females. Some owners report larger sizes, though. The whole appearance of Siberians is somewhat round: round paws with toe tufts (often but not always), wedge-shaped head with round contours, sturdy neck, rounded chin, rounded muzzle, rounded ears of medium-large size, almost round eyes. The ears tilt forward slightly. The eyes are very expressive and alert; they are set about one eye width apart. The tail is medium length, tapering slightly, with a very dense coat.


Big cats with a big heart. This is how Siberian cats can be described. They are affectionate and friendly, and will form strong bonds with all members of your family including other pets. Except mice, of course. Siberians cannot be called shy cats; they will not be afraid of a stranger in the house. If you want to get a Siberian cat, you had better prepare and get a large bed first because these cats will most likely insist on sleeping with you. Beside you or on you. "The closer, the better", - these approach seems to be their motto. Perhaps, this behaviour comes from their ancestors who survived in hard Siberian environment with temperatures around -96 degrees F. Grouping together might be the best and the only way to keep warmth in the night. Moderately playful, Siberian cats love being cuddled and taken on lap. They seem to have a very special intuition about your feelings: if you are down, your Siberian companion might cheer you up by bringing his favourite toys to toss, or he might simply cuddle up purring softly and giving you a relaxing massage rub. Just like the environment where their ancestors had to live, Siberian cats are extremely strong and surprisingly agile for their size and appearance. Getting a little Siberian kitty, make sure to remove all breakable knick-knacks from reachable surfaces, and get a tall cat tree. Do not worry, though: when these cats have grown up, they usually learn how to control the big body and keep your vases safe. Basically, Siberians are quiet cats that sometimes get thoughtful about their next move as if it was a big game of kitty chess. Yes, Siberians are very intelligent. Their history made them so.
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Coat and grooming

Siberians come in all colours and patterns, except chocolate and lilac. The Mother Nature gave Siberian cats a luxurious triple-layered coat. The undercoat is tight and thick - excellent to stand the cold wind and low temperature of the hardest Russian climate zone. Adult cats have a abundant collar set off the head. On the belly, the hair can curl slightly, buy waviness is not typical for the breed. Grooming once a week is necessary to keep this fabulous coat in a good state.


Siberians are generally healthy cats without inherited diseases specific to the breed. Some breeders may tell you that these cats are hypoallergenic, but take in mind that there are no completely hypoallergenic cats. Read our article about allergy to cats to know why it happens and how to minimize the problem.

Other interesting facts

Siberians are fascinated by water, just like the Manx cat and Cymric cat.