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The Siberian is a medium-haired breed of cat. The breed is recognized by most cat organizations, which accept Siberians of any color (including Colorpoints) for competition. This includes recognition in the major cat registries such as The International Cat Association (TICA) and Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), as well as acceptance in the CFA Championship class beginning on 6 February 2006.
While there is no scientific evidence to substantiate it, Siberians are said to be hypoallergenic. If there appears to be an allergy problem within your family, the Siberian may be acceptable. However, it is important they you first determine if the allergy is to cats. We have experienced cases where the potential pet parent "thinks" they are allergic to cats because as a child they could not be around them. We may be able to help you assess your response to this breed before you reserve a kitten, see FAQ.
Siberian coats are somewhat resistant to matting, requiring minimal grooming, and they generally shed only twice a year for approximately 10 days. There is minimal shedding in between. They are truly the perfect cat!
The following was taken from Wikipedia, which is not the most accurate source on the internet, but it does give a fair description based on our personal observations of raising and showing them. (www.wikipedia.com)
Body: Known to be an exceptionally high jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with well-proportioned characteristics that include strong hindquarters and large stomachs. They typically weigh between fifteen-twenty pounds (6.8-9.1 kg) for the males, or ten-fifteen pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) for females. They are shorter and stockier than Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats even though they can attain approximately the same weight. Siberians typically attain their full growth more slowly, over their first five years.
Personality: Siberians are intelligent, playful, affectionate, and loyal, leading many to describe their character as dog-like.
The following is added by us after living with Siberians for quite some time. They are a very demanding breed. By that I mean they require your interaction; they insist on helping you on the computer, fixing meals, opening mail, relaxing with a book, and much more. They do not like being alone, so if you both are young, work out of the house, and are socially active after work and on weekends, I'm afraid you are not a candidate for a Siberian. We suggest you look for a more docile breed that will not become stressed if you do not spend time with them. Stress can induce serious illnesses.
Fur: Siberians may be 90% hypoallergenic. No conclusive information is currently available. Despite the lack of scientific evidence, extensive anecdotal evidence can be found from breeders and pet owners supporting such claims. Siberian fur is textured, medium-long and usually tabby patterned. Their fur is plush, can have a wide range of coloration (including points), and does not have a tendency to mat.
Reproduction: On average, a Siberian cat's litter consists of five kittens.
Ancestry: While Siberians are a recent introduction to the US (1990) and thus relatively rare, though popular, the breed can be seen in Russian paintings and writings hundreds of years old. This sets them apart from breeds that are the result of selective breeding. There is an increasing interest in Siberians worldwide, and they are currently accepted by all registries.
Description: The Siberian is a medium/large, strong cat, which takes five years to mature. The females weigh less than the males. They are extremely agile and athletic. Their muscles are mighty, outstanding, and powerful. The back is medium and slightly lower in front than in the hind, but appears horizontal when in motion. A barrel shaped, muscular torso, develops with age. The hind legs, when straightened, are slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are round, big, and quite powerful. The overall appearance should be one of great strength and power; the facial expression is quite sweet. The general impression is one of roundness and circles.
Coat: This is a moderately long to long-haired cat, with hair on the shoulder blades and lower part of the chest being thick and slightly shorter. Siberians have a triple coat. There should be an abundant ruff setting off the large, impressive head. There is a tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather. Allow for warm weather coats. The hair may thicken to curls on the belly and britches, but a wavy coat is not characteristic. The skin may have a bluish cast. Clear strong colors and patterns are desirable, but are secondary to type.
Eyes: The large, almost round eyes are at least one eye width apart with the outer corner slightly angled toward the lower base of the ear. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color/pattern, however, as with all pointed cats, the eye color is blue with pointed colors
Ears: The ears are medium-large, wide and set as much on the sides of the head as on the top; ideal position is 1 to 1-1/2 ear widths apart. The tips are rounded and the ear tilts forward. Ear furnishings are desirable. Hair over the back of the ears is short and thin; from the middle of the ear, the furnishings become longer and cover the base completely.
Tail: The tail is medium length, wide at the base, blunt at the tip without thickening or kinks, evenly, and thickly furnished.
Head: The head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours, broader at the skull and narrowing slightly to a full rounded muzzle with well-rounded chin. There may be a slight muzzle curvature, but the transition between the side of the head and the muzzle is gentle and inconspicuous. The cheekbones are neither high set nor prominent. There should be a good distance between the ears and eyes. The top of the head is flat, with a gentle nose curvature of a gentle slope from the forehead to the nose and a slight concave curvature before the tip. The neck is medium, rounded, substantial, and very well-muscled; Siberians have the appearance of no neck.
There exists some controversy concerning color point Siberians. Some consider them a separate breed called Neva Masquerade, but so far, no major cat registry has accepted them as a separate breed. They are considered a color division of the Siberian breed.
Click here to see a You Tube video of Siberians in the wild in Russia. They are magnificent creatures living in the harshest of climates.