The Siberian is an ancient breed of cat that originates from Russia. It is a large, solidly built cat with a thick, semi-long waterproof coat with distinctive tufts of fur on the ears. The thick coat provided protection against the challenging harsh weather of the Siberian Steppes in eastern Russia. The Siberian is now recognised as the national cat of Russia. The Siberian is also known as the Siberian Forest cat and is indeed often confused with the Norwegian Forest Cat.
The Siberian is an intelligent, playful and lively cat. It is gentle and loving around the home, and makes a lovely family pet. It tends to get along well with children, other cats and cat-friendly dogs. The Siberian is not considered a fussy eater. Indeed, due to their strong hunting instinct, outdoor cats may bring back gifts of hunted wildlife into the home on a regular basis. The Siberian also has a fascination around water. It also behaves in many ways like a dog, following family members around the home, and wanting to be part of activities. The Siberian can be kept as an indoor cat, but owners should ensure this intelligent cat receives plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Siberians are vocal cats, often chattering away, known as a chirruping.
The semi-long coat require requires regular combing and brushing to prevent the build up of matts and tangles. The coat moults twice a year, having a heavy moult at the end of winter, followed by a lighter moult at the end of summer. The Siberian is available in a huge range of colours and markings.
The coat of the Siberian has been found to excrete lower levels of allergen Fel d1 than many other breeds of cats. The allergen that causes allergic reactions in humans is found in the saliva in the mouth and is passed onto the fur as the cat washes and grooms itself. Mild allergy sufferers may be able to own a Siberian due to lower levels of allergens produced in this breed. However, we do recommend taking medical advice and spending time with the breed before going ahead and buying a Siberian kitten. The Devon Rex and Cornish Rex are two other cat breeds that are considered to be hypoallergenic.
The Siberian is a robust and hardy cat with no known inherited health problems. A healthy Siberian can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 15 years of age. The large, robust Siberian is known to take a long time to fully mature, it can take up to five years. There are usually 5-6 kittens in a litter. Expect to pay around £500-£700 for a pedigree Siberian kitten.