Druzhina Siberians History of the Siberian Cat

History of the Siberian Cat:

The Siberian cat is Russia's native longhair cat.While the Siberian cat is actually an extremely old breed, it has only recently been considered a pedigree breed of cat by cat organisations.
This is because pets were not allowed in Russia due to the communist regime.After the fall of communism cat fanciers started keeping these cats as pets and showing them.
From there the Siberian breed was established. Centuries ago these magnificent cats made their homes in Russian monasteries, where they would walk along high beams as lookouts for intruders.Their agility, speed and size made them worthy opponents. They were regarded by the monks as loving companions, who were loyal and renowned for their almost human displays of affection.
Siberians originated in Russia over 1000 years ago but were only introduced into the U.S.A in the early 1990's.
They did not enter Britain until 2002 when the first cats were imported from America and Russia. They are thought to be one of the largest breeds of domestic cat because of their dense coats and large bone structure.
The Siberian is a semi-longhaired cat that has a full rich coat in the winter and a shorter less dense coat in the summer.
It can come in almost any colour even the colour point (known as Neva masquerade). The naturally occurring Siberian is a large cat with a dense waterproof coat. They differ from other forest breeds i.e. Maine coon, Norwegian forest because of the fact that they have a more rounded appearance. While Norwegians have a more triangular face (more of a wedge shape with slanty eyes) the Maine coon has a more rectangular appearance being longer in the legs and body than the Siberian.
The Siberian has a rounded, well muscled body, round contours to the face and large rounded eyes. They are strong and muscular cats with heavy boning.They often weigh between 4-9kg depending on age and sex. Most of their size is reached in the first 18 months but it can take up to 5 years for them to reach their full size. They will continue to develop muscle making them heavier than they look regardless of their size. They are a very hardy breed with no known genetic health problems.

Personality;

They are very affectionate cats with lots of personality and playfulness well into old age. They are easy to handle and train and have a fascination with water. One of my cats loves to drop his toys in the water dish and will scrape the top of the water in his bowl with his paw before drinking. They are very intelligent and good at problem solving. Despite their size they are very agile and great jumpers so make sure your valuable ornaments are shut away when these cats are around!.
They are very dog like in their devotion to humans and love to greet new people. They chirrup when they greet you and love to purr when around their favourite human. They love to play fetch with their humans, which is very funny to watch. Despite their active nature they make great lap cats and will happily live indoors and curl up on your lap to sleep in the evening.
The Siberian is a playful, loyal and affectionate breed that can be very protective of the people they love.Being a mellow breed they make great companions loving nothing more than to share your bed with you, usually your pillow or under the duvet.They will come when you call their names and like to follow you around almost like a dog would.Your new Siberian will be a loyal companion who will want to be around you and involved in all you do.
They will provide loving companionship and hours of fun, making them the ideal family pet. A lot of people who claim to be dog lovers will often be won over by a Siberians charm.

Hypoallergenic qualities of the Siberian cat:

The Siberian cat is thought to be hypoallergenic (causes less allergic response), although it has not been scientifically proven yet.
Many people who suffer from cat allergies do not seem to react in the same way to a Siberian. It is thought that the Siberian cat produces less 'Fel D1 allergen in its saliva' than other cats, resulting in a lower allergic response by allergy sufferers. The protein in cat saliva (Fel D1 allergen)means that when a cat grooms itself, the protein present in the saliva dries on the fur leaving dander. The dander particles are small and air filters cannot always remove them. The Siberian has less 'Fel D1 allergen' flakes on their fur.
Not all individuals can tolerate Siberians and anyone who is allergic to cats should ideally spend some time in the presence of these cats before purchasing one. Ideally you should have a home visit with the breeder you intend on getting a cat from as different lines will have different levels of Fel D1 allergen, resulting in different levels of responses. Neutering has been shown to reduce the levels of Fel D1 allergen. The allergen is hormonally controlled and so entire cats (especially males) have the highest level.
Fur length does not affect the amount of allergen produced, but sometimes the fine fur of the undercoat can cause eye irritation, especially when moulting. Allergy suffers also need to take other precautions at home which will include vacuuming regularly, washing cat beds and other items regularly, not allowing the cat to sleep upstairs, using good quality air filters. Keeping on top of hygiene is also very important for allergy sufferers. I do not have allergies myself but have breeder friends who do and they tolerate the cats well.
Most breeders have a lot of success in homing these cats with allergy sufferers.

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