Siberian cats - native breed that has developed naturally.
There are many myths and legends about the origin of the breed. Many people believe that Siberian cats are descendants of wild forests of Siberia. But "forest" appearance went to the Siberian cats are not from wild ancestors, and developed influenced by the Siberian frost. However, initially there was no cats in this area - they were brought out of the European regions in the 18-19 centuries. The first Siberian cats did not have a long hair and large body. Genotype has changed under the influence of natural selection. About the long hair gene there are two versions:
• the impact of the Persian breed (via the Silk Road);
• or cats from northern Europe (in the process of migration of the 18th century).
After the war, a large breed with a warm, waterproof wool exported from Siberia to the city of the Soviet Union to fight the mice and rats. And that Leningrad and Moscow cat in the 80s became the basis of the Siberian breed.
The first representative of the Siberian breed standard became a cat named Roman, who was born in 1987. Then the "career" of the cat began to quickly grow.
1987 г. – in Germany was opened the first European cattery of the Siberian cats - "Nevsky". Cat founder of the cattery - Tim - got the highest marks on the exhibitions, forcing to learn about himself the whole of Europe;
1989 г. – Association of felinologists USSR certified "Siberian" breed, rejecting the name "Moscow";
Siberian cats can not be married with other breeds.
1995 г. – Moscow organized a Dane Specialty Show "Siberian miracle";
1996-1997 гг. – TICA and FIFe recognized breed was discovered lovers of the breed association (OLSK);
2006 г. – Siberians were recognized in the United States (CFA).
Today Siberian cats are actively bred abroad. But in Russia there is a heterogeneity of types of animals and the disappearance of the base colors of the breed.
!!! Siberian cats have one feature - they grow for a long time and maturity comes to 5 years.
• muscular body of medium length, strong bones;
• trapezoidal, round head, large or medium;
• impressive, round eyes of all shades of yellow and green;
• feet are round and large;
• wool stiff, medium length, water repellent and has a double undercoat;
!!! Weight Siberian females - about 4-6 kg, while the males are significantly exceed them, achieving 10 kg.
Siberian breed includes countless colors. For colorful "paint" it is often called the "Siberian colourpoint."
Usually it is a combination of gray, black, white and red colors.
!!! White Siberian cats with color point are separate subspecies - Neva Masquerade.
Siberian cat - one of the "universal" breeds.
!!! Despite the rather long hair, Siberians are hypoallergenic.
"Coat" of this breed is a different story. Сare about the hair scares many potential owners. In autumn and spring, Siberians molt and need a comb.
To care for their hair you will need:
Combing happens in several stages:
Do not use brushes with synthetic bristles - they contribute to hair fragility. This breed is not afraid of water, but not often bathe her - hair stays clean for a long time. Before bathing a cat is necessarily combed.