The Russian blue is probably of Russian origin, although this is not certain. He was discovered by English merchants near Arkhangelsk in northwest Russia around the second half of the 19th century. He comes from the polar regions and therefore has a double coat, gray in color (closer to blue). These cats are distinguished from the British Blue cats by a longer and slimmer body and a less rounded head. They have a rather small, triangular head with a long face. A striking feature of these Russian cats is their fur, which is exceptionally thick, short, silky blue and silver colored.
The most striking feature of the Russian Blue is its double coat, which consists of very dense short hair, which some compared to the fur of a young seal. The coat of an adult cat should be uniform blue. Kittens coats are often tabby striped. These stripes usually completely disappeared after a year. In the summer, the coat can transform to a brownish blue, caused by too much sunlight, but this will disappear again with time.
The Russian Blue’s body is elongated, solid yet gracefully built, with long slender legs, graceful oval feet and a long, tapering tail. The soles are dark. The nose is slate-colored. At birth the kittens have blue eyes and it might take two years before the desired green color shows up.
On the long straight neck sits a short, wedge-shaped flat head. Their ears should be large and pointy, almost transparent, wide at the base and right on the head.
The Russian Blue is a peaceful cat. They love to relax and can spend hours at a place to lie down, They do not like loud noise and some are known to not like strangers.
The special coat of the Russian Blue has relatively little care. It is sufficient to occasionally brush the coat with a soft brush.