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               Russian Blue Cats

Did the Russian Blue actually originated in Archangel? During the past hundred years, the breed has been known by a number of names, among them "Maltese" and " Foreign Blue". Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have brought the breed to England, and Queen Victoria is credited to owned a pair.Kazakhs are described as riding into war with their faithful Russian Blue clinging to their shoulders, and the czar of Russia is also seen as a cat lover and promoter of the breed. Russian folk belief that cats had a healing influence.

The coat of the true Russian Blue is very dense and plush, a so-called double coat. This means that each hair stands at a 45 degree angle from the body and makes the cat appear much heavier than it actually is. Since each hair is silvery tipped, every movement of the cat has a silvery sheen.

Eye color is green, but may vary from a deep emerald to a pale, almost yellowish green. Kittens are born with blue eyes which turn to yellow, but at the age of twelve weeks or later, a green ring appears in the otherwise yellowish eyes.This ring will grow, and eventually most of the eye will be green.Sometimes a kitten's eyes will change from blue to green.

Overall, the Russian Blue is a slender, fine-boned but muscular cat with long legs, dainty paws, and a long, tapering tail.It is an elegant animal.Females at maturity will weight from five to eight pounds; mature males usually weight nine-ten pounds.

The loyalty of a Russian Blue must be experienced to be believed. It's absolutely devoted to its family or person. Its patience with small children is great, and it will tolerate even clumsy but well meaning attention.

When stranger arrive, the Russian Blue will probably watch from a safe distance until it has assured itself that everything is all right. Reserved and a little shy by nature, it needs to be well socialized as a kitten.

Russian Blue kittens have the sweet smiling faces that reflect the wonderful personality of the breed.

The Russian Blue is a well-mannered cat, and easily learn the household routine. A firm "no" is usually all that is needed to discourage undesirable behavior.

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