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Russian Blue

The Russian Blue is an attractive, medium sized cat with a moderately ‘foreign’ type body (‘foreign’ in cat terms means ‘like a Siamese cat’), long and lithe and very muscular, yet graceful. The head is a wedge shape but the wide cheekbones give the Russian Blue an open, smiling face framed with large flared ears. Legs and long and lean with neat, small, oval shaped paws. Russian Blues are famous for their dense, thick and plush coat.

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Calm cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Quiet cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

There are no widely recognised health problems in the Russian Blue cat breed. 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
Weight:  3 - 7kg
Colours:  Medium silvery-blue shade without any white markings or ghost patterning.


Family-friendly: 3/5
Playfulness: 2/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 4/5
Russian Blue cat is watching at someone


The Russian Blue is an engaging and elegant companion. They are somewhat aloof with strangers, preferring to observe from a distance and evaluate a new person’s worthiness of friendship, rather than diving straight in with head rubs and lap-time! Once a Russian Blue has assessed you and approved you, they are extremely affectionate and will expect you to meet their every need and desire! Playful and loving, they can make enjoyable and relatively undemanding feline friends. 

Russian Blue cat is washing paws

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Russia

Developed in Arkhangelsk, Russia somewhere in the 1800’s, little more is known of their origins. There is also a Russian White and Russian Black variety which are closely related but almost never seen in the UK. They were first seen in shows in the UK in the 1880’s. 

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