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Siberian Forest

The Siberian Forest is a large, powerful, curvy cat, with a broad barrel rib cage, strong limbs and paws that would make a boxer proud! 

Over this robust frame, the Siberian has a very thick semi-longhair coat, which will thicken and grow longer in winter, and reduce somewhat in summer. When mature, this is a cat that will develop a thick ruff and mane particularly in the colder months, and their tail is magnificent in its size and thickness.

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

Siberian Forest cats can suffer from:
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency which is a disease that causes anaemia (death of red blood cells). 
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for pyruvate kinase deficiency and polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 11 - 18 years
Weight:  3.5 - 7.5kg
Colours:  Wide variety of colours including the pointed shades, and may have bold white markings.

Ratings

Family-friendly: 4/5
Playfulness: 5/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  2/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 4/5
Siberian Forest cat is walking in the wood

Personality

Social and intelligent, but independent where necessary, the Siberian Forest cat is a curious and clever problem solver. Despite their huge size, they are agile and athletic, able to make great leaps to reach what they want, whether a hidden toy, a bowl of food left on a worktop or just a desirable vantage point! 

Friendly and affectionate with family, they are a little aloof with strangers but quick to take advantage of anyone who may offer scritches, toys or food. 

Siberian Forest cat is standing near to wood

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Russia

Other Names: Siberian cat

Domestic cats of the Siberian type (heavy, large and long coated) have been documented since as early as 1000AD. More records show that Siberian cats were shown in the late 1800’s in the US, and are referenced in several books from that era. 

The 1980’s however saw a rise in the popularity of cat ownership, showing and breeding in Russia, and the Kotofei Cat Club in Moscow created the first breed standard for the Siberian Forest cat. They were imported into the US in the late 1980s, and recognised by The International Cat Association in 1992, with Championship status granted in 1996.