is a loving, attentive, friendly and adventurous cat. These cats love to be close to family members and get along great with children, dogs, cats and other animals. Siberians enjoy the company of their family and make excellent companions with their calm demeanor and quiet sounds.The Siberian is also active and playful.
Size: This is a medium-size to large cat weighing 8 to 17 pounds and sometimes more. It can take the Siberian up to five years to reach his full size and coat. His body is muscular and he has big round paws with tufts of fur and a thickly furred tail. It is not uncommon for a fit male to weigh up to 25 pounds.
Temperament & Personality: He will instigate games of fetch by bringing you a favorite toy to throw. These cats are fairly independent and definitely strong-willed, they are also incredibly friendly and affectionate. They love spending time with their people. It is not an aloof or solitary breed. They will not hide under your bed! They are great companion cats loyal, highly intelligent and well-attuned to their surroundings and particularly their owner’s mood.
Activity Requirements: it is important to engage in playtime and challenge them with learning new tricks.They are known for their sense of adventure and agile ability. It is not uncommon to see a Siberian jump and summersault while chasing a toy. They enjoy the challenge of learning new tricks, and some have even learned how to play fetch.
Breed Traits: They exhibit dog-like behavior. They will greet people at the door, come when called and enjoy playing fetch.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: Require grooming to keep its striking coat in good condition. If the grooming process is started as a kitten they soon become used to it and enjoy the attention it brings. Daily attention will prevent a build up of knots. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: The Siberian is recognized in a wide variety of colors and patterns including color pointed. Chocolate, Cinnamon, Caramel and the according dilute colors (Lilac, Fawn, and Apricot) are not accepted in any pattern combinations (solid, bi-color, tri-color, tabby or color pointed.) Burmese or Tonkinese color restriction are also not accepted. Any amount of white is allowed, (i.e. white on paws, chest, belly, blaze, locket etc.) on all patterns and colors including the color pointed variety. The color pointed variety can be called Neva Masquerade. Allowance should be made for belly spots and shading on color points. Popular Siberian cat colors.
Gray and white, Red, Silver, White, Yellow, Black, Black white, Blue eyed, Blue lynx, gold
History: From Russia with love: that’s the Siberian, a glamorous native cat from the taiga of Siberia, a forested area with a subarctic climate that no doubt contributed to this cat’s long, thick, protective coat. The cats have been known in Russia for some 1,000 years and often figure in Russian folktales. Siberians were first imported to the United States in 1990 and were recognized by The International Cat Association in 1996. The American Cat Fanciers Association accepted the breed in 1999, followed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 2006. The siberian cat is also known as siberian forest cat.