The Siberian is an ancient breed, which has just become popular in North America.ÿÿIt is considered somewhat ?hypoallergenic? because it lacks a certain protein in its saliva.ÿHistoryThe Siberian is northern Russia?s native semi-longhaired cat.ÿ Due to the extremely cold climate, they developed superior survival qualities such as longer hair with a non-matting undercoat, thicker skin, and water repellent coats.ÿ The Siberian arrived in Moscow and St. Petersburg, brought there by Russian emigrants leaving the cold inhospitable climate of the North.ÿ The Siberian lines we see in North America originate mostly from these cities.ÿThis breed is relatively new to North America.ÿ The first three Siberian cats were imported into the U.S. in 1990 in an exchange program for Himalayans.ÿ Additional Siberians were imported in 1991 and the new breeding program was underway.ÿ The first American litter of Siberians was born on July 13, 1991.ÿThe first task to be completed was to have the American registries recognize the breed.ÿ ACFA and TICA were the first registries to allow the breed to be shown as NBC (New Breed or Colour).ÿ The breed is now accepted for Championship status in most of the major Cat Associations.DescriptionThe Siberian is a large, strong cat, which takes about five years to mature.ÿ The females may weigh less than the males.ÿ They are extremely agile and great leapers.ÿ The overall appearance should be one of great strength, force and size with a sweet expression and excellent condition.The head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours with a full rounded muzzle and a well-rounded chin.ÿ The ears are medium-large, wide and set as much on the sides of the head as on the top, about 1 to 1« ear widths apart.ÿ Lynx tipping is desirable as are generous ear furnishings.ÿ The eyes are large and almost round.ÿ There is no relationship between eye colour and coat colour/pattern, though the typical adult colour is yellow-green.The coat is moderately long, to long, with an abundant ruff.ÿ There is a tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather.ÿ Siberians are available in a wide range of colours and patterns.TemperamentThe Siberians have a wonderful dog like personality and they are very affectionate!!!ÿ Unlike many cats this breed will come over and greet strangers.ÿ They are very intelligent and learn quickly, and even ?problem solve? to get what they want.ÿ They love to be spoken to and will often come running if called by name.ÿ Siberians also have a triple purr and unlike other breeds make a chirping sound when coming up to greet you.ÿ They also have a large bushy tail that stands at attention and does a shimmering effect when happy, that may look like they are spraying to some which is not what they are doing.ÿ Siberians have a fascination with water, often dropping toys into their water dishes or investigating bathtubs before they dry.ÿ This is the ideal lap cat that is calm and yet very active at playtime.
This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers