The first known reference to Siberian cats and Siberian cat colors is from 1000 AD. These beautiful cats originated in the cold weather climate of Russia and there have always been several Siberian cat colors, mostly black-brown tabby.
Traditionally they roamed in the wild forests of Siberia. That is why they are now referred to as Siberian forest cats. The Siberian is one of the 3 breeds of forest cats. They are also one of the oldest cat breeds that are “natural” or were not human developed, by crossing with other breeds.
This lack of cross-breeding plus their past in Russia means that they are generally robust and healthy cats who tend to experience minimal health problems.
Those harsh Siberian winters also result in this breed developing a long, waterproof, triple coat of fur. Indeed, unlike many other cat breeds Siberians tend to love water.
Siberians are powerful cats whose hind-legs tend to be longer than their front legs, allowing them to jump very high. They are slow to mature and can take around five years to reach full maturity. At which point most will be medium to large sized cats – particularly the males. However, their eventual large size is offset by their gentle nature.
Siberian cat personality traits are known for being the most“dog-like” of all cat breeds, due to their, sweet, fun and infectious personalities.
I had always thought of myself as a dog person until I met a friend’s Siberian and fell in love. I got my first Siberian from her, and it was one of the best decisions that I ever made. The fact that some have much lower allergen levels than most other cats, is an incredible bonus for the allergy sufferer!