Blu di Russia

Russian Blue Cat

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Russian Blue Cat

blu di russia



The Blue of Russia (also called "Russian Blue" or "Russian Blue") seems to have been brought to Europe by sailors from the port of Archangel, on the north coast town of Russia, but do not know exactly where the breed originated. We have found references in the writings of many poets of Scandinavia 1300: it is mostly praise and thanks also for the homes and fields kept free from rats. By 1850 it is documented the presence of these cats at the court of Tsar Nicholas I, who was a fan of this race and had plenty of practice within the court, to which even allowed to sleep with her children. It is said that the nanny court held cats eyed verses near the beds of children, to ward off evil spirits. The Empress Elizabeth, also had turned the famous Palace of St. Petersburg in a veritable herd of cats.

900 At the beginning of the Russian Blue cat shows were officially presented to the Crystal Palace in London and competed in the categories of the Carthusians, Korat and British Blue. In 1912 the blue cats were divided into two categories: the specimens of large size, such as the British, and those of small size, like the Russian Blue. During the World War, race and avoided extinction was kept pure, thanks to the work of some fans. In 1960 Russia to differentiate blue from British, breeders started breeding program between Russia and Blue The blue point Siamese. In this way they selected a cat with characteristics similar to those of the eastern race, but different from the initial one. Abandoned selection Siamese, they tried to retrieve the characteristics typical of the breed. Emphasis was placed on the distinctive characteristics of the breed green eyes and silver-blue cape. The breeding work of farmers are following two lines of development: the European and American. Within the EU there are three basic lines: and Czechoslovakia, the Nordic and English. The American line selects exceptional individuals for the color of the coat and eyes, although their cut tends to be somewhat rounded. They skeletal structure lightly.


Size: medium. The male weighs about 5 kg, and the female about 4 kg.

Head: is pointed and of medium length

Ears: Broad at the base, are facing forward and are attached (or plugged in) high on the head. Must be rounded to the tip.

Eyes: Almond shaped, slightly oblique and set well apart from each other. Must be green, no shades of yellow.

Nose of medium length. He did not stop (the depression formed between the forehead and eyes with the rest of the muzzle). The nose and lips are gray.

Neck: Long, elegant, is covered by thick fur.

Body: slender and elegant, very muscular. The skeleton is thin.

Legs: long, thin feet are round and small. The bearings from gray to pink.

Tail: The base is rather wide, tapering slightly toward the end.

Coat: The coat has "double" and this means that the fur is always present slightly raised. The coat is soft, blue-gray uniform, without streaks and reflect light.

Colors: The traditional color and recognized by all the associations is just blue.

The specimens were recently selected Blue Russia to other colors (white, black point) that have been accepted only by some groups not officially recognized.

Blue can be light or dark, but the colors should be evenly distributed from the root to the tip of the hair. In all races the lighter shade is the most popular.

Black was selected in Belgium: the coat shiny and bright, the eyes are emerald green.

White was selected in Australia and is now recognized by only a few independent clubs.

The point is not new. In fact born from lines carrying the gene Siamese.


Life expectancy: 15 years


It 's very quiet, gentle and affectionate with both the master and with his fellows.

He can not stand the noise and loud noises and is not suitable for children too small.

It is never insistent.

And 'the typical cat in an apartment.

It bears well enough but the cold does not love to be outdoors: winter prefer to settle near the radiator.

Usually adapts easily to cohabitation with other pets.

He loves a love of unique and exclusive so that it is he who chooses among all family members, his point of reference.

It 'very present, follows his master like a shadow.

No need for large spaces and is well suited, indeed is his greatest ambition, to apartment life. He has no problems staying home alone for the whole day waiting for the return of its mate.

It 'just a cat meowing and her voice is sweet and submissive. It 'a very nice cat, discrete and unobtrusive.

It appears that manages to capture the mood, if 'is not the time' you put on the sidelines waiting for better times

His ideal boss has no age but must be, among other requirements, a person serene and quiet, and especially use soft tones of voice.

If used is well suited to travel by any means.

Use lie in joining and folding the front legs as if they were stuck in an imaginary fur muff.

And 'elegance par excellence. His movements are a symphony of graceful elegance and if sometimes combines some trouble, it is certainly awkward.


The coat needs to be brushed only once a week.

During moulting brush each day

One of the main characteristics of this breed is to have a double coat which is why the fur should look a little relieved. You will then care in grooming, to brush against the grain to lift first and then comb it and follows its direction but not crush him.

It should not brush too hard not to thrill or flattening the coat.

And 'well, to enhance the luster of the coat, smoothing it with a chamois leather dry or slightly moistened with an antistatic.


The Russian Blue has no particular requirements in terms of power. The best diet is based on special food for cats, both dry and wet. The daily ration for an adult cat is about 50-70 grams of dry food and 150-200 grams for the slush. It can also be powered with fresh food (meat, fish, cooked vegetables), provided that the diet is balanced and varied. It 'should feed him a lot more than a day (but may also be enough daily rations 2). As often is voracious, it is better to keep it under control, especially those who tend to eat sterilized.


The female is rather early and the first heat between 6 and 9 months of life.

Both the male and the female can breed year of age (for the female wait for the second heat).

Gestation lasts on average 2 months.

The female usually gives birth twice a year giving birth to 3-4 kittens per litter.

Mothers are very caring and attentive towards the children and often, unlike other breeds welcome, 'interference' in the management of the puppies.

They can be born with light brindle markings (colored bands on the shell) calls "ghost brands" or "ghost marks" that tend to disappear during development.

The puppies are born with blue eyes but the color tends to change already into the fourth week.

At four months the eyes are already green, even if, sometimes, just as adults are able to capture the brilliance and brightness typical of the breed. In the British lines, the color is already set to 80 days in the selected lines to the east after 4 months.

It 's always good not to separate the pups from the mother too early to allow a good mental and physical development of kittens.


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