Samnicki Russian Blue Cattery : History

Unlike so many modern cat breeds, the Russian Blue is a naturally occurring breed which is believed to have originated in the port of Arkhangelsk, on the White Sea of Russia, not far from the Arctic Circle.

The Russian Blue Cat has a lean well toned, medium-sized body and a short, plush, blue-grey coat.  The colour is the dilute expression of the black gene.  The coat is unique to the breed as it is a double coat, with the undercoat being soft and downy, and the longer guard hairs an even blue with silver tips.  The tips give the coat a shimmering appearance.

Its eyes are almost always a vivid green.  These cats are highly intelligent and playful but tend to be timid around strangers, however within a day or two, the baby Russian has thoroughly sussed out its new environment and sized up the family as being worthy of its devotion.

The kitten is now raging around the kitchen at mealtime, helping with the chores and spending its evening gazing adoringly into its favourite persons face.  The need for prolonged eye contact seems to be a strong personality trait in most Russians.  He sits as still as a statue but, if ignored, will chirrup and squeak until you close your book, turn off the television and give him your undivided attention. This is all part of the love affair that epitomizes the magic of the Russian Blue cat.

This magic is a combination of the Russian's awareness of his own dignity, a quiet and majestic type of feline beauty and the love and loyality that results from an immensely strong bond between cat and his chosen human.