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The Siberian is a semi-longhaired domestic cat breed, which originates in Russia. Compact, strong and broad-chested body covered with dense, double coat makes them a true Siberian warrior! But despite their strength, these are gentle cats that enjoy human company and charm with their personality.


References of that ancient Siberian breed are dated back even to the 10th century. Most Siberians are natural outcrosses between cats from Easter Russia and those from Siberia or the Far East. In FIFe the breed was officially recognised in 1989.


The Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well-rounded paws. Their body size varies from medium to large. Siberians have firm, barrel-shaped torsos. The general impression of the body is circles and roundness, and females are significantly smaller than males. Head is slightly oval with soft contours and broad cheeks. The eyes are large, oval with slight slanting what give little bit melancholic look. The distinctive double coat, hard at touch, with lots of volume and density helped them to survive in hard weather conditions.


The Siberians are powerful agile cats but despite the size they are very gentle and clever enough to avoid any obstacles on the way. They love to play and interact with their human family and with other pets. Siberians are intelligent and quickly learn how to communicate with their “human servants” to get more treats and cuddles from them.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2024