Russian Blue Cats

Russian Blues are known for being both intelligent and independent. They are moderately active, and like to play. They are also very affectionate, and get along well with kids and other pets.

Russian Blue

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Quick Facts

  • about 12 pounds
  • about 10 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Working singles
    • First-time cat owners
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Plush blue coat
    • Affectionate
    • Gentle
    • Shy with strangers
    • Playful

What They Are Like to Live With

Russian Blues become attached to family members, but can be shy with strangers. They don’t like changes in their routine or environment, and prefer a very clean litter box. They are generally quiet and easily trainable.

Things You Should Know

Russian Blues are generally wary of strangers, and will hide when company comes over.

This breed is fussy about its litter box, and wants it kept very clean. If the box is dirty, a Russian Blue may decide to eliminate elsewhere.

Russian Blues can be very independent.

The Russian Blue are not believed to be related to other short-coated blue breeds, like the Korat, Chartreux or the British Shorthair.

Russian Blue History

The history of the Russian Blue is shrouded in mystery. Some believe the breed originated on the Archangel Isles in Northern Russia, and was brought to Europe by sailors in the 1800s. Legend states that the Russian Blue is a descendant of the royal cats owned by the Russian Czars.

Originally called the Archangel Cat, the Russian Blue was first show in 1875 in England. It was first shown in its own class in 1912. In the early 1900s, the breed was imported into the United States. The Russian Blue was nearly lost during World War II as breeding came to a near stop. An attempt to save the breed started in the 1940s as breeders from different countries used other breeds to boost the waning gene pool. In the 1960s, a group of British breeders united to restore the Russian Blue to its original appearance, and worked to breed out the characteristics that resulted from these cross breedings.

The breed was eventually recognized in the U.S. by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Cat Fancier’s Association (AFCA).

The Look of a Russian Blue

Russian Blues are famous for their plush blue coat, which is uniform in color from one cat to another. The coat has a silvery sheen, the result of silver tipping on the hair.

The breed has large, round green eyes and a cobra-like face. The head is wedge shaped, and the ears are large and pointed. The body is lean and fine-boned, although firmly muscled, giving the cat an elegant look.

Talk About Russian Blues 

Beautiful eyes and supersoft coats

What I love most about the Russian Blue is their green eyes and very soft coats. They are very affectionate cats who don't like to be put off when they want to be petted. They follow me around everywhere, so you almost have to be carefull where you are walking so you don't step on them. If you like working on your computer, you will find them wanting to sit on your lap as you work, that is if you can.

Even though you may have the female fixed, she may mark you as her own with a very pungent scent, enough where you have to change your clothes and/or shower. My female has retained her habit of kneading, and it is at this time that she normally marks.

They love to sleep under the covers close to me on cold nights, and when they want to eat they sure let you know about it.

My two cats are not good in the car at all! They hate car rides, and both ends are working after a mile away from the house. When I had them as kittens I got into the habit of giving them water baths. They don't like it still, but they don't fight me as much. The female just takes it and is very quiet, but the male lets out such howls! I do not bathe them during the winter months so they don't get sick, but once the weather warms up I use a flea and tick soap on them.

Don't believe the stories that they don't shed. My two shed tons when the time comes and need to be combed and brushed serveral times a week. In the winter, it goes down to only once a week.

If you move around a lot then getting a Russina Blue may not be a good idea. They like one place. In the past I had boarded them, but getting them there was a terrible experience, so now a friend comes in to check on them daily while I am away. Don't be surprised if you see blankets or other objects out of place or in other rooms. These cats are really strong and extremely intelligent. I've had my male Russian Blue drag an 18-pound bag of dry cat food out from the closet.

Think twice before you get another cat. I adopted an American Shorthair, and it took some time before the Blues accepted her. Even still, every now and then they avoid her. However, there are times I find all three of them sleeping together.

It is not a good idea to have these cats with younger children. They are an adult cat, but that is not to say they won't try to get along with children. If you want to make sure they are an indoor ca,t don't start letting them out. Once they get the feel for the outdoors they will sit at the door until you open it and shoot out like a bullet. Never hit or yell at them so if they do get out they won't run away from you. When I gt out after mine and call them, they slowly walk back over to me.

If they start getting onto your cabinets, use a spray water bottle. They quickly get the message, but you have to keep at it all the time.

~Steve B., owner of a Russian Blue

The affectionate Russian Blue

This is a breed I would highly recommend to single women and first time cat owners. I have two cats, one of which is a Russian Blue, and he is extremely affectionate towards me. Whenever I come home from work, he's waiting by the door to give me a snuggle, and at night he sleeps on my bed (as does my Mackerel Tabby). He is shy around strangers, often hiding under the table or couch when they are around.

From my experience, Russian Blues are playful, especially when it comes to chasing rattling balls. Sometimes I have to coax mine to play. He's not easily fooled by lasers - just stares at me as I flick the laser around. My best success with laser toys has been pointing them near him, so he pounces, and then quickly moving the laser so he can't help but chase after it.

My Russian Blue is vocal when he wants to play, even rolling his toy balls nearby to give me an idea.

He does like a clean litterbox. If it's dirty, he'll poop on the carpet, much to my dismay. Unfortunately, once a cat goes in one spot, he tends to keep doing so.

For indoor Russian Blues, I would recommend regulating the amount of food they have access to, as they overeat otherwise. Then it's a challenge to coax them into exercising it off. Luckily, light adult food is helping mine get back on track!

Russian Blues have beautiful green eyes and a wise old expression on their faces. I named mine Earl Grey, and it's quite fitting.

~Christine K., owner of a Russian Blue and a Mackerel Tabby

What an amazing cat!

Our most amazing cat is supper friendly and sweet. She is very affectionate and playful and has all virtues of cat personality. She loves her people and guards her kingdom. She actually does not use a litterbox unless she has to; she prefers to go outside. She comes to her name being called and loves to play "kill the rubber snake" for theatrical amusement. She also defends us against modern dinosaurs (birds) and will make sure that even statues of birds are not just cleverly standing very still. One time I saw her 'double check' that a pewter salt shaker shaped like a partridge was not actually an actual bird by giving it a little smack as it sat on a table.

~Molllie S., owner of an Archangel Russian Blue

Will work for bacon

My Russian Blue, Oso, is very affectionate and friendly. Sometimes I think of him as having the personality of a dog. He follows me everywhere and loves to eat! (He goes crazy when he smells bacon.)

If I oversleep, he will come and headbutt me in the head, under my blanket, a reminder that it's time to get fed. He loves other people and is not afraid of strangers, although he doesn't like to be picked up by non-members of the house. He is pretty big, but he is beautiful and healthy. I have had cats since I was a child, but Oso is the best cat I have ever had. I love him to death and he returns the love tenfold!

~Loretta T., owner of a Russian Blue

Sweet and playful

My Russian Blue, Rocky, is so sweet! He lies in the sink while I'm getting ready in the bathroom in the morning. When I lie down, he cuddles up with me.

Rocky has so much personality. He loves being outside chasing lizards! He is trained to go outside for a little while and come back shortly or when he is called. He is wonderful with my other cat, Hana, a 10-year-old Siamese, and my 12-year-old son. I have never seen or owned such a beautiful, loving, sweet, and playful cat.

~S. Valentine, owner of a Russian Blue and a Siamese

Intelligent and agile

Sam (aka Misha Blue or Blue) is the most intelligent cat I've ever had. He has conversations with me, and with his facial expressions, I'd swear he was human. Very loving, very snuggly, such soft fur. I say he has expressive paws, because he stretches them out in ways that communicate.

When he wants to be entertained, he'll bring me something to throw -- he likes the strips ripped from frozen food boxes the best. He chases after them and fetches, just like a dog. He's so quick and agile, I tell him he'd make a great cow herder if he were a horse because when I play catch the laser spot with him, he never loses sight of the spot, and he moves just like a cowhorse.

He has more personality and more presence than any cat I've ever had. He's not just a cat, like my other four. As for getting along with the non-Russian members of my feline family, he's quite content as long as we all remember who's in charge (him).

I definitely recommend the breed, and he might be my first Blue but he won't be my last.

~Jeanne B., owner of a Russian Blue and four Domestic Shorthairs