The Siberian is a truly magnificent creature; large, strong, agile with outstanding
and powerful muscles. The back is long and very slightly curved but appears horizontal
in motion. The hind legs of the Siberian are slightly longer than the front legs with
large and powerful rounded paws. The overall appearance is a cat of great strength and
size with an excellent physical tone. The facial expression of the Siberian is one of
circles and roundness rather than angular as in some of the other breeds. But Siberians
are so much more. They are intelligent, loyal, playful, inquisitive, affectionate,
excellent with children, a healthy breed - and last but not least - hypoallergenic. What
more could anyone want in a cat?
Although the Siberian is still relatively rare in the United States, only being here
since 1990, it is far from new to the Asian continent and Europe. The exact origin of the
Siberian cat is impossible to confirm due to lack of documentation. Exactly when and how
the Siberian made its way to Siberia (and subsequently to Moscow and St. Petersburg) is not
known, but it is theorized that the breed arrived with Russian emigrants. Cats are good
rodent hunters and were welcomed in the large cities to keep the rats under control. The
Siberian survived and developed into a hardy, semi-long haired breed able to withstand the
unforgiving conditions of the region. During this time, no one bothered to develop the
Siberian into a pedigreed cat. Russia did not allow citizens to own any kind of household
pet, pedigreed or otherwise, because of the food shortage. The Siberian did, however, firmly
establish itself as the national cat of Russia and the breed slowly spread throughout Europe.
The Siberian cat comes in all traditional colours and several different patterns. There are
also colour point Siberians (having a different colour on the legs, tail, ears and face mask). It
is one of three breeds known as forest cats. The Siberian is shorter and stockier than the similar
looking Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cat. It is slower to mature than most other cats. A
Siberian kitten may not reach full size until the age of five years.
BREED TRAITS AND PERSONALITY
The Siberian's winter coat is rich and full, while its summer coat is shorter and not as dense.
Because it has evolved to survive the harsh northern winters, it has a triple fur coat that resists
water. Happily, the fur also resists matting. Unlike other long-haired breeds, a weekly combing is
all it takes to keep the Siberian tangle free.
Siberians are an extremely affectionate breed with a playful and inquisitive nature and are
often described as having a dog-like personality. They have a special affinity for children. Usually
when there are children in a family, the Siberian prefers to spend its time with the kids. Siberians
almost always come when they are called and many of them play fetch. This breed enjoys being around
people and will become lonely without the socialization of humans or other pets.
A great majority also have a keen interest in water. Many prefer to drink directly from a slowly
running tap, like to place toys and objects into their water bowls; some even like to join their owners
in the shower!
They are very intelligent and trainable and have the ability to problem solve to get what they want.
Although they have a soft voice, Siberians are quite vocal and often "talk" by making a chirping sound.
THE SIBERIAN AND ALLERGIES
Commonly cited symptoms of cat allergy are skin irritations manifesting in rashes and hives, chronic
sore throat, congestion, blocked ears, asthmatic symptoms including tightening in the chest and
difficulty breathing, red, watery eyes, itchiness of the nose, eyes, throat and skin, sneezing,
coughing, wheezing and frequent bouts of bronchitis.
The allergen most often responsible is a protein called Fel D1 which is found in the dander and
saliva of cats. The cat applies layers of Fel D1 onto its coat during each grooming session. The
allergens dry and become airborne. These microscopic particles are then breathed in by the allergy
sufferer. A good percentage of Siberians are low in the Fel D1 allergen and that is why they
are called "hypoallergenic".
Mindeelyn Siberians is committed to producing kittens with the lowest possible
allergen level. To this end, all our adult breeders are tested and only the ones with the lowest
allergen level are used in our breeding programs.
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