The Russian Blue is a naturally occurring breed which will have originated within the port of Arkhangelsk, Russia.They’re additionally generally referred to as Archangel Blues.It’s believed that sailors took Russian Blues from the Archangel Isles to Nice Britain and Northern Europe within the 1860s.The primary recorded look exterior of Russia was in 1875 on the Crystal Palace in England, because the Archangel Cat. The Russian Blue competed in a category together with all different blue cats till 1912, when it was given its personal class.
The breed was developed primarily in England and Scandinavia till after World Struggle II. Proper after the conflict, a scarcity of numbers of Russian Blues led to cross breeding with the Siamese. Though Russian Blues had been in America earlier than the conflict, it was not till the post-war interval that American breeders created the trendy Russian Blue that’s seen within the US as we speak. This was achieved by combining the bloodlines of each the Scandinavian and British Russian Blues. The Siamese traits have now largely been bred out. The quick hair and slate-gray/blue coloration is commonly seen in mixed-breed cats, which may have an effect on breeders and showers attributable to mislabeling a cat as a Russian Blue.
Russian Blues are plush short-haired, shimmering pale blue-gray cats with emerald inexperienced eyes. Guard hairs are distinctly silver-tipped giving the cat a silvery sheen or lustrous look. They’ve been used on a restricted foundation to create different breeds (such because the Havana Brown) or alter present breeds (such because the Nebelung). Presently they’re being utilized in Italy as a solution to make Oriental Shorthairs more healthy and extra strong referred to as RUS4OSH in FIFe.
Russian Whites and Russian Blacks had been created from crosses with home white cats which had been allegedly imported from Russia. The primary line was developed by Frances McLeod (Arctic) within the UK in the course of the 1960s and the second line produced by Dick and Mavis Jones (Myemgay) in Australia within the 1970s. By the late 1970s, the Russian White and Russian Black colours had been accepted by cat fanciers in Australia in addition to in South Africa and now additionally in the UK as Russian cats (in numerous courses). Nonetheless, the Cat Fanciers’ Affiliation and FIFe doesn’t acknowledge any variation of the Russian Blue.