History of the Siberian Forest Cat
The Russian Siberian cat was first mentioned in a book by Harrison Wier, which included information of the earliest cat shows in-England in 1871,The Russian Siberian cat, a true friend, a gentle giant, who is strong, athletic, yet Soft and loving, with his love of human companionship.
From Russia with love: that’s the Siberian, a glamorous native cat from the Taiga of Siberia, a forested area with a subarctic climate that no doubt contributed to this cat’s long, thick, protective coat.
Siberian cats are a Russian national treasure. They have been documented in Russia for hundreds of years and are mentioned in Russian fairy tales and children’s books. Russian families relay fond tales of their Siberians and their amazing loyalty and personalities, but these cats also have played a practical role on farms as rodent control where their large size meant they could take on any known rodent. When the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States ended, the doors opened for the Siberian cat to be exported worldwide. The first Siberians arrived in England in 2002.
This is a cat designed by nature to survive, with no extremes in type. The Siberian can take up to five years to mature, with females generally being smaller than the males. Despite their size they are very gentle.
Siberian cats are very personable and want to be near their owners. They enjoy the company of children, dogs, and other animals. They are fearless and easy going. Not much disturbs their natural calm and equanimity. They seem to know when they are needed for psychological and moral support and spend time with the person who needs that support. They are a quiet breed that expresses itself in a melodic way through sweet mews, trills, chirps, and lots of purring. All types of toys intrigue them. Some learn to play fetch, while others are intrigued by the moving cursor on the computer screen or sit and watch, entranced, as you type. Acrobatic by nature, the Siberian will play hard, often executing amazing somersaults in pursuit of a feather toy. An over enthusiastic kitten may need to be rescued while attempting to climb the bricks on the fireplace or jump to the top of a bookshelf. Siberians stay playful throughout their lives.
They quickly became the National Cat of Russia.
Starting off as a rugged affectionate basic house cat that has a strong tendency to protect its territory. The breed as far as we can find out was started from Cats mainly from Leningrad and Moscow. Where the local population looks most like the 'Standard' of a Siberian.
Breeding started properly in the late 1960's
the first registration was by the Kotofei Cat Club of St. Petersburg in 1987.(They became allied to the ACFA in 1990 in their 3rd year)
There are lots of stories and myths about their origin.
It is said to be hypo allergenic and produces less Fel d1 than other cat breeds, This helps those that are allergic to this type of allergy to cats.
Its is now recognized by CFA TICA (FIFE (also recognise the Sierra Nevada as a separate subsection)) and (GCCF (although they do not yet have championship status with the latter at this moment in time))
Their history of importation is something like this,
Now they are in nearly every country.