Everything You Need to Know About Russian Blue Cats

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Russian Blues are sometimes called Archangel Blues.

These stunning cats are most well known for their thick grey coats that look almost blue. They are friendly cats and bond strongly with their people. Though sometimes they can be wary and shy around strangers, they are generally sociable cats.

Thought to originate from the Archangel Islands of northern Russia, it is believed that the cat descended from the pets of Russian Czars. Sometimes called Archangel Blues, the first recorded appearance of the cat outside of Russia was in 1875 at the Crystal Palace in England.

The Russian Blue has a thick, double-layered plush coat that looks silver, and the breed standard is to have green eyes. Russian Blue owners will note that they are able to draw designs into the cat’s fur and have them stay until they are brushed flat. These cats are super intelligent and are known to learn tricks and play fetch. Though they are friendly, they can be reserved with people they aren’t used to.

Russian Blues can live to be 20 years old and don’t do too well with change. They are creatures of habit and do best with knowing certain schedules, like meal times.

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Russian Blues have small heads with a normal-length snout (not smushed like a Persian's). The breed standard for Russian Blues is to have green, emerald eyes. The eyes are alert and responsive.

The ears stand straight up due to breeding with the Siamese breed after WWII.


The most distinguishing factor of the Russian Blue is its dense grey coat. Looking almost blue, the coat is double-layered and designs can be made into the top layer that stay until brushed flat. The coat can range from light grey to dark and individual hairs look silver. The coat is velvety soft.

They actually don't shed as much other cats due to the coat's density.


Russian Blue cats are friendly and bond well with their owners. They can be reserved or shy around strangers but it depends on how the cat was raised. They are intelligent cats and can be easily trained, and have been known to even play fetch.


The average lifespan of the Russian Blue is between 10-20 years and they don't have any known genetic health problems. That being said, regular vaccinations and vet visits are important.

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Everything You Need to Know About Russian Blue Cats