Very special thanks go to Bianca van Lith, cattery of the Siberian Cats and Siberische Katten Club, NL, who have provided these beautiful pictures.
Siberian tortie tabby with white
Vesna Sibirskaya's Kayla
Owner: Ineke Vermeulen & Marian Post, cattery Newskaja Maskeradnaja, Netherlands
Picture from Bianca van Lith
Siberian cats exist in many colors and patterns:
  • white
  • black and blue
Siberian blue
Picture from Bianca van Lith


  • chocolate and lilac (those colors are not recognized in some organizations)
  • red and cream
  • In some organizations also cinnamon and fawn are recognized.
  • All these colors can also appear as tortie, i.e. patched with red resp. cream.
Siberian tortie
Picture from Bianca van Lith


  • All these colors can also have a tabby pattern (blotched, mackerel, spotted and ticked)
Siberian red tabby
Brutus of the Siberian Cats
Breeder: Bianca van Lith, cattery of the Siberian Cats, Netherlands
Siberian brown tabby
Picture from Bianca van Lith
Siberian black spotted
Gr.Int.Ch. Zonusia
Breeder & Owner: Irina & Anna Parshina, Sladkoe Pyatnyshko cattery, Tomsk, Russia
  • All these colors can also exist with silver, for example smoke, silver tabby, etc.
Siberian smoke
Claudia Wild Taiga *CZ
Owner: Bianca van Lith, cattery of the Siberian Cats, Netherlands
Siberian red silver
KiskaSiberians Ginger Knut
Breeder: Karen Mclaughlin, KiskaSiberians cattery, Hyde Cheshire, United Kingdom


  • All these colors exist also in Golden, for example golden shaded, golden tabby, etc.
Angelur Hohotushka
Breeder: Angelina Koltsova, Angelur cattery, Russia
Siberian blue golden tabby
KiskaSiberians Flavian
Breeder: Karen Mclaughlin, KiskaSiberians cattery, Hyde Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • These colors can have patches of any amount of white, for example with white toes, with small white patches, in any bicolor pattern.
Siberian black spotted with white
World Ch. Tzvetana Sladkoe Pyatnyshko
Breeder & Owner: Irina & Anna Parshina, Sladkoe Pyatnyshko cattery, Tomsk, Russia
Siberian Cats may also have points, in many organizations they are called Neva Masquerade (will have its own breed profile).


Standard AACE
Standard ACF
Standard CCCA
Standard CFA
Standard CFF
Standard FIFe
Neva Masquerade recognized as "provisional breed"
Standard GCCF
(You must buy the booklet.)
Standard LOOF
Standard SACC
Standard TICA
Standard WCF
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Breed profile

The Siberian cat is said to be a natural breed, which are breeds having a natural origin. This cat is medium-large, very solid built and has a semi-long very dense coat.

Their head forms a modified wedge (a wedge with rounded contours), it is broader at the top and narrows slightly to the muzzle. The muzzle is broad, short and rounded, with a very slight whisker break. On top the head is almost flat. The nose is medium long and forms a gentle slope from the forehead to the tip, before the tip it forms a slight convex curve. The chin is an interesting part, because in some organizations it is permitted to recede.
The neck is quite substantial.
The ears are medium large with rounded tips, and slightly tilted forward., they are set at the side of the head.
The eyes are large and almost round, the outer angle is slightly slanted towards the base of the ears. The eyes can show any color, which is not associated with the color or the pattern of the coat.

The body is medium-large with substantial bones. It is medium in length, barrel-shaped with a strong belly, very strong and muscular. The legs are medium in length and strong with large rounded paws, which should show also toe tufts.
The tail is medium in length, broader at the base and slightly tapering to a blunt tip. Sometimes it appears to be slightly shorter than the length of the body.

The coat is very important in Siberian. It is medium long and a so called triple coat, with an extraordinary thick undercoat, it is a so called all-weather-coat and water repellant. The hairs on the shoulder blades and the lower chest are thick and somewhat shorter. There is a full ruff around the head. On the belly and the britches the hairs may be slightly wavy, but note that a wavy coat is not characteristic for this breed.

When you read the description, nothing is extraordinary, nothing is short or long in this breed, all parts are medium, which is very important for the Siberian.



The Siberian cat is a very old natural breed from Russia. Their origin is unknown, these cats have been around for ever. There is very little written documentation about that breed, but many legends and stories, that the Siberian would have been in ancient Russian monasteries, known at least from the 13th century, where they patrolled for visitors.

One has to ask the question, if the cats described in Helen M. Winslow's book "Concerning Cats", 1900, as Russian long-haired were Siberian cats:
"The Russian long-haired pet is much less common even than the Persian and Angora. It is fond of cold weather, and its fur is denser, indicating that it has been used to colder regions. ", CHAPTER XIII, CONCERNING VARIETIES OF CATS.

The Siberian appeared first in March 1987 in a show in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), organized by the cat clubs Kotofey and Kis. In 1987 and 1988 the first standard was written by Olga Mironova and Olga Frolova.

On May  8-9 in 1989 another exhibition in Moscow was organized, where 13 Siberian were exhibited in the novice class and where also Mars was shown as novice.
On September 23-24 in 1989 a show was held in Riga, where Roman was exhibited in the section "Officially not recognized breeds" - including Siberian and Neva Masquerade - with No. 146 in the novice class.
On September 18 in 1989 a group of breeders from Leningrad and Moscow applied at SFF for registration of the Siberian.
On August 6 in 1990 the Soviet Felinology Federation SFF confirmed an official standard and registered under Certificate No 1 the breed Siberian and under Certificate No. 2 the Nevskaya maskaradnaya.
In 1991 the FAR (Felinological Association of Russia) organized a show, where 30 Siberian competed for the title Champion.

Roman, brown tabby Mars, blue tabbypoint-white
Roman, brown tabby-white, born 1987
owned by A. Ivanova (Kotofey), was one of the cats after which the standard was written.
Mars, blue tabbypoint-white, born 1988, owned by Maya Kalinina (Kotofey), shown in May 1989 in Moscow, a show organized by SFF, is the foundation male of the Siberian Colorpoint.

On January 5-6 in 1991 Kotofey organized an exhibition, where 119 Siberian were entered, with 29 Colourpoint Siberian. In the novice class 50 Siberian, with 13 Colourpoint Siberian, were shown.

On June 28, 1990 the first Siberian kittens arrived in USA to Elizabeth Terrell (cattery Starpoint): Kaliostro Vasenjkovich of Starpoint, Ofelia Romanova of Starpoint and Naina Romanova of Starpoint.

In 1992 the breed was first officially recognized by the WCF, to which the federations Kotofey and Kis belong, in the recognition show in Prague, CZ. All colors, also the Colorpoint was accepted.
In May 1994 the first colorpoint Siberian, Dimka Laskoviy Zver (blue tabbyppoint, owned by Tatyana Pavlova) became the 1st World Champion of Siberian cats.

On July 24, 1990 the Siberian were accepted for registration by ACFA, which granted on February 23, 1992 provisional status and finally accepted the Siberian on February 20, 1999 for championship.

On November 12, 1993 the Siberian was accepted by AACE immediately for championship, where on October 30, 1994 the first Siberian got the GC-title: GC Troika Zahar Ahlmazovich (owned by Audrey Oliver?). AACE accepted the colorpoint Siberian for championship on January 5, 1996.

On May 1, 1994 the Siberian was accepted by CFF in the provisional status, where it was accepted on May 6, 1995 for championship. The colorpoint Siberian advanced to championship in CFF in January 5, 2002.

On July 5, 1995 the Siberian was accepted by ACA for championship.

On June 3, 1992 the Siberian standard was accepted by TICA, where it was finally accepted on August 31, 1996 for championship. On January 5, 1997 the colorpoint Siberian was accepted by TICA as NBC, where it advanced to championship on January 5, 2002.

In May 1997 the Siberian was accepted by FIFe, general assembly in Finland, but without the colourpoint Siberian.
It took until January 1, 2009 that the Neva Masquerade was recognized by FIFe as "provisional breed" - the breed can only receive the titles Champion and Int.Ch. and is not permitted to participate in the Best in Show.

On May 1, 2000 the Siberian was accepted by CFA as miscellaneous breed, where they had been already presented on June 24, 1993 by Linda Gray, but had not been accepted in 1993. In February 4/5, 2006 the Siberian advanced to championship in CFA.

In 2002 the first Siberian cats entered the UK, where it was recognized on September 8, 2004 by GCCF for championship.



The Siberian cat has a dog-like character and a very lovely disposition. They are not shy, very friendly and come out to greet every visitor. The cats are very intelligent and learn quite fast. Their voice has a chirping sound, they are not very noisy. They seem to be fascinated by water and like to play with the water drops. They are real lap cats.



Siberian cats have an all-weather-coat, which is adapted very well to rainy weather or winter times. Their coat has no tendency to mat or getting knots. In general they are easy to groom, combing their coat regularly will enhance quality of their fur.

Breeding and Health

Since April 2008 a HCM research project is running, conducted by Dr. Kathryn Meurs, Washington State University, Veterinary Cardiac Lab.
HCM ... hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Please donate and participate in this research project!



Winn Foundation, Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Washington State University, Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Lab, Pullman, WA

Concerning Cats, Helen M. Winslow, 1900, available as download at Project Gutenberg


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