Siberian cats, beautiful and respectable, with a magnificent thick coat, have long won national love, having managed to demonstrate their best qualities in communicating with people. Behind their outward calmness lies confidence and strength, while they are delicate, sensitive and balanced. These cats combine power and grace, tenderness and independence, playfulness and self-esteem.
The appearance of a Siberian cat
Fluffy Siberian handsome man
Siberian cats have a truly lordly appearance. Large enough on their own, they look even more impressive thanks to their luxurious coat. A powerful body with strong muscular legs surprisingly harmonizes with the sweetest graceful muzzle, under which an impressive "jabot" flaunts.
The Siberian cat is folded proportionally, its massive dense body is of medium length, slightly elongated. The back is powerful, the neck is short, the chest is voluminous.
The shape resembles a wide trapezoid, the muzzle is characterized by a smooth outline. The transition from the forehead to the nose is not abrupt. The chin is well pronounced, the cheekbones are developed, low-set, the cheeks are full.
The ears of the Siberian cat are medium-sized, wide at the base, slightly rounded at the tips. A slight forward tilt is noticeable. The auricle is covered with fur.
Expressive, medium-sized, oval-shaped, widely spaced and slightly oblique. The eyes are painted evenly, their color can be green or yellow of all shades.
Muscular, fat, medium length. The paws are large, rounded, between the fingers there are bristly tufts of hair.
A gang of Siberian cats
The tail of the Siberian cat is of medium length, wide at the base, gradually narrowing to a rounded tip. Pubescent evenly, reminiscent of the tail of a raccoon.
The Siberian cat has a very dense, soft undercoat with a fine texture. It is covered with coarser integumentary hair, also quite dense, stiff to the touch. The integumentary hair evenly covers the back and smoothly falls to the sides and base of the animal's tail. The coat is shiny, water-repellent. Summer is much shorter than winter. In the warm summer season, the Siberian can look like a short-haired cat, only the tail remains fluffy. In winter, the coat looks very rich, the cat has a luxurious collar, the hind legs are decorated with fluffy "pants", the tail becomes even more pubescent.
The colors of the Siberian cat are solid and patterned. Among the main solid (monochromatic) colors of the Siberian are black (only black pigment is represented in the wool) and red (only yellow pigment is present in the wool). Each of these two intense colors corresponds to a clarified analogue: black - blue, red - cream. In all cats with a monochrome color, without exception, all hairs are dyed evenly from root to tip. Among the intense colors, those that look the most juicy and bright are most appreciated. For clarified analogues of monochromatic colors, on the contrary, light, delicate shades are preferred.
There is also a tortoiseshell color - the imposition of a monochromatic black color on a monochromatic red and, accordingly, blue on cream. In this case, spots of black and red or blue and cream colors are evenly distributed throughout the coat. Usually this color is the dignity of females, but sometimes male "turtles" are born, however, as a rule, they are not able to give offspring.
One of the most common colors among Siberian cats is tabby (wild color). In this case, dark and light areas alternate on each hair, forming certain patterns on the animal's coat. In the Siberian breed, three main varieties of this color are recognized: marble (classic), brindle, spotted. Each of them has its own color intensity.
Neva Masquerade is a Siberian cat of color-point color, allocated to a separate breed
The standard also recognizes the smoky (or smoky) and silver colors of Siberian cats. In this case, the wool is not completely colored: at the roots they do not have pigmentation, remaining pure white, then, as they approach the tip, they can be painted in black, blue, red, cream, tortoiseshell, creamy blue.
Siberian cats of golden color are very good, whose fur is in perfect harmony with their green eyes. In these cats, part of each hair is dyed apricot color.
Rare, but very beautiful is the white color. The so-called colors with white are also recognized, which are divided into 4 main types:
spotted color - either individual hairs on the neck, chest or abdomen are painted white, or one or more small snow-white spots are present on the coat;
bicolor - from 1/3 to 2/3 of the animal's coat is painted white, ideally there should be a triangle on the muzzle from the bridge of the nose down, breast, abdomen, inner limbs;
harlequin - white color extends to 2/3-5/6 of the coat, the tail, small spots on the head, shoulders, back, hips remain colored;
Van - the cat is almost all white, with the exception of the tail and two spots on the head behind the ears.