imply their name tells us that these short, thick-haired cats come from Russia.

It's even said that not only is their fur blue but so is their blood since they were first bread in the Russian house. Western Europe received the cats a gift from the Russian house. So now the question that remains is: where did the cats end up? Some believe they went to England. From there they spread under the name Maltese or even Cartesian. Many tales, legends, and even real historical sources point to a royal origin of these cats. These cats belonged to Russian tsars and lived with them up until 1918 (before The Russian Revolution). Another set of people believe that these cats were from the southern part of Russia near the White Sea. Silver-blue and strong they attracted English sailors who often brought them home. Since 1875 there have stories of the cats appearing at show under the name "The Archangel Cat". Near the end of the 19th century there was no defined look to the Russian Blue cat since the Russians did not breed them to any standard. The biggest difference between the modern day Russian Blue and its ancestor is that the quality of the fur today is much higher. In 1918, during the Russian Revolution, the cat lost its popularity because it was loved by the tsars and Russian royalty (commoners at that time hated everything royal) and until the Second World War it considered a lost breed.

It wasn't until after the war that they resurfaced. Until 1960 the Russian blue was being bread with oriental breeds of cats. The Russian blue was losing its physical characteristics. However, at that time a few English breeders managed to separate the Russian Blue from the oriental breeds. In 1966, thanks to American and Scandinavian breeders a standard of quality was created that has been followed to this day.


  • HEAD: Short wedge. Long and flat skull. In profile forehead and nose form a convex angle at the same level as the eye brows. Straight forehead. Straight nose. Prominent whisker pads. Strong chin.
  • EARS: Large and rather pointed, wide at the base. The skin of the ears is fine and transparent, the inside hardly covered with hair. They are set vertically to the head.
  • EYES: Large and almond in shape; set wide apart. Vivid green.
  • NECK: Long and straight.
  • BODY: Long body, medium bone structure, but graceful in outline and carriage.
  • LEGS: Fine and high. Paws small and oval.
  • TAIL: Fairly long and tapering to a point.
  • COAT: Short and dense and very fine; standing up like plush; soft and silky. Double coat. The texture and appearance of the coat is very different from those of any other breed. Blue-grey coat, even and clear, with a distinct silver sheen. Medium blue-grey with a silver sheen preferred.
  • NOSE LEATHER: Blue-grey.
  • PAW PADS: Dark lavender.
  • FAULTS: Square head, round head, round eyes, yellowish tone in the eye color, body cobby or thick set, siames type, tail too broad at the base, flat lying coat, tabby markings, bars or shading "ghostmarkings", whitespots