WHAT IS A SIBERIAN?
Siberian is the term often used for the Siberian Forest Cat. The Siberian is a landrace variety of domestic cat, more recently developed as a formal breed. It is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. While the Siberian began as a landrace, it is now selectively bred and pedigreed by a number of major cat fancier organizations. The first breed standards were written in the 1980s. These cats 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. 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 the United States in June 1990.
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 easygoing. 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.
GOOD NEWS FOR MANY WITH CAT ALLERGIES!
It is believed that the Siberian is relatively hypoallergenic. In fact, many allergy sufferers have a sensitivity to FelD1, and some Siberians have a lower than average occurrence of FelD1 in their saliva. When a cat licks its fur, the saliva dries and flakes to create the dander to which people are allergic. This can vary from cat to cat and person to person. If you are allergic to cats and want to test your allergic response to Siberians, it is best to test with the Siberian you are thinking of getting. Spend time with it and find out how you react. There are no guarantees, but there is hope for allergy sufferers.
I have had a number of families meet Lara and Yuri and have no reaction to them or their kittens. I always suggest a meeting in an allergy free environment to ensure that exposure to my Siberians will not trigger an allergic reaction. So far, I have quite a few families that thought they could never have a kitten. For more information, please contact me.