Siberian | Cat Breed Guide

Siberian | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Siberian is an affectionate, easygoing, athletic cat that has been described as “dog like” because of his attachment to people. He is great with children and with other pets.

Weight: 10-20 pounds

Life expectancy: 10-18 years

Temperament: sweet, affectionate, athletic

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History and Personality

The Siberian cat, also known as the Siberian Forest cat, is thought to have originated centuries ago in Russia. The Siberian didn’t make it to the United States until 1990, after the fall of communism.

The Siberian is a friendly, calm and easygoing cat who loves to play and may even be taught to fetch. He is a social butterfly, and enjoys children, dogs and other animals. Since his hind legs are slightly longer than his front legs, he’s a great climber and jumper and may get into some mischief. He is quiet but may charm his people with a trill or chirp.

The stocky, round Siberian has a beautiful thick coat with fluffy bloomers and a bushy tail. The coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The eyes also vary in color, from green to gold to blue. Some Siberians have two different colored eyes.

Many people believe the Siberian is “hypoallergenic.” While they have less of the protein that causes an allergic reaction, there is no scientific proof that they are hypoallergenic.

Siberians tend to be fascinated by water so you may find your cat playing in the bathroom sink. He may even jump into the shower.


The Siberian’s coat reflects the environment he came from. The thick triple-coat is water resistant. Because the coat is glossy, twice weekly brushing is sufficient, but additional brushing is needed during periods of shedding, which occur twice a year.

Health Concerns

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The sturdy Siberian is generally very healthy but can be prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle. Pet health insurance is a great way to make sure your cat gets the best care for illnesses, accidents and emergencies.