Siberians are one of the most ancient breeds of cats and began as the Russian Forest Cat. They originated in Russia and the Ukraine. They run wild today in the Taiga Forest in Siberia. The Siberian is thought by some to be the original ancestor of all our long haired breeds. The first Siberian arrived in the United States in 1990, with the first litter being born in October of that year.


Siberians are very agile and great leapers. They are very playful, active and loyal and are often said to have dog like personalities. They make loving companions, are intelligent, observant and curious. They are generally quiet and if they do speak, do so with purrs, chirps and squeaks. They get along well with other cats, dogs and with children.

Siberians are the second largest Forest Cat to the Maine Coon. Their build should be stocky and very muscular. Their head, body and eyes should all be circular. The Siberians go through a “teen stage” at approximately 6 months where they tend to look lanky and long and seem to lose their coat, but by 2 years this stage will have ended and they will have developed their full coat. It takes a Siberian five years to fully mature.

The Siberian is a moderately long to longhaired cat which comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns. They are triple coated to help cope with the cold and they do shed seasonally. Siberians require minimal grooming or matting can occur in some coat textures. A thorough combing (not brushing) with a good steel comb once a week should do it. Be sure to comb down to the hair roots. In spring, Siberians shed their dense winter undercoat to make way for their summer coat. In fall they shed their lighter, summer coat to prepare for their heavier winter coat. During these seasons additional grooming may be needed.


Siberians are said to have low levels of the allergy-triggering FEL D-1 protein usually found in feline saliva and skin secretions. This is thought to be the reason why many people with cat allergies can tolerate them. There is no scientific proof of this, and we are told by doctors and scientists that there is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic cat. With that being said, the fact remains that most people with cat allergies are able to tolerate the Siberian. But that is not the case for everyone. If you do have cat allergies, you must test with a Siberian breeder before purchasing a kitten.