The Russian Street Cat
The Siberian cat is a naturally occurring breed. In Russia and in the countries of the ex-USSR it is still possible to take kittens from the street and if they comply to the standard, get them certified as Siberian cats. Such cats are called foundation cats and make it possible for the Siberians to not become too much inbred and thus stay healthy.
Breeding of Siberians is carried out in order to pass on certain traits that are regarded as desirable. Sometimes these desirable traits, bring the cats very far away from the original look of the Siberians.
We decided to see how the "aboriginal" Siberians look like in order to understand what traits, colours, patterns the Natural Siberian Cat has. Therefore, we have collected pictures of the "poor" wild relative of the Siberian cat, the Russian Street cat.
The aim behind this article was to assess the most common traits of Russian (and ex-USSR) street cats. This includes head shape, fur colour, the presence of the colour point gene and of the "metal" fur colours. Firstly, we will share links of pictures of the cats, divided by colour, and at the end of the article, draw some conclusions.
I would like to thank Dorothea Budde of the Siberian cattery vom Hohen Timp (Germany) for sharing her conclusions and the links she has found on the topic. A special thanks to all the people who have taken those amazing pictures of the Russian Street Cats.
If somebody has more pictures to share, please contact us and we will be happy to include them on this page.
Black and white
Black tabby with white
Barnaul, really beautiful cats! Pictures can be found here.
Red with white
- The majority of the Russian street cats are black tabbies, with or without white.
- Torties, red and black and white cats are also relatively common.
- Blue and cream cats are found, as blue and cream torties, this is considering that these colours are recessive!
- It is striking that only one silver and no gold cats were found during the search.
- Colour point cats are found naturally on the Russian streets and in villages.
- Most cats, although long haired, do not look "fluffy" like cotton candy. Their fur does not hinder their movements.
- The Russian street cat has a narrower, less pronounced muzzle than many bred Siberians.
In our opinion, it is important to breed certain traits in the Siberian cats (as the personality, health, bone structure), while still leaving the beauty and natural charm of their ancestors. If we continue to turn our cats into fluffy cotton candy balls, we will change them and obtain not a gracious hunter, but a fluffy pillow topping. We do not wish the Siberians to change and degrade as did many breed dogs in the last century (see here).