Russian Blues originated in Arkhangelsk, Russia, in 1875. After World War II, breeders crossbred them with Siamese and British Shorthairs. However, they were bred back to their original breed and now have three sub-breeds: Siberian/Scandinavian, American, and British Blues.
Interesting Facts about Russian Blue Kittens
1. Russian Blue kittens' eyes start yellow and develop a green ring at four months, eventually becoming vivid green. 2. They are also known as Foreign Blues, Maltese Cats, and Archangel Blues. 3. They come in various bluish-gray colors, despite the name. 4. According to folklore, Russian Blues were used to ward off evil spirits. 5. Russian Blues are considered a royal breed. 6. They love routine and can be trained to wait for food but make excellent alarm clocks. 7. Tom from 'Tom and Jerry' was inspired by a Russian Blue with gray fur and green eyes.
Now, you know some interesting facts about Russian Blues along with where they originated. So let us then figure out whether a Russian Blue kitten is a perfect fit for you. How much time will you have to set aside for your kitten? Is your home environment the best for a Russian Blue kitten?
Russian Blue kittens are not known for being aggressive and are generally mild-mannered and docile.
Russian Blue kittens are highly intelligent, receptive to commands, and mild-mannered, making them easy to train. They are sociable and friendly but may shy away from strangers, and with practice, they can learn advanced tricks.
Home training can teach everyday manners, like litter box use and waiting for food. Reward-based methods, like clicker and target training, can reinforce good behavior. Consider professional training for more advanced skills, but be prepared for higher costs.
When looking for a Russian Blue breeder, research online reviews and check the Fanciers Breeder Referral List or Russian Blue Breeders’ Association. Adoption is also an option, but be aware that purebred Russian Blues can cost around $600-$800.
Owning a Russian Blue kitten comes with expenses such as vaccinations, food, litter boxes, toys, and health checkups. A rough monthly cost estimation for owning a Russian Blue cat is around $25 - $40, excluding replacement items. Home-cooked meals can reduce the cost. Consult a vet for better insight.
With all of this information, it will now be easier for you to decide whether you should add a cute little Russian Blue kitten to your home. However, if you already have one at home, then I hope the above information has helped you to understand just how special your cuddly little friend is. Finally, most Russian Blues have a life expectancy of 10-20 years but some have actually lived up to 25 years. Hence, with the proper measures taken, your Russian Blue kittens is here to stay with you for at least a whole decade!