Understanding Your Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue


People often forget that cats, just like dogs, can have their personality shaped by breed, or can have breeds with interesting histories. People also think that they can’t open their home and heart to a cat if they’re allergic to cats. Russian blues disprove these myths: they are a hypoallergenic and unique breed with a celebrated history. Both inside and outside Russia, many swear by the Russian Blue as their feline companion of choice.


The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, says that the history of the Russian Blue is somewhat murky. However, the legends they report are fascinating. The breed was first exhibited outside of Russia in 1875 in London, where it was called the “Archangel Cat,” due to its believed origin in the port city of Arkhangelsk. If it did come from Arkhangelsk, it most likely came to England on ships in the 1860's.

Features and Hypoallergenic Qualities

Russian Blue Laying Down


The Russian Blue is famed and named for its plush and silky blueish gray coat, which doesn’t constantly shed unlike many other pets, as well as their green eyes. This coat makes the Russian Blue one of the first cats brought up when someone mentions they are allergic to cats but they or a family member would still like a feline companion. According to PetMD, hypoallergenic breeds (including the Russian Blue) aren’t technically non-allergenic- the lessened amount of dander and other allergens they produce isn’t enough to activate allergies to a noticeable level in most people. In any case, if you suffer from cat allergies and are interested in getting a Russian Blue, you should check to make sure the cat won’t aggravate your allergies.

Russian Blue Imposters

Russian Blue Cat


Another reason to make sure the particular cat wouldn’t aggravate your allergies is that many cats are often mistaken or passed off for Russian Blues. The “Is My Cat a Russian Blue?” guide at RussianBlue.info provides some of the most common ways to identify if your blue-gray cat really is a Russian Blue. Here are some of the most common:

  • Their paw pads are mauve as opposed to most other domestic cat breeds, which have grey paw pads.
  • Their green eyes.
  • Having a thick double coat, consisting of both the shorter plush coat Russian Blues are known for as well as a longer coat of “guard hairs.”
  • Solid blue coat (with no other markings) with a unique sheen from the tips of the guard hairs being silver. Other domestic blue cats won’t have this.

If you want to know for sure whether Mr. Snuggles is really a Russian blue, then you can consult the Cat Fanciers’ Association Breed Standard, and see how he scores. He could be immediately disqualified by a kinked tail, white “locket” mark on the neck, the wrong number of toes, or a non-blue or long coat. If he’s still standing you can see how many many points he gets on the breed standard.


The Cat Fanciers’ Association also provides some information about the genuine Russian Blue’s personality. According to them, Blues are playful and intelligent cats. They can even fetch toys for their owners. They may be bombastic, but typically aren’t terrors, as they are relatively quiet.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever had a Russian Blue (or thought you did until now) and what their personality was really like. Are you are allergic to cats and thinking about getting or have a Russian Blue?


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4 Responses

Doris Palmer | thetvbuzz.com
Doris Palmer | thetvbuzz.com

August 21, 2019

My russian blue Lumen is very intelligent. She is trained to sit and eat on command. Athletic, very petite, and kind of a bully to other cats and dogs -deadly to anything smaller! The traits mentioned sound accurate to me. The biggest missing one is all the people who tell you that your cat is pretty.

Bonny McQuaid
Bonny McQuaid

August 21, 2019

I have a gray cat that has every characteristic of a Russian Blue, the mauve paw pads, the double coat, the green eyes, as well as the personality. The only difference is that she has dilute tortie markings which is not a breed but a color mutation. Her undercoat is white like an RB with the gray exactly as described but she has the cream colored markings, mostly on her belly and chest but also swirled thru her body. What do you think? I have heard dilute tortie and also the regular tortie markings can show up on any breed of cat.


July 18, 2019

Nice site. I was lucky enough to find an RB at a shelter. The poor little mother kitty had not been spayed while she and was very young. Dadwas quiet older and came into the home sooner than planned. In the 4 days between dad’s arrival and their scheduled “fix” date my kitty was created. How lucky for me! She was one of only 2 that survived because of mom’s age. My Graycee Blue is the best cat I’ve ever had. It was love at first sight and I chose hehee knowing nothing about the breed. Sweet, smart, obedient, funny…everything you want in a companion! Just turned 1 and has turned into a beautiful cat to boot.


June 18, 2019

Super informative links. I have cat allergies and a love for cats. Been a dilemma for 50 years. Looking to change that. Thank you.

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