Siberians are truly loving, fun and playful creatures. You will find that they will greet you at the door after a long day, sit in your lap as you watch a movie, and even play in the water after a shower. Siberians are said to be dog-like. They love being close to their owners, adults and children alike. They are extremely intelligent and playful. They would find a way to swing from the chandelier, if you had one. Due to their extreme playfulness it is always good to have toys and cat trees on hand to keep them interested and happy.
The majestic Siberians are medium-sized, muscular and have big round paws with tufts of fur and a thickly furred tail.While you think due to size that they may not be graceful they will surprise you. Their back haunches are longer than their front legs and this is the reason that they can leap from place to place with ease. It takes about 5 years for a Siberian to reach maturity.
Coat: Semi-longhaired: In the winter, thick, rich, full, triple coat In the summer, they shed the heavy winter coat for a shorter, less dense coat.
Weight: 8-20+ lbs males typically weigh more. Siberians are known as one of the largest domestic cat breeds.
Colour: They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including colour point, with deep intense colors and rich patterns that make them a dramatic stand out from the everyday cat. Their eye colour veries from gold, brown and blue in the colour point.
Siberians are native to Siberia and are the national cat of Russia. They are thought to be ancestral to all modern long hair breeds.
Siberians are said to be hypoallergenic cats. Now it is a misconception that those that suffer from cat allergies are allergic to the cat fur. The truth is that what causes the allergy is a glyco-protein enzyme called FEL d1 in their saliva. Siberians typically have less of this protein in their saliva than a normal cat. Many allergy sufferers find that they are able to live with and get to experience the love of a Siberian.
Below, Dr.Oz talks about Siberians and their hypo-allergenic qualities. Watch the short video clip by clicking on the link below :
There is no such thing as a completely allergy free cat, Siberians often cause less or no reaction but there is no guarantee.