The Siberian cat originated from the Russian forests and first appeared in history more than a thousand years ago. It lived for approximately 200 years in nature, in the severe freezing temperatures of Siberia and was witness to natural development, without human intervention. The Siberian Cat is considered one of the most imposing cats due to its large, dense bone structure.
As a result of the extreme cold, these cats developed survival features such as slightly thicker skin, a water-repellent coat with denser, longer fur and an undercoat that does not get tangled. The first official breed pedigree was established in Russia by Kotefei in 1987. The breed finally arrived in the States in the beginning of the 1900s, imported by the Starpoint cattery, and in Europe the same year by the Newjskij cattery in Germany.
The Siberian cat is recognized by several associations including, among others, TICA (The International Cat Association – 1998), The CCA (Canadian Cat Association), the FIFE (Fédération Internationale Féline d’Europe – 1997) the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association – 2000), the WCF (World Cat Federation) and the ACFA (American Cat Fanciers’ Association). Despite its popularity and its amazing characteristics, the Siberian Cat is still little known in North America, especially in Canada.