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Siberian: origin, size and character

The Siberian is an extraordinary cat: with its imposing build and thick fur, it is ready to face the horrors of the far north...

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As its name suggests, the Siberian is a cat breed of Russian origin, and more precisely from Siberia. If the recent breed was recognized only recently by the institutions, it has nevertheless been present for several centuries in Russia.

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For some, this breed is probably the result of crosses between wild Ural cats and domestic cats. For others, it would be a cross between local Russian cats and Angora cats from the Middle East arrived in the luggage of long-distance travelers.

One thing is certain: since its appearance in Europe in the 80s, and particularly in France, the Siberian has conquered the hearts of feline lovers. Even making it one of the most popular French cats.


The Siberian is a cat that knows how to make everyone love it. Sweet, affectionate and intelligent, his character and his ability to integrate into any environment is appreciated by his masters. Certainly, his thick and waterproof coat allows him to enjoy the joys of a garden, but he appreciates the sweetness of life in an apartment just as much.

Sibérien : origine, taille et caractère

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Curious and sociable, he naturally meets other cats, and even dogs. Less talkative than the Siamese, the Siberian likes to communicate with the humans in his home.

If he likes to spend long moments on the sofa, the Siberian is an active cat to whom, especially if he lives in an apartment, it will be advisable to offer moments of play.


The Siberian can make you think of the Norwegian or the Maine coon, because they have in common their strong build and their thick fur.

However, the Siberian has a rounder head and eyes than the Norwegian Forest Cat and does not have the square nose and plumes on the ears of its American counterpart.

The Siberian has a powerful and muscular body. It can be medium to large in size with moderately tall, muscular legs. Note, females are much smaller and lighter than males. The male usually weighs between 7 and 8 kg, but can weigh up to 12 kg for the largest specimens. Females weigh between 4 and 6 kg.

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In terms of size, a Siberian can measure up to 35 cm at the withers. The coat of the Russian cat is medium to long, shiny and waterproof. Its hair protects it both from the rain, but also from the cold, because it is very thick with a woolly undercoat.

On the color side, the coat of the Siberian can be of all colors to be registered with the LOOF, except chocolate, lilac, cinnamon or fawn colors.


The price of a Siberian varies according to the farms and the pedigree of the line. Male and female will not cost you the same. In general, a Siberian will be sold between 800 and 1600 euros and a female between 600 and 1400 euros.

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The Siberian has robust health. Since the Siberian has long hair, you will need to help him take care of his coat by brushing him regularly. Finally, as with any animal, it is important to regularly monitor your cat's health and to follow your veterinarian's recommendations to ensure good health.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to advise you on the breed of cat that will suit you best.