Russian Cat Breeds

5 Best Russian Cat Breeds In 2022

A major portion of the pet owners population prefer dogs over cats , when it comes to adopting a pet. The reason being, that ‘dogs are a man’s best friend.’ You can own a silver sable German shepherd, along with a Russian feline.

Cat foods, beside your high calorie dog food, will make quite the debut on your shelf.

Although, a little bit moody, but don’t everyone deserve a chance? This article here can help you decide on the above question. By the time you reach the end of this article, you will be convinced of my former imposition.

The 5 Most Popular Russian ‘Meow’ Breeds

When talking about the Russian cat breeds, it is important to know that, these cats vary in both, temperament and appearance. Their ancestry stands quite distinct from one another because of them not being developed in the same region of Russia. This cat breed consists of both popular as well as rare felines.

But, before you get all excited to adopt a rare one, or maybe a Zorilla. Make sure to get accustomed to a popular one, first. This will help you understand whether the breed suits you and your lifestyle.

Here’s presenting the 5 best Russian cat breeds.

1. The Donskoy

This 11-12 inches tall Russian cat named, Donskoy originated somewhere around the late 1980s, in Russia. This cat breed is a cross between a local tomcat and another cat in possession of a dominant hairless gene.

Other physical characteristics of this breed include: it has got very little to almost no fur, along with a wrinkled skin covering the well-built muscular body. Donskoys weigh somewhere around 6-12 pounds on an average.

When talking about nature and temperament, Donskoys can be extremely smart, sociable, and quite affectionate. Because of their sociable nature, they prefer to be around people for the most part of their day.

However, it is important to note that as an owner of a Donskoy, you will have to make sure that they have extra protection. Both during winters and summers because of their wrinkled skin.

2. The Mekong Bobtail

The Mekong bobtail, previously referred to as The Thai bobtail, got its name from a popular river flowing through the Southeast of, Asia. This 7-9 inches tall cat breed does not originally hail from Russia. It was first developed in the Asian countries that were situated on the banks of that river. 

Only after the import, was it considered as, one of the Russian breeds. These cats usually weigh somewhere around 8-10 pounds, with the body of an athlete. They resemble the Siamese, with respect to the bobtail. 

These short but smooth coat cats are usually, inquisitive, friendly, sociable, and playful, in nature- offering different color options.

3. The Kurilian Bobtail

The Kurilian bobtail is known to occur naturally. These cat breeds are known to have existed for over 200 years on the island of Sakhalin & The Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia. Also, found in The Kuril Archipelago, joining Russia and Japan.

They are 9-12 inches tall weighing somewhere around 11-15 pounds. Other physical features include, a silky-soft, short,  semi-long coat with a distinctive bobtail. They are available in red and gray colors, along with stripes.

These wild-looking cats can be surprisingly affectionate and mildly tempered. However, their feral heritage, does offer them high energy levels, and prey drive.

4. The Neva Masquerade  

The 8-12 inches tall, Neva Masquerade is a Russian cat breed, that happens to be a longhaired versioned, Siberian cat. These felines weigh somewhere around 8-18 pounds, solely because of their Siberian origin.

Other physical characteristics include, they come in different colors with a light body and colored tail, ears, muzzle, and paws. These long-haired cat breeds are both friendly and playful, and can be quite vocal. 

Their coats need constant grooming to keep them mat free and tidy.

5. The Ussuri

This 9-11 inches tall cat breed, Ussuri falls under the category of the rare breed with uncertain origin. It is, however, fair to assume that, Usuri is the product of some wild forest cat and a domestic cat. This wild-looking hybrid is assumed to reside in The Amur River region, in Russia. 

These 11-15 pound athlete cats are known to possess a strong prey drive. This short hair, spotted, and stripped-coated cat is not quite amiable. But they can form a special bond with a single person in the family.

A ‘Meow’ Goodbye!

However, let me clear out something first. Deciding on what pet to adopt is an extremely personal decision. And with this article, I certainly do not mean to impose or intervene, in that decision.

This article is nothing but a mere suggestion, the purpose of which is to help you decide on whether to adopt a Russian cat or not. In case you have got different views on the same or some extra points to add, our comments section is at your service.

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