Amongst the oldest cat breeds, Siberian is a natural cat and has resided for over a thousand years in the Siberian expanse of Russia. Even though it was brought from the wilderness to chief Russian cities a long time ago, the cat was only introduced in the United States in the last two decades. This recent arrival coupled with the attractive profile has meant that Siberians are still quite rare in the United States and acquiring them is a matter of some patience and expense. They are a large breed and are often likened to the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat. Males weigh between fifteen to twenty pounds and females are generally between ten to fifteen pounds in weight.
Siberians come in a variety of colors with tabby being the most common pattern. They have a triple coat with a thick fur, prominent ruff and bushy tail. This is an evolutionary adaptation to withstand the harsh Siberian winters. They are well muscled felines with a stocky physique. Hind legs are slightly longer than front legs. Paws are big and round, possibly to aid the cat in its movement on snow in its native lands. Head is triangular in shape with a rounded muzzle and a cute face.
Siberians are a very athletic breed. They are quite playful and active. They are also known to be able to leap surprising distances both horizontally and vertically. This agility is in contrast to their relatively heavy physical makeup.
Known for their good temperament, Siberian cats are often likened to dogs as regards personality. They greet their humans at door, follow them around the house and try and take part in their activities. They are also comfortable with moving about in vehicles and going for a walk on a leash. Siberians are loyal and affectionate and are also reputed to be good lap cats.