nearby you, but
don’t get a Siberian
if you want a lap cat.
Things you should know
The Siberian is among the larger cat
breeds with a weight range of 9 to
18 pounds (males are larger). It can
take five years for them to reach full
physical maturity. Given good care
and nutrition, a Siberian can live 11
to 15 years or more.
The Siberian’s triple coat is
water-repellent. The cats shed —
copiously — twice a year, in fall and
spring. The coat doesn’t tangle easily, but it requires regular brushing
to remove dead hair and distribute
The Siberian is a generally healthy
breed with no known heritable disorders or disease predispositions.
The Siberian is a natural breed,
meaning he developed on his own
without the intervention of humans.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that
people began selectively breeding
the Siberian for a particular
breakup of the
Western cat lovers
learned of the breed.
The first Siberians were
imported to the U.S. in
The International Cat
the Siberian into the New
Breed program in 1992
and granted them champion status in 1996. The
Cat Fanciers’ Association
began registering Siberians
in 2000. The breed achieved
full recognition by CFA in 2006.
Other cat associations that recognize the Siberian include American
Cat Fanciers Association and Cat
In 2014, the Siberian was the 17th
most popular breed registered by
CFA, out of 43.
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to kill in
a fur coat
a ruff around
the neck, fluffy
“britches” on the
legs, and a bushy tail he wraps around
himself like a stole. His ears have tufts
of fur coming out from them — a look
that is both decorative and cold-weath-er functional. The tops of the ears also
might have hair, known as lynx tipping.
Kim Campbell Thornton is
an award-winning writer in
Southern California. Her sub-
jects include pet care, health
and behavior, and wildlife and
marine life conservation.