Russian Blue

Other names : Russian, Maltese Blue, Norwegian Blue

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Life expectancy

The Russian Blue has a life expectancy of between 13 and 20 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 12 in
Male Approximately 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 7 lb
Male Between 7 and 11 lb
Coat colour
Black White Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Russian Blue costs between £350 and £800

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More details about the Russian Blue

Russian Blue: Origins and history

Like many other cat breeds, mystery surrounds the origins of the Russian Blue. No one knows whether it is Soviet, British, Scandinavian or even Mediterranean! One of the first hypotheses, and the most frequently cited, is that several individuals were imported from the Russian port of Arkhangelsk by sailors who sold them to the British in 1860. Like other breeds, the Second World War nearly wiped out the Russian Blue, but British and Scandinavian breeders kept them going. Several cross breeds, particularly with Siamese, changed the standard of the Russian Blue in the '50s. In France, this gorgeous cat appeared over the last century but was only officially recognized in the 80s. Due to the of the colour of their coats, they were for a long time outshone by the Chartreux or even British breeds.

Russian Blue: Purchase price

A Russian Blue kitten costs between £350 and £800  depending on their lineage, upbringing, age and sex. They cost around £25 / month to keep them healthy, and to provide them with high quality food. 

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