Breed index: SIB

History: aboriginal breed naturally occur on Siberia and Far East of Russia. Siberian cats are well-known in Russia more than 200 years. First standard was established on 1989 General: strong, massive, muscular, powerful animals from medium to large size. Females are rather smaller in size than males. Coat is medium long, dense, with well defined guard hairs.

Head: large, in shape of short, broad trapezium, in good proportion to the body, with the slight flat plane on the top of the head. Profile without stop, with smooth dip from the short forehead to the broad straight nose. The nose is medium long. Cheekbones, whisker pads and chin form a smooth, rounded line. Chin is wide, rather strong, but not protruding. Neck is strong and short.

Ears: medium size, wide at the base, the distance between the ears exceeds the width of one ear at the base. The external earline is vertical, the external end of the earbase is slightly above the eyelevel. The ears are slightly tilted forward, tips are rounded. Tufts and brushes are preferable.

Eyes: medium size, rounded, set apart, with the outer corners tilted slightly upward. Color is green or yellow of different shades, even in color. The cats of "van" and white colors may have odd eyes color.

Body: medium length, massive, with developed muscles, on the strong legs. Paws are large and round. Tufts of hair between the toes are desirable.

Tail: medium length, thicker at the base, slightly tapering to the tip.

Coat: medium long. Guard hairs are solid, glossy. On the flanks fur is softer, lightly-lying, very dense. Undercoat is double, but its grade of expressiveness depends on season The decorative coat is long, dense, in the way of the back of the neck, complete ruff and frill. Fluffy "britches" and the tail excellently trimmed with fur. During fading season the decorative coat is too scare. "Agouti" and "tabby" colors have a coat texture which is more typical.

Colors: all colors are admitted with the exception of chocolate, lilac, burmese, abyssinian and their colorpoint varieties. "Colorpoint" and "colorpoint with white" Siberians are known as "Neva Mascarade". The expertise is done separately, as per colors.

Condition: cat is healthy, strong, well groomed.

Faults: straight profile; tendency to "Persian" type; long, narrow, light head or face. Flat cheeks; weakcheek-bones and chin. Small, rounded, deeply set eyes; large or narrow set ears, straight or high set ears, "Persian" type ears (small, low set, too trimmed with fur). Short or too long body; elegant type; weak bones; small paws; no fur tufts between the toes. Slim long neck. Short, with a scarce fur trimming, sharp tail. Fur without undercoat, extremely tough or fluffy coat, dim on the back and croup.

Disqualify: clearly expressed signs of "persian" type.

Outcross with other breeds is not allowed.

Point score:
  Head (including ears shape and set) 25
  Eyes 10
  Type (body, Legs and paws) 30
  Tail 10
  Fur (texture and color) 20
  Condition 5   
  Total 100

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