The Siberian Coat and Colours

Coat, Colours and Grooming

The Siberian is notable for having a long triple coat with guard hairs (the outer coat), awn hairs (the middle part of the coat) and a downy undercoat. He has an abundant ruff around the neck, thick but slightly shorter hair on the shoulder blades and lower part of the chest, and thick fur on the belly and britches (the upper hind legs). The undercoat thickens in cold weather. The coat comes in all colours and combinations of colours, with or without white.

He looks powerful and alert, but gazes out at the world with a sweet expression. His head is a modified wedge with rounded contours—broad at the top and narrowing slightly at the muzzle. Medium-large ears are well furnished with tufts of fur. The nearly round eyes can be green, gold, green-gold, or copper. White Siberians or Siberians with white patches may have blue or odd eyes.

The “hefty, hefty, hefty” slogan could have been written with the Siberian in mind. This is a medium-size to large cat weighing 8 to 17 pounds and sometimes more. It can take the Siberian up to five years to reach his full size and coat. His body is muscular and he has big round paws with tufts of fur and a thickly furred tail.

The "Neva-Masquerade"

 Is the Traditional Colourpoint Siberian Forest Cat. As with all Siberians, it is medium to large sized, robust, strong, luxuriously medium to long haired cat. The name comes from the Neva River, near Leningrad where they are believed to have originated. They come in many colour points such as seal and blue and all the tabby varieties as well as golden and silver. The pointed colouring contrasts with their fluffy white coats, creating a beautiful cat that will appeal to lovers of Siberians and especially those who love the pointed variety of cats.

Ultimately the photos of Nevas tell the story best, so browse through our gallery and prepare to be stunned by their beauty.

The Nevas are simply colour point Siberians so our other Siberian cats can be used with them to breed as many of our cats are already carrying the colour pointed gene.

So, we are excited with our new editions and the surprises they will delight us with.

Hypoallergenic Coats

The Siberian Cat breed is thought to produce some of the lowest levels of Fel-di antigen of all cats which is known to cause allergies in some people. There is strong anecdotal evidence from Siberian cat breeders and owners to support this theory, but scientific data is currently limited. The Siberian Research Inc has found a strong correlation between allergen levels in cat saliva and allergic reactions experienced by cat allergy sufferers. They have found that this trait for lower Fel-di antigen levels found in Siberian cats is genetic and is thus passed on to offspring. Some people with allergies can tolerate the Siberian breed but that does not apply to every cat allergy sufferer.

Cat Allergies

The majority of cat allergies are to the Fel d1 protein, found in a cat’s saliva, on their fur and in the litter box. Large-scale testing has shown that about half of more than 400 Siberian cats tested had reduced levels of Fel d1 allergen and 15% had very low levels. (See Cat Allergies for more information.) That’s why Siberians are often described as hypoallergenic cats.