A Russian Blue cat with his tail curled slightly. Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

9 Reasons We Love the Russian Blue Cat


If a cat with mystique is what you seek, then you truly can’t look further than the Russian Blue cat. Shrouded in a cloud of mystery, the blue-hued beauty has a history based solely on legend — with no proven facts regarding her origins.

1. How the Russian Blue came to be

A Russian Blue cat.
A Russian Blue cat. Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

In one bit of Russian Blue lore, it’s said that the breed is a descendant of the royal felines kept by the Russian tsars. Contrary to that fun splash of folklore is the rumor that the Russian Blue cat actually originated on Northern Russia’s Archangel Isles (giving the breed the nickname Archangel Cat), where the breed was picked up by sailors in the 1800s and brought to Europe. And according to folklore, the Russian Blue is said to bring not just good luck but healing abilities, too!

2. Give us a smile

The Russian Blue has a naturally upturned mouth that has garnered her comparisons to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

3. Are Russian Blue cats truly blue or gray?

Oh, she’s blue all right — with a silver cast that electrifies this feline! A diluted version of the gene responsible for black hair is what produces the silvery coat seen on the Russian Blue. But that’s not the only thing that keeps her in a class of her own: Her bright green eyes, silky-to-the-touch double-layered coat and lithe body make her one of a kind.

4. Fastidious feline

Though not technically a high-maintenance housemate, the Russian Blue is very particular about hygiene in the bathroom, so keep her litter box spotless!

5. Russian Blue cats are typically quiet

A Russian Blue cat is shy and reserved until she thinks you’re worthy of her presence. Though gentle and quiet in nature, the Russian Blue has a soft spot for high places, where she can people watch for hours until she gets a feel for your personality. Guests might be ignored, but family members receive all of the loyalty. And if you’re her No. 1, she’ll shadow you like crazy and even hitch a ride on your shoulder from time to time. Even better? She’s an independent kitty, so she doesn’t mind hanging at home by herself, making her the perfect breed for working singles!

6. Love is all around

A Russian Blue cat.
A Russian Blue cat. Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

If you’re her favorite human, be ready for nonstop love, because she is all about you, you and more you. Feeling out of sorts? She’ll stick by your side, working her healing abilities on you until you’re up and at ’em again! Prepping dinner? She’ll chill by your side, acting as taste tester. Binge-watching a new TV show? She’ll curl up by your side — just have a comb handy, as she loves being brushed while watching the tube!

7. The Russian Blue cat moves gracefully

The Russian Blue moves with the same type of lithe grace as a Russian ballerina, so you can expect to see her dancing through the hallways of your humble abode whenever she feels the urge — day or night.

8. Keep on schedule

She may be flexible when it comes to movement, but the Russian Blue is a creature of habit when we’re talking daily activities. Meals should arrive on time, and her environment should remain both quiet and stable. Think of her as a furry alarm clock.

9. Russian Blue cats aren’t hypoallergenic

While the Russian Blue sheds less frequently and produces a lower level of the Fel d 1 protein than other breeds, she still produces dander, making her a kitty who won’t solve your allergy issues.

Bonus Fact:

The Russian Blue was once nicknamed the “Doberman Pinscher of Cats” by a judge at a cat show due to the breed’s long, muscular body, which manages to be both elegant and athletic.

Thumbnail: Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

Erika Sorocco has been writing about cats for 12 years. She currently shares her home with two finicky felines (Minky and Gypsy), one crazy pup (Jake) and not enough closet space. Find her online chatting about beauty, books, fashion and fur babies at cateyesandskinnyjeans.com

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20 thoughts on “9 Reasons We Love the Russian Blue Cat”

  1. I’ve just recently been adopted by a Russian blue & his siblings & he’s my first of that particular breed & I’ve noticed that he’s got a lot of the same characteristics described in this article. Because out of all 3 of mine he’s the most gentle & the cleanest as well. Plus his coat is as soft as cotton. He’s pretty vocal with me & I think it’s sweet how he follows me everywhere. I will say that it took some time to gain his trust but once I did it’s been great.

  2. This is my 2nd male Russian Blue. The first one died of cancer at age 8, but the 2nd one I’ve had since he was 1 year and he’s over 12 years old. The second Russian Blue has a similar personality to the first one. Quiet, but will meow back if you start a conversation. Shy around strangers, but very affectionate and loves to lick (kiss) me. Both of them drooled and purred loudly when getting pet. Very well-mannered and never beg for food or gobble down food. If there is a toy attached to a string, the current Russian Blue would pounce on the string to catapult the toy rather than chase the toy…he knew the laws of science even as a young cat. Oh, and never cries or runs wild in the middle of the night.

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  8. Patricia Hillebrand

    Where is there a reputable breeder for Russian Blue cats. I live in California, but will travel if need to be.

  9. My russian blue Lumen is very intelligent. She is trained to sit and eat on command. Athletic, very petite, and kind of a bully to other cats and dogs -deadly to anything smaller! The traits mentioned sound accurate to me. The biggest missing one is all the people who tell you that your cat is pretty.

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  11. Russian Blues are very intelligent. My female knows commands and obeys. If I say no she responds with a quiet meow but obeys. My male is the most affectionate cat I have ever had while my female decides when she is to be loved. She sits on my shoulder while I put on makeup and knows how to signal me to bend over so she can jump onto high places like the top of an armoire or top shelf of the closet. Love this breed and are very loyal and clean cats.

  12. Our Russian blue loves to talk and so lovable, sometimes to much but she sure pushes the other cats around even big cats. She can mean or love able.

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  14. They are exactly like this and they love to play fetch. They never tire of bringing you mice, love affection, and are sensitive. It takes time for them to develop a cattitude, and they’re excellent jumpers. Beautiful cat to watch walk, like a mini panther.

    1. You have the excellent jumper correct for sure! Our Luna the Velociraptor lol at just 6 weeks old jumped up onto our washer from the floor! She was born April 8th and we got her May 29th. She is the best cat ever! I have never seen a cat behave so well. Not even adult cats and she is still basically a toddler. I had to go read to my kids about where it said if you are her no. 1 she will hitch a ride on your shoulder. Since we got her that is what she has done to my kids. They are 15 and 12 so it is pretty calm in our house. There is something though that we don’t understand. Every morning she literally flips out. She will run from my Daughter’s room at the end of the hall full speed into the living room then turn around and go back. She will do this for about 10 minutes. Every single morning. She has free reign of the house 24/7 except master bedroom. My Husband has to wake up at 4:30 in the mornings during the week so we shut the door so she doesn’t wake him up. She sleeps half the night in my Daughter’s bed then at some point switches to my Son’s top bunk with him. She has figured out how to climb the rungs of the ladder. All in all she is the best cat and pet we have ever had and we love our furry Velociraptor Luna.

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