This feline breed is one of the biggest ones in the world and is second only to the huge Maine Coon. Its average weight can range from 10 to 20 lbs, akin to that of a small dog, even bordering on medium-sized canine territory.
Although stocky, the Siberian is a surprisingly agile cat. It is a skilled jumper, able to reach great heights. Its head is big and proportionate to its large body. Its upright ears have a rounded tip and are spaced nicely. Its soulful eyes are large and oval and set at an oblique angle. This slightly upturned eye position is unique to this breed and lends it a foreign look. Although the eye colour could be any hue, Siberians with white patterns should only have blue or odd hues. Colourpointed varieties are expected to have blue eyes.
This breed’s rectangular torso is large and muscular. Its chest is broad and the neck is short. Its back is slightly arched, which allows it to jump to great heights. The tail, long and bushy, slightly tapers towards the tip from a broad base. Its legs are powerful and proportionate to its body. The back legs are rather longer than the front ones.
The Siberian cat’s semi-longhaired coat, which is its most distinctive feature, is dense and triple-layered. This very weather-resistant coat protects this feline against the harsh weather conditions of its natural Siberian habitat. It could be of any colour and pattern.
A test done in 1999 revealed that the Siberian cat has lower Fel d 1 levels. This protein is an allergen found in felines, particularly in the saliva and fur. This finding led to the belief that this cat is less likely to trigger allergies in humans.
The Siberian’s triple coat needs sheds much and should be regularly brushed to keep it in good condition.