Siberians are a Russian breed that has been in existence for thousands of years. Though popular throughout Europe in the last century, the cat was only imported to America in 1990. Though they have grown in popularity, they remain a relatively rare breed in the United States.
Siberians are an intelligent breed known for their problem solving abilities, from figuring out how to open doors to their skill at finding hidden treats. Their intelligence is matched by their agility. They are athletic and powerful cats with impressive and graceful jumping abilities. They love to play and will entertain themselves and others with their silly antics. Siberians are loyal and loving animals who will bond well with their human families as well as with other family pets. They tend to be a talkative breed who make a distinctive chirping sound.
Their powerful bodies are strong and well-built, with a heavy bone structure, thick chests and large paws, with an overall stocky appearance. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs, making it easier for them to jump so well. Their heads are a modified wedge shape with rounded contours that match the rounded contours of the rest of their bodies. Their eyes are round, and tend to stand out when the cat is alert or startled.
The Siberian is a semi-longhair cat, whose coat has adapted to vary with the season, much thicker in the winter than it is in the summer. Siberians are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.