The Siberian cat is thought to originate from crossbreeding of Russian cats, most likely Angora, with Siberian wild cats. In the harsh climate only those cats survived that had best adapted, which is why the race developed a long, thick and water repellent fur, and small tuffs between the toes. Other characteristics are the large fur collar and small tuffs in the ears. Genetically the race has been separated form European cats in more than a hundred years. During the 1980’s cat clubs started to pay attention to the Siberian Cat as a unique race and planned breeding occurred in St. Petersburg 1987. Ten years later the race was acknowledged by Fédération Internationale Féline d’Europe (Fife) and in 2000 Vera Marklin Kratsova and Gunilla Wikström imported the first 10 cats to Sweden.
In character the cats are somehow like dogs. They often respect only one family member as leader, and can develop a strong relation to one person, whom they follow everywhere. They are intelligent and many cats are quick to learn how to open doors or rapport stuff.

Interesting for cat-allergic people is the fact that the race is thought to lack the main cat-allergen, FEL D-1 (see nbsp;
Allergy ). Although there are many stories form allergic people that actually have tolerated Siberian cats, unfortunedly not all of them do. The Swedish Siberian cat organisation provides contacts to test-homes for those who want to try (http://www.sibiriskkatt.nu/)