Russian Blue - RUS
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
Russian Blues, originating as Archangel cats, have a unique double coat, emerald green eyes and an elegant appearance.
Top of head
The head is of medium length, with a flat skull. The top of the head appears flat between the ears.
Muzzle and chin
The muzzle is broad with prominent, very pronounced whisker pads. The chin is firm.
The forehead appears straight to the level of the upper edge of the eye. This creates the distinctive angle level with the upper edge of the eye. The profile from here to the tip of the nose has such a shallow concave curve that it appears virtually straight. There must be no stop, break or nose bump. The tip of chin lines up with the tip of the nose on the same vertical plane.
Vivid green, set rather wide apart, almond in shape with a slight upward slant.
Large and pointed, wide at the base and set vertically to the head. The outer line of the ears continues the line of the upper part of the face. The inner side is sparsely furnished, causing the ears to appear thin and almost transparent.
Size and boning
Medium to large sized but long and graceful in outline and carriage. Medium strong bone, well muscled.
Slightly elongated. The cat should appear neither rangy and leggy, nor cobby and short.
Long, gracefully slender, but may appear shorter because of dense fur.
Legs and paws
The legs are long and slender, the paws are narrow and oval.
The tail is long and ends in a slightly rounded tip.
Short over all the body
Soft double coat with a very dense undercoat, standing away from the body; very different from any other breed.
Pure, even blue, with a distinct silver sheen (the tips of the hairs have a silver tipping). A light to medium blue colour is preferred.
Special breed faults
Cobby or heavy build.
Ghost tabby markings in adults.
Any white spots or lockets.
In kittens the top of the head may appear more rounded and the angle may not be as well developed.