In a nutshell, whenever I think of them, I see members of a royal family. You know, not with those who sit in plush robes and gold at important banquets, and not even with… Princess Diana, or someone like that… They have a peculiar breed charm that draws me to them: these cats blend grace without mannerism, dignity without arrogance, and modesty, which is evidence of a very fine upbringing, if you follow me.
So, once more, a comparison with people who have been crowned. I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to have multiple kings and queens wandering around your home, especially when they occasionally give birth to large families of children.
The Nature Of The Russian Blue
Oh my goodness, what great personalities these cats have! – The relationship that exists between people and animals is one that is marked by respect and affection; this is how I would describe it. They do not try to force their society on others and are always eager to perform, therefore Russian blues have a reputation for being quite loyal. There were no shattered vases or torn drapes, and there was no rushing or commotion.
They are exceptionally bright, and as a result, it is never difficult to negotiate with them or explain what can be done and what cannot. You can rest assured that none of them break the “given royal word,” such as the rule that states one should never dig in a flower pot.
The language of the Russian blues is characterized by low voices and gentle intonation. Some of my animals find homes with families who are unable to provide the same level of care and attention that we offer for them. However, this is not an issue because cats of this breed can easily adjust to any environment and are quite capable of taking care of themselves.
Russian Blue World
Today, all throughout the world, there are a few different associations that are made up of breeders. The majority of them can be found in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, and Australia. After giving the websites of these organizations a cursory look, it is immediately apparent that they are not inactive lists of kennels but, rather, interest groups that host their exhibitions, post news, monitor trends in the evolution of the breed, and, in general, control the process. “Unfortunately, our ranks have dropped a bit over the past year,” says Amanda Roberts, who heads the RBBA (British Blue Breeders Association) in her 23rd show in October of last year. Roberts was speaking about the membership of the British Blue Breeders Association. However, we are still a unified and joyful large family. And even if the sun has lost some of its ferocity, that does not mean that we are any less thrilled about our lovely cats. If one looks at the list of winners and grand champions, one can see that Ms. Roberts’ flowery allegory is not something that is “commonplace” in the report. Not only does it include “fellow countrymen,” but it also cites people from other European countries, including a nursery that is located in St. Petersburg. This section of RBBA Nurseries is remarkable in both its abundance and its geographical diversity.
Other organisations include remarkable lists that are, for the most part, equivalent to this one. And this, despite the fact that, to put it delicately, the Russian blue does not dominate the breed rankings in any way! In addition, breeders have a sense of pride (or is it practical?) In the very first lines of the home pages of their websites, they should make it clear that they are members of the breed’s governing council or that their kennel is included on the list of names maintained by the association.
What is it that drives people to want their countries to be united? Perhaps it’s the aspiration to find a place among the smoothly functioning parts of a machine. In point of fact, there is little doubt that “Russian blue” is a well-established brand. The “Russian” names of catteries (Troika, Tzar Blue, Faberge, and Samovar, for example) and the names of cats are the most identifying PR aspect of the “Russian blue” brand (Dmitri, Alexei Ratmansky, Dashkova, Maria Morevna). The regular holding of monobreed shows, the loyal coexistence of several standards for the breed, and a unique spirit of equanimity and calm confidence in the future of breeders who are not spoiled by the megapopularity of the breed are all things that are hidden from the eyes of people who are not in the know. In addition, monobreed shows are held on a regular basis.
There is now no single-breed club anywhere in the immensity of the country, despite the fact that it is the source of the native stock used in the creation of the breed. Why is a question that has never had a satisfactory explanation provided for it. On online discussion boards devoted to cats, the Russian blue is a popular topic of conversation; nevertheless, almost all of the themes that come up are unrelated to professional felinology because they concern the cat’s health, its care, and its diet. It’s possible that the Russian mentality is to blame for this state of affairs, in which each breeder acts as their own individual fighter in the field: after all, our man does not like to “clump together” and views himself as a person who is entirely self-sufficient. Or perhaps the sheer name of the breed is not seen as exotic in Russia (which is perfectly natural), and as a result, it is not regarded as a brand. And breeders face certain challenges in the evolution of their breeds (the same infamous proliferation of standards), which can only be overcome through collaboration!
CFA Rating – 2008
According to the results of the most recent exhibition season, the cat TSAR BLU’S ZHIVAG0 took the 12th place in the national championship, and the new breed TSAR BLU’S TSUNAMI OF CHLOEADORES became the winner in the international division. Both of these accomplishments can be found in the table below. Donna Fuller, who hails from California and works as a breeder, is the owner of the animals.
Regarding the mysteries, a quick aside. The RBBA has a very gentle nature toward its breed. They start their account of the Russian blue on the website with the declaration that the Russian blue is exactly (no more, no less!) the color it is named for. “Has the smile of the Mona Lisa on her face.” What might possibly be the source of this cat’s cryptic grin? It’s possible that she finds the foolish traditions about her own origin to be amusing. It’s also possible that she finds the idea that her appearance has remained unaltered for a century to be amusing. It’s also possible that she is just above all of this felinological bother. But how can we do it hassle-free?! Where would the breed be right now, and would it even exist at all, if it weren’t for its devoted and altruistic supporters who care for it and work to promote it?
Elizabeth Stark, originally from Glasgow in the United Kingdom, has been the proprietor of Dushenka for the past three decades. This particular breeder enjoys a high level of renown and recognition all across the world. Multiple awards, including those for champion and grand champion, have been bestowed upon her kitties and cats.
“The Russian blue is the perfect cat for you if you’re looking for an elegant and refined companion. Their appearance speaks for itself: they are elegantly slender, but not angular; they are distinguished by an extraordinary sensual, soft look with stunning green eyes; they have the most delicate coat – velvety, iridescent with silver shades, which is irresistibly drawn to touch; and their eyes are a stunning shade of green. It is pointless to put up resistance, and why should we?
The Russian blues that were brought to England in the 1890s from Arkhangelsk, in the Russian Federation, are the ancestors of all contemporary Russian blues. Their popularity remained very constant throughout the course of more than a century, and their appearance hardly changed at all during that time. There have never been very many people who admire this breed; after all, they are beauty aficionados who appreciate subtlety and refinement, and there will always be a minority of these people. On the other hand, at the same time, their supporters were constantly there. That is to say, we are able to assert that the characteristics of the outside world, such as her attractiveness, are unchanging.
My primary objective as a breeder is to maintain the breed’s distinctiveness and its “unique,” if you will, way of life so that, in approximately 150 years from now, people will be able to view Russian blue cats in the same form in which they were discovered on the coast of the White Sea. You could say that, or something quite similar.
It is now abundantly evident what the “trick” is: the color Russian blue is no longer in style. That is to say, it falls under the category of copyrighted works of art that are trendy. A pamphlet that I purchased at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts during an exhibition that was dedicated to the life and work of Madame Chanel contained comparable information, and I read it. Not everyone is captivated and won over by everything that this great woman has contributed to the world of fashion, but there will always be followers of her style in every generation. Despite the fact that, obviously, there are a far greater number of people in the world who follow Italian fashion or oriental motifs, statistics show. And this is a good thing: when set against their backdrop, a woman wearing a dress from Chanel looks even more perfect than she already does. Because Coco’s entire life and body of work were guided by the same principle and aesthetic, we now refer to all of this as “the world of Chanel.”
And what will become of the planet that is blue and Russian?
No, no, and yes, there is a motif of returning to the original “Arkhangelsk” style of Russian blue on the sites where people who adore cats congregate. If this involves replacing a breed that has already been established, then such a turn of events would be more revolutionary than you could ever imagine.
However, breeders are in agreement that, in theory, it would be quite realistic to restore the alleged type of blue cats from surviving images and modern animals found in the local area. However, this will already turn out to be a different, new breed with its own standard and under a different name. In addition, it is hardly probable that the world of felinology will welcome her appearance with open arms. “And why is that? You should ask the breeders.” – After all, there is already a well-known, time-tested, and prestigious brand called “Russian blue!”
You Are Perfection Itself
The authors of practically every single piece about Russian blues, ranging from newspaper stories to comprehensive encyclopedias, did not escape the cliché, repeatedly rehashing various “historical facts.” In point of fact, it was much more interesting to write about the “gray mouse-catchers of the Pomor villages,” about the gifts of the Russian queens of their “palace” cats to the crowned persons of Foggy Albion, about the long journey by sea of cats “allegedly from Arkhangelsk” in the arms of the English aristocracy at the end of the 19th century, etc. than it was to write about the “gray mouse-catchers of the Pomor villages.” (When the Russian felinological movement was just getting started, I was not able to avoid hearing these retellings.)
But in this day and age, it is a waste of time to try to debunk the fictions that were created by someone’s imagination. Alternately, you could hunt for proof that supports their claim. But to write that “only devotees of the breed appreciate it” or to inquire “about the close-knit ranks of breeders” (indeed, they do not wish to unite!) shows a lack of understanding of the breed’s devoted followers. Is already uncomfortable in some way. Where should you put your attention?
Personally, I have a lot of affection for the breed with the green eyes. Plyusha, my daughter (she is 23 years old! Was acknowledged in the very first Moscow KLK as a phenotypic example of a Russian blue. Despite the fact that I have never made this trait public, I am pleased with this fact. However, rather than discussing “aborigines,” we should bring up the challenges that breeders face in their professional lives nowadays. The breed, which is successful in Europe and the United States but not in this region, is said to be “from the old.”
When I had the chance to talk on this subject once, I took it. My interlocutor told me, “She will not blossom in a luscious manner.” I was offended by such a remark since I was counting on a positive evaluation, and I responded by saying that, contrary to what people say, sometimes a small snowdrop on bare ground, and not a “bouquet of luxuriant roses,” might inspire someone to create a masterpiece. I was given the remark that “they will buy a bouquet nonetheless” (they will still buy a bouquet).