Is there any proof that Siberians are hypoallergenic?
Yes, there is lab data, generated by Universities, that shows as much as ten times less FEL D1/dander levels in Siberians as compared to other domestic cats. The real proof however, is not found in labs, but in hundreds and hundreds of testimonials by families with allergy sufferers, that now share their homes with Siberians and experience no allergic reactions.
Every human has different tolerances to allergens. These tolerances or resistance can change with age, season, and overall health. There are many causes of allergic reactions and there is no way to provide a definite answer to this question. Only long term exposure to Siberians can let you know your personal tolerance.
The cat was first mentioned in a book by Harrison Wier, which included information of the earliest cat shows in England in 1871. Siberians first arrived in the United States in 1990. Although gaining in popularity, the expense of importing the cats from Russia keeps the breed relatively rare outside of Europe.
In the Russian cat fancy, each cat club devises its own cat standards. This fact led to much confusion in the US and other countries when the first Siberians were arriving and many appeared quite different from each other, depending on what area of Russia they originated from. One of the earliest written Siberian standards was publicized by the Kotofei Cat Club in St. Petersberg in 1987.
Known to be an exceptionally agile jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well rounded paws and an equally impressive large full tail. They have barrelled chests and medium/large sized ears, large eyes, broad foreheads, and stockier builds than other cats.
Their large round eyes give an overall sweet expression to their face. Siberians have a slight arch to their back, due to the fact that their hind legs are a bit longer than the front legs. This shape contributes to their incredible agility and athleticism
Siberians express the three natural types of feline fur: guard hairs, awn hair and down. These three layers protect the cat from the Russian weather extremes, and provide a hardy, easy to care for coat today. The fur is textured but glossy, which decreases the occurrence of matting.
As with most other cat breeds, color varieties of the Siberian vary and all colors, such as tabby, solid, toetishell and colorpoint are genetically possible.
Siberian cats moult once or twice a year. The first moult is at the end of winter. The winter moult is instigated not by a change in temperature but by a change in day length. Many Siberians will experience a less intense "mini-moult" at the end of the summer season, unlike other cats which will experience a "heavy moult" more than twice a year.
Personality and Temperament
The Siberian is affectionate and intelligent, and rarely unable to solve its own problems. The cat is also attracted to water, occasionally throwing toys in it or playing around it. Despite the cat's size, the Siberian is quite agile and can easily jump onto bookcases or on top of cupboards.
This cat breed combines intelligence, friendliness and dog-like qualities in a compact body covered with a plush coat. With a reputation for devotion, the Siberian cat tends to view the children of the house as its own, showing its loyalty to even the youngest kids.