Jaunty, hardy, and oh-so delightfully fluffy, the Siberian cat is a favorite of many cat lovers around the world. And the best part? You can find them in almost any color imaginable!
While these cats have evolved to survive in harsh environments, they are also incredibly personable and easygoing creatures, so we can see why pet owners would want these fearless, friendly, expressive cats in every color.
For all you Siberian enthusiasts, we have compiled the 8 coat varieties and detailed which colors are available in each. Keep reading until the end for a few tips on grooming and a mini-history lesson on the breed.
The 8 Siberian Cat Coat Color Varieties
As the name suggests, solid-coat Siberians are all one solid color. There is usually little to no shading, and the color is consistent from the tip of the fur to the roots. These striking cats display a wide range of colors, from pure white to coal-black.
- Possible solid colors: coal-black, pure white, slate blue, brilliant red, and buff or cream (often in lighter shades).
Chinchilla Siberian cats are relatively rare. The allure of the chinchilla pattern is the sparkly, shimmering effect produced by a dense, light undercoat lightly tipped by a deep black on the tail, legs, flanks, back, and head.
- Possible chinchilla colors: silver, gold
Shaded Siberians are similar to the chinchilla in the shimmery effect of the fur shading but have a much darker overall color. They have a white or light cream undercoat, and the dark mantle that tips the tail, sides, and face comes in rich colors.
- Possible shaded colors: silver, gold, cameo, red, tortoiseshell (black, red, cream)
These beautiful cats often seem to be one color when lounging but transition to a lighter, smokey shade when they leap into action! Their white undercoat shades gradually to many striking colors, which can be viewed best by parting their fur gently with your fingers.
- Possible smoke colors: black, blue, cream, cameo, red, tortoiseshell (black, red, cream), blue cream
The tabby pattern is made of stark and clearly defined markings, of which there are a variety of colors and shapes. Tabby cats have bracelets of colored markings on their legs, rings evenly spaced on the tail, necklaces on the chest and neck, lines down the head and back, and a frowning “M” shape on the forehead.
- Possible tabby patterns: classic, mackerel, patched, spotted, ticked
- Possible tabby colors: brown patched, blue patched, silver, blue-silver, blue-silver patched, red, blue, cream, cream silver, cameo, golden, blue golden
The point pattern gets its name from how the deepest colors on the cat pool at their “point,” or extremities. The body of the Siberian point pattern is one even color, though slight shading is possible, with a defined contrast between the color of the body and points. The points are unbrindled and consist of a cat’s mask, ears, legs, feet, and tail.
- Possible point colors: seal, blue, flame, cream, tortie (black, red, cream), blue cream
7. Lynx Point
The lynx point pattern is much like the point, except that the darker spots of color on the cat’s extremities are lined with clear, dark stripes. The body on the lynx point sometimes has very slight, ghostly striping.
- Possible lynx point colors: seal, blue, flame, cream, tortie (black, red, cream), blue cream
Bi-color Siberians are a sort of mishmash of types defined by one particular pattern and patches of white.
- Possible bi-color combinations: solid and white, tabby and white, smoke and white, shaded and white, shell and white, point and white, lynx point and white
Eye Color of Siberian Cats
Siberian cats’ most common eye colors range from green to gold and every shimmering color in between. Sometimes, Siberians can have blue eyes or even two different colors (known as heterochromia).
About Siberian Cats
Siberian cats are athletic, capable felines with luxuriously fluffy fur and personable natures. They originated in Russia and are perfectly adapted to surviving in the harsh cold of their native Siberian.
Sometimes called the “Russian forest cat,” Siberian cats have appeared in historical records and Russian fairy tales since around the year 1000. They have been essential helpers on farms and excel at controlling rodent and vermin populations.
They are also a favorite family pet. Generations of Russian families recall the charming personalities and loyalty of their Siberian cats with fondness and a tear in their eyes. Before the Cold War ended, they were only found in Russia, but in the 1990s, Siberian cats finally made their way into the homes and hearts of Americans.
Grooming and Care of Siberian Cats
Siberian cats are fluffy with charming accents of ruffs around the neck, full britches, and bushy tails. The Siberian cat is a rugged, all-weather outdoorsman and an adorably fuzzy companion!
They have a special triple coat that helps protect them from the extreme cold of the Siberian climate. It is incredibly dense, tangle-resistant, and water-repellent. Their medium-long fur is relatively easy to maintain and can be kept looking spiffy with occasional brushing.
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So, which color of Siberian cat is your favorite? Whether you covet the rare, silvery chinchilla or the deep red of the cameo smoke, this list has them all. We hope you got your Siberian cat fix for the day and maybe even found the perfect furry companion.
If a particular shade or pattern has caught your eye, check out the Cat Fancier’s Association for more information about breeders that specialize in breeds and specific colors!
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