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- Breeding program: A
- Description of the breeds Russian White, Russian Black and Russian Tabby
- Other interesting facts:
Video: Russian White, Black, Tabby Cats
The birth of the Russian White, Black and Tabby Cat breed was laid in Australia on May 4, 1971. The decision to develop a new breed was made by Dick and Mavis Jones, owners of the Myemgay cattery, who were engaged in breeding and studying Russian blue cats.
In his article on the problem of breeding white Russian cats, Mavis Jones talks about the difficulties they had to face. To avoid the deafness that most white cats suffer from, a white cat was mated with a Russian blue cat.
I had to convince skeptics that in Russia there are not only blue cats, but all other colors as well as everywhere in the world.
In addition, RAS (Royal Agricultural Society) forbade experiments with the Russian Blue breed, as this breed is one of the few in the world that still manages to maintain its original type, not spoiled by human intervention.
“The breeders of the Russian blue didn’t support our idea,” says Mavis Jones. But we were adamant. We read that white Russian cats live in the Siberian snows, and we saw photographs of the cats themselves - beauties with sparkling green eyes, slender bodies and long legs, with gorgeous double "plush" hair, which was not blue, but sparkling white. We didn't actually invent this breed. We aimed to introduce the existing Russian cats to Australia and increase their number so that these beautiful animals would be recognized as a separate breed. We did not move by touch, but followed a special program developed by two famous geneticists at the University of Sydney.
The work with the program began in earnest when we got a white Siberian cat, an ordinary domestic cat, since she had no pedigree. It belonged to an employee of the Thai Embassy, who brought it to Australia.
We exchanged one of our Russian blues for this wonderful white cat and matched her with a Russian blue cat. She gave birth to two white kittens, the best of which we kept for ourselves and named White Rose.
Then we applied for permission to start breeding the Russian White breed. For your information, the only cats suitable for mating with the Russian Blue are white cats from Russia or Siberia. White Rose was a beautiful white queen, with an elongated body, slender, graceful, with all the features inherent in the Russian blue.
In the next round, White Rose was crossed with her father, Myemgay Yuri, who has established himself as the best breeder of short-haired kittens in the last two years. Our first two generations of white Russian kittens were registered in November 1971. They were very beautiful, and our joy knew no bounds. Unfortunately, Rosa fell ill with hypocalcemia when the kittens were 3 weeks old and we lost her.
We bottle-fed the tiny kittens with milk until they were big enough to eat solid food. We crossed our two first-generation cats with different Russian Blue sire cats and got a second litter of white kittens.
Then two of the best whites (one from each litter) were crossed among themselves and received the third generation of kittens. We continued until we got the fourth generation and applied for full recognition and registration of our white cats. In July 1975 our cats got the right to compete for the title of Champion."
The Cat Fanciers Club of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of South Wales officially recognized the breed in November 1975.
Breeding program: A
white Siberian cat was crossed with a male Russian blue Myemgay Yuri. From the two white kittens that appeared, the kitten with the best characteristics, the female White Rose, was selected, which became the ancestor of the breed.
White Rose was then crossed with Myemgay Yuri, her father. Two kittens of the first generation of white Russian cats appeared. The only continuer of the white Russian line was a kitty named Myemgay Arctic Girl.
Myemgay Arctic Girl was crossed with Myemgay Little Lemon, a Russian blue cat, and Myemgay Arctic Star was born (a second generation Russian white cat).
Myemgay Arctic Star was crossed again with Myemgay Yuri (male Russian blue), and Myemgay Arctic Snowflake (third generation female Russian white) was born.
Myemgay Arctic Snowflake was crossed with Eastern Ninotchka (Russian blue cat), Myemgay Arctic Kosack (4th generation Russian white male) appeared.
Until this moment, not a single kitten has left the Myemgay cattery, since the breed receives full registration only after the appearance of the 4th generation of kittens. Prior to this, the breed has a temporary status.
At the present stage, Russian White is recognized in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and is at various stages of recognition in England, Europe, USA, In 2010, the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) awarded the Russian Black and Russian White Champion status to the breeds.
Description of the breeds Russian White, Russian Black and Russian Tabby
Country of origin: Russia.
Color: black, white, tabby.
Coat type: short-haired, plush, silky, double, dense.
Size: small, medium.
Activity level: medium.
Need for Attention: Medium.
Learning ability: Medium.
Appearance and physique. The white Russian has a long body, slender legs, wide-set ears with round tips, slightly slanted eyes and a tapering nose. The only true difference between the three varieties is coat color; the Russian white has white wool, the Russian black has black, and the Russian tabby has a striped coat.
The coat of the white Russians should be silvery, and the nose and paw pads should be pink. The coat of black Russians should be shiny, and the nose and paw pads should be black or dark brown.
Character and temperament. Russian cats are kind, affectionate and affectionate, they will never get tired of playing with you. They become attached to all family members, remaining indifferent to "strangers" (guests).
They are considered excellent companions for the elderly and single people, as well as for families with children. They are intelligent, calm and very loyal animals.
They learn to open doors, lockers and drawers with ease, so don't be surprised to find your pet doing this. Cats are very playful but not destructive. They can easily teach their owners simple tricks - for example, throw a toy.
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Hair care. The coat of Russian cats is soft, silky and thick, reminiscent of the fur of a fur seal. They have a pronounced tipping, which gives the coat a glossy sheen. The undercoat is soft and fluffy. No special care is required for the coat. Once or twice a week, the wool is combed out with a special rubber mitten. During moulting (spring and autumn), cats are given a paste to remove hair from the stomach.
Health. Russian white, black and tabby cats are strong and healthy animals. At present, no hereditary or breed diseases have been identified. With proper nutrition, the necessary amount of physical activity, veterinary care and the love of the owner, they can live up to 13 years or more. Some cats are predisposed to urolithiasis (urolithiasis).
Other interesting facts:
ACF and GCCF did not recognize the Russian White and Russian Black as separate breeds. According to these associations, it is Russian blue, but in different colors.
CFA recognizes only the blue color of the Russian breed.
ACFA recognizes the Russian Shorthaired breed in white, black and blue.