Russian Blue Standard

RUSSIAN BLUE
ABBREVIATION: RB
REVISION: 05/01/88

POINT DISTRIBUTION:
Head 15 points
Ears 5 points
Eyes 10 points
Neck 3 points
Tail 5 points
Body 15 points
Legs 5 points
Feet 2 points
Color 20 points
Coat 20 points

RECOGNIZED CATEGORIES/DIVISIONS/COLORS:
Traditional Category, Solid Division, blue only.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The Russian Blue is a distinctively elegant cat of foreign body type with an angular, modified wedge-shaped head consisting of seven flat planes. The slightly upturned corners of the mouth give a sweet smiling facial expression. Its most outstanding feature is its double coat: short, silky, and upstanding, like the coat of a seal or beaver. Of a medium blue color with silver tipping of the guard hairs, the coat reflects light, giving a silvery sheen to the fur. Silver tipped guard hairs should contrast against solid blue ground color when the hair is stroked against the grain. Russian Blues are gentle and shy, with soft, sweet voices. They are easily startled and prefer delicate handling.

EYE COLOR:
As vividly green as possible at maturity. Russian Blue kitten eyes change rapidly through yellow to green. By four months, a green ring should appear around the pupil. Cats whose eyes are not completely vivid green should be penalized, the amount determined by the quantity and vividness of green as well as by the age of the cat. No green in eyes--full penalty.

COLOR DESCRIPTION:
The coat is an even bright blue throughout with lighter color preferred. The guard hairs are silver tipped, giving the coat a lustrous appearance. Ghost tabby markings permitted on kittens. The nose leather is charcoal gray; paw pads rose flesh pink.

PENALIZE:
Weak chin, eye color not completely green. Full penalty for eyes with no green.

WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS:
Any white spots or lockets. See Show Rules  ARTICLE SIXTEEN for rules governing penalties/disqualifications applying to all cats.
 

HEAD: BODY:
Shape: Modified wedge with flat planes. Shape: Foreign.
Profile: Straight nose and flat forehead forming two planes. Size: Males proportionately larger than females.
Muzzle: Medium length. Size: Males proportionately larger than females.
Muzzle Break: None. Length: Long.
Skull: Top flat and narrow; forehead high. Boning: Fine. Note cat will appear to be chunkier due to density of coat.
Chin: Flat vertical plane from tip of nose to bottom of chin. Musculature: Lithe, slender. Having solid weight, not excessive bulk.
EARS: TAIL:
Shape: Almost as wide at base as tall; appear pointed; slightly rounded tips. Shape and Size: Straight, tapering from a rather thick base to slender tip.
Size: Rather large. Size: Slender.
Placement: Set far apart, as much on the side as top of head. Length: Long.
Hair: Outside covered with short, fine hair. LEGS:
Furnishings: Cover approximately 1/2 inside ear. Length: Long.
EYES: Boning: Fine.
Shape: Almost round; just oval enough to show oriental slant. Musculature: Firm, lithe.
Size: Rather large. FEET:
Placement: Set far apart. Shape: Well-rounded.
Color: Green. In kittens, changing from yellow to green. Size: Small.
NECK: Miscellaneous: Appears to stand and walk on tiptoe.
Length: Long, but may appear shorter due to dense fur. COAT:
Size: Slender. Length: Short.
Texture: Fine, soft, silky.
Density: Dense, plush double coat.
COLOR: Even bright blue throughout. Lighter color preferred Guardhairs tipped with silver. Ghost tabby markings permitted on kittens.