We had three demands when we planned a litter. They were prioritized: 

1. The health

2. The temperament

3. The looks


We wanted all our kittens to be healthy cats with a long life before them. Anyway it was not that simple to ensure.

Of course we only bred on healthy cats. To our knowledge neither the sire nor the queen suffered from any diseases. It often was young cats who were bred, and you couldn't tell if they would have any diseases when they got older. Fortunately the Russian Blue in general was a healthy breed, but there were Russian Blues who died too young. 

It is not possible to guarantee that a kitten will be sound and healthy the whole life, but one thing can be done: avoid inbreeding. Inbreeding generally reduce the immune defence system of the cats, even if the parents are healthy cats themselves. We never did inbreeding, and we even didn't use cats who were close inbred themselves in our breeding. 

Another topic that came up was Russian Blues with blood group B. Cats with blood type B are not less healthy cats than cats with blood type A, but problems might occur when a blood type B queen gives birth. That's why we only used blood group A cats for breeding, and we even didn't breed cats that had a known risk of being carrier of the blood type B gene. It was no guarantee, but we didn't want deliberately to contribute to more kittens with blood type B - or being carriers of the gene - being born. 


It was important that our kittens were sweet cats who the new owners wold be happy about. We worked a lot to socialize our kittens. They were handled for a long time each day. We fiddled with them all over, we examined their ears and mouth, and we cut their claws when they were very young. We also exposed them to many noises such as the hoover, music and so on.

It is difficult to guarantee that a kitten will have a temper for shows. Our females were all good show cats, and we preferred a sire that has been shown without problems. However we could not be sure that the kittens would have a temper for shows as well, but if the new owners wanted to show their cat we offered to keep the kitten so long that we could show it once ourselves to see how it reacted to shows.


Despite all our intensions several of our kittens after Lilit (and even Lilit herself) developed behavioural problems. In fact all the females including our own Sarantoya have had problems being with other cats, and one of them even was aggressive towards one a the owners and had to be put down. 

Every time the cat has been very frightened because of something, and it appears that she has thought it was the fellow cat (or once a human being) who had caused this "something". It probably happens often for cats, but usually they get friends quickly again. Unfortunately not always for our female kittens.

The first time it happened we thought it was because of a postnatal depression, but now that it has happened several times, we are sure it must be a hereditary defect. If we had known we wouldn't have bred neither Lilit. However the first incident took place when Lilit and even Sarantoya had already got their kittens, so not much could be done about it.

The looks

When the two first demands were met it could be necessary to compromise with the exterior. 

It is much easier to decide the looks of the kittens when you inbreed, but we didn't do that. It is a kind of jeapardy when you avoid inbreeding. What we could do was to choose a sire that we thought was beautiful and would complement the queen. 

What is a beautiful Russian Blue? Many details can be pointed out, but what we valued the highest was a good expression: Large eyes set wide apart, the characteristic profile af the Russian Blue with a distinct angle right over the eyes and a good strong chin. We prefered a broad head and the nose should not be too long. We wanted the body elegant yet muscular, and we wanted long legs and a long tail. The eyecolour was a must. 

Pointed Russian Blues:
In older days siamese cats were used in the Russian Blue breeding, and not too long ago some tried to breed pointed Russian Blues. It is a part of the history of the Russian Blue, and no Russian Blue can be absolutely certain not to be a carrier of the siamese gene. 

We never had any pointed kittens, but anyway the issue didn't worry us because pointed Russian Blues are exactly as healthy as full blue. Our females had no known risk of being carriers, but we didn't avoid a sire that had a known risk if he had other good qualities. We always would inform the new owner of the risk. 

If we had bred pointed kittens they would not be sold for breeding, and the price would be reduced.

White spots:
Some Russian Blues have a few white hairs on the chest, some have a white spot. This only matters when it comes to shows.