TICA & FIFE Pedigree Siberian Cat Breed Standard


STANDARD -TICA ( The International Cat Association) 
RECOGNIZED CATEGORY / DIVISIONS/COLORS: Traditional Category, all Divisions, all colors.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Siberian cat is a large, strong cat which takes 5 years to mature. The female siberian cat weigh less than the siberian male cats. They are extremely agile and great leapers. Their muscles are mighty, outstanding and powerful. The back is long and very slightly curved or arched, but appears horizontal when in motion. Convex muscular waist and round, compact belly develop with age. The hind legs, when straightened, are slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are round, big and quite powerful. The overall appearance should be one of great strength, force and size with an excellent physical condition and alertness; the facial expression is quite sweet. The general impression is one of roundness and circles, rather than the rectangles and triangles of similar breeds.
HEAD: The siberian head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours, broader at the skull and narrowing slightly to a full rounded muzzle with well-rounded chin. There may be a slight muzzle curvature, but the transition between the side of the head and the muzzle is gentle and inconspicuous. The cheek bones are neither high set nor prominent. There should be a good distance between the ears and eyes. The top of the head is flat, with a slight nose curvature before the tip. The neck is medium-long, rounded, substantial, and well muscled.
TAIL: The siberian tail is medium in length, wide at the base, blunt at the tip without ticking or kinks, evenly and thickly furnished.
EARS: The ears are medium-large, wide and set as much on the sides of the head as on the top; ideal position is 1 to 1-1/2 ear width apart. The tips are rounded and the ear tilts forward. Lynx tipping is desirable. Hair over the back of the ears is short and thin; from the middle of the ear, the furnishings become longer and cover the base completely.
EYES: The large, almost round eyes are set wide with the outer corner slightly angled toward the lower base of the ear. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color/pattern, however, the typical adult color is yellow-green.
COAT: This is a moderately long to longhaired cat, with hair on the shoulder blades and lower part of the chest being thick and slightly shorter. There should be an abundant ruff setting off the large, impressive head. There is a tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather. Allow for warm weather coats. The coat gives the impression of lacquer and oil when ungroomed. The hair may thicken to curls on the belly and britches, but a wavy coat is not characteristic. The skin may have a bluish cast. Clear strong colors and patterns desirable, but are secondary to type.
ALLOWANCES: buttons, spots or lockets.
PENALIZE: Adult cats not having substantial weight. Straight profile. Narrow or fox-like muzzle. Almond shaped eyes. Very long legs.
VARIETIES: The Siberian Cats come in a variety of colors and markings. Taken from CFA (Cat Fanciers Breed Standard) All colors are genetically possible. In the traditional class all colors and combinations are accepted with or without white. In the tabby group white or off white is allowable on the chin, breast, and stomach area. Buttons, spots or lockets are allowable in all colors. The pattern/color descriptions are the same as the Persian. In the colourpoint class, mitted, bicolor, lynx and tortie patterns are allowed. The pattern/color descriptions for the colorpoint, mitted and bicolor are the same as the Ragdoll. The pattern description for lynx points and tortie points are the same as a Birman. In the traditional colors, description for the blue golden is the same as the golden except tips are blue rather than black. No outcrosses are allowed for this breed.

STANDARD - FIFe ( Federation Internationale Feline)
General Size medium to large, siberian females mostly smaller then siberian male cats

Head Shape a little bit longer than broad, softly rounded, massive View also drawing Forehead broad, just slightly rounded
Cheeks cheekbones well developed, high set
Nose medium length, broad, in profile shows a slight identation, but without stop
Chin slanting slightly backwards, in profile creating a curve from the upper line of the nose
Ears Shape medium size, well open at the base, tips are rounded with well developed hairs on the inside and tufts
Placement with good width between, tilting slightly forward
Eyes Shape/placement large, slightly oval shaped. A bit oblique, set widely apart
Colour uniform, any colour is permitted, but preference is given to green
Body Structure well boned and muscled, powerful neck, broad chest, body in proportion to create a rectangular appearance
Legs medium high, to form a rectangle with the body, strong
Paws large, round, well tufted between toes
Tail long, thick, rounded tip. Covered on all sides by dense hair with no hairs trailing down
Coat Structure semi-long, well developed, very dense, undercoat not lying flat, overcoat water repellent, slightly hard to touch.
Summer coat is distinctly shorter than the winter coat. The winter coat shows a well developed shirtfront, full frill and knickerbockers

Colour all colours are acceptable except pointed patterns and the varieties chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, fawn. Any amount of white is permitted
Remarks Novice class only accepted for cats born in Central Europe (previous USSR territories). Any crossing with other breeds prohibited.
too small or too finely built


long and narrow straight profile
too round head (persian type)

too large or too high set

round eyes

too long or too thin

too short tail

too fine or silky lying flat
lack of coat (except in summer)

Scale of Points

general shape, shape of nose, chin
size, shape, placement
shape and colour
shape, size, legs, shape of paws
length and shape
quality, texture, length