The Siberian is a domestic cat breed that has been present in Russia for centuries. The full name of the cat is the Siberian Forest Cat[dubious – discuss], but it is usually referred to as the Siberian or the Siberian cat. The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat, to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia. While it began as a landrace, it is selectively bredand pedigreed today in at least five major cat fancier and breeder organisations.
Known to be an exceptionally agile jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with strong hindquarters and large, well rounded paws. They have barreled chests and medium sized ears, broad foreheads, and stockier builds than other cats. They also have a slight arch to their body.