Our cats are of show quality but we are breeding specifically for personality, and keeping the FEL d-1 levels lower by breeding only siberians with siberians that seem to have lower FEL d-1 levels.
History of Breed: The Siberian Cat is a common Russian breed, and it has appeared in some paintings depicting scenes of Russian life over the past few centuries. Some stories say they even took the place of dogs as watchers in Russian Monasteries. Siberians basicly have been imported into the United States only as early as the 1990's at the same time TICA, The International Cat Association, recognized the breed. The number has been growing since the demand of siberian kittens has been quite strong here in the United States. Physical traits of the Siberian: The Siberian Cat can come in many different colors, but it has common physical features. They have strong hind quarters which allows for agility. They can overcome obstacles with ease. They weigh typically 15-20 pounds with the females weighing in at the lower end and the males at the higher end. It takes a full 5 years for this cat to grow into its full physical state. They have pointy yet rounded ears and small eyes in relation to their body size. They also have large tummies. Their fur is medium to long and appears to have stripes. The fur can also vary with the season, thicker in the winter especially if kept outdoors (please use an enclosed sanctuary) and thinner in the summer. They tend to have dog-like behavior, greeting you at the door, learning tricks and head butting you. They do not have a typical "meow" sound and are quieter than other cats. Our siberians on occasion actually make a growling noise. Overall, they should have very sweet disposition. Hypoallergenic: Cats produce 7 different allergens. Scientists label these feline allergens fel d-1, fel d-2 and so on but the one that most people react to is the fel d-1. This allergen is in the felines saliva so as they clean themselves they are rubbing this allergen all over their fur and dander. Siberians typically are known for having very low levels of this particular allergen compared to other cats thus pruducing a hypoallergenic type cat. We have personally seen this work out for individuals with allergies to mild asma (I'm included) but there have been others with more severe allergies where this can create a problem , granted it may mean they are allergic to a different allergen that the feline is producing. We welcome individuals to visit our cats to finalize if this would work. Please refer to the siberian research foundation if you would like to view more information at siberianresearch.com Special Story: The strength and power of Siberians may be attested to a a story from 2003. In central Oregon, Rachel Tucker entered a sled pulled by 200 Siberian Cats as a publicity stunt in a competition there. No one but her expected her team to win, but the Siberian cats pulled through and finished the race in 22hours. This was one hour ahead of the nearest dog sled. She claimed that the outcome was due to rigorous forest training and the Siberians innate physical strength and abilities.
A note that the Siberian cat is one of the cats still the closest to its natural state.