known in England by the mid-19th century. At first the breed was known by a variety of names, including Spanish blue, Archangel, and Maltese. The cat has a distinctive light blue coat with guard hairs that give it a silvery sheen. The coat is double, dense, and silky, similar to the coat of a seal.
The Russian blue is an elegant cat with an angular, wedge-shaped head and vivid green eyes. Its body is fine-boned but muscular. Russian Blue is a gentle, shy cat with a loving disposition and a quiet voice.