The Siberian has been recognized in major cat registries such as TICA and the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).
Known to be an exceptionally high jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with well proportioned characteristics that include strong hindquarters and large stomachs. They typically weigh between 15 to 20 pounds (6.8 to 9.1 kg) for the males, or 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) for females. They are shorter and stockier than Maine Coon cats and Norwegian Forest Cats, even though they can attain approximately the same weight. Also, Siberians typically attain their full growth more slowly, typically over their first 5 years.
Siberians are generally intelligent, playful, affectionate, and loyal, leading many to describe their character as dog-like. They enjoy the outdoors to a great degree.
While there is no scientific evidence, anecdotal evidence from breeders and pet owners claims that Siberians are hypoallergenic. Siberian fur is textured, medium-long and usually tabby patterned. Their fur is plush, can have a wide range of coloration (including points), and does not have a tendency to mat.
The Siberian is reportedly hypo-allergenic. Many people believe that the breed produces less Fel d1, the primary allergen present on cats.
On average, a Siberian cat's litter consists of 4 kittens. Some litters, however, have consisted of as few as one and as many as nine kittens.
While Siberians are a fairly recent introduction to the US (1990) and thus relatively rare (although popular), the breed can be seen in Russian paintings and writings dating back hundreds of years. This sets them apart from breeds that are the result of fairly recent selective breeding.
There is an increasing interest in Siberians worldwide, and they are currently accepted in all registries.