General The Russian Blue is an elegant short-haired cat with graceful stature and overall appearance.
Body The medium sized, slightly elongated cat has a medium solid, muscular body. The legs are long and slender, the paws are narrow and oval.
Tail The tail is long and ends in a slightly rounded tip.
Head The head is of medium length, with a flat skull. The flat forehead and the straight nose form a convex angle in profile at the level of the eye brows. Ideally the forehead forms one third and, the nose two thirds of the profile. The whisker pads are very pronounced, the chin is firm.
Ears The ears are large and slightly pointed. They are slightly tilted forward and set wide apart. The inner side is sparsely furnished, causing the ears to appear thin and almost transparent.
Eyes The eyes are large and oval. They are set wide apart. The colour is an intense green.
Coat The coat is short, silky and soft, standing away from the body. The coat is double (undercoat and top coat of equal length) and therefore appears to be very dense.
Colour varieties Blue, black and white. Blue: Pure, even blue, with a distinct silver sheen (the tips of the hairs have a silver tipping). A medium blue colour is preferred. Nose leather blue-grey, paw peds lavender pink. Black: Jet-black, with a distinct sheen, sound to the roots and without any rustiness. Nose leather and paw peds are black. White: Pure, sparkling white, with a glistening sheen, free from any yellow tinge. White kittens often have a coloured cap on the head, ranging from a few hairs to a considerable patch. This is normal, disappears with the growth of the first adult coat, and should not be penalised. Nose leather and paw peds are pink.
too deep set or protruding eyes
any tendency to squint
a close lying coat is a severe fault
black colour: Very pale undercoat in adults
white colour: Yellow tinge
Faults that exclude the certificate
close lying coat
eye colour not completely green
• any eye colour other than green
white lockets, medaillon
none Scale of points Body 25 points Head 30 points Eyes 10 points Coat texture 20 points Coat colour and tipping 10 points Condition 5 points