A look at breeds and varieties of blue cats.

Coat and Color (Click on each image for a more detailed example)


British Shorthair

COAT:The coat is short, very dense, well bodied, and firm to the touch. Not double coated or woolly.COLOR: for cats with special markings: 5 points for coat color and 10 points for markings. Shadow tabby markings in solid color, smoke, shaded, shaded golden, bi-color, or calico kittens are not a fault.

Solid - White; black; blue; red; cream; smoke; shaded silver; shaded golden; chinchilla silver; chinchilla golden; shell cameo; shaded cameo.

Tabby colors and patterns - classic tabby; mackerel tabby; spotted tabby; silver, sliver patched, and sliver patched tabby and white (all patterns); red tabby (all patterns); brown, brown patched, brown patched tabby and white (all patterns); blue, blue patched, and blue patched tabby and white (all patterns); cream tabby (all patterns) tabby and white (all patterns); van tabby and white (all patterns

Bi-colors and Parti-colors - tortiseshell, calico and dilute calico, van and van dilute calico, blue-cream, bi-color, van bi-color.

DISQUALIFY: Long or fluffy coat.Evidence of hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, the himalayan pattern, or these combinations with white. (individual colors may have additional disqualifications - these apply to all examples of the breed)


COAT: Medium-short and slightly woolly in texture (should break like a sheepskin at neck and flanks). Resilient undercoat; longer, protective topcoat. NOTE: degree of woolliness depends on age, sex and habitat, mature males exhibiting the heaviest coats. Silkier, thinner coat permitted on females and cats under two years.

COLOR: any shade of blue-gray from ash to slate; tips lightly brushed with silver. Emphasis on color clarity and uniformity rather than shade. Preferred tone is a bright, unblemished blue with an overall iridescent sheen. Nose leather is slate gray; lips blue; paw pads are rose-taupe. Allowance made for ghost barring in kittens and for tail rings in juveniles under two years of age.

DISQUALIFY: white locket


COAT: single. Hair is short in length, glossy and fine, lying close to the body. The coat over the spine is inclined to break as the cat moves.
COLOR: silver-tipped blue all over, the silver should be sufficient to produce a silver halo effect. The hair is usually lighter at the roots with a gradient of blue which is deepest just before the tips which are silver. Adults should be without shading or tabby markings. Allow for ghost tabby markings in kittens. Where the coat is short, the sheen of the silver is intensified. Undesirable: coats with silver tipping on only the head, legs and feet. Nose leather and lips: dark blue or lavender. Paw pads: dark blue ranging to lavender with a pinkish tinge.

DISQUALIFY: White spot or locket. Any color but silver-tipped blue.

Russian Blue

COAT: short, dense, fine, and plush. Double coat stands out from body due to density. It has a distinct soft and silky feel.
COLOR: even bright blue throughout. Lighter shades of blue preferred. Guard hairs distinctly silver-tipped giving the cat a silvery sheen or lustrous appearance. A definite contrast should be noted between ground color and tipping. Free from tabby markings. Nose leather: slate grey. Paw pads: lavender pink or mauve.

DISQUALIFY: Locket or button. Incorrect number of toes. Any color other than blue. Long coat.