The male of any breeding programme is often referred to as the ‘cornerstone’, because he should possess the most desirable qualities of his breed, to pass onto his offspring. We breed to meet the rather exacting standard of points of the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in America, and we take great care to ensure that the Russian Blue males which we include in our breeding programme conform to that description. The American, CFA standard calls for a finer-boned, more gracile Russian Blue than the UK-bred, GCCF standard of Russian Blue. With wider-set ears and rounder eyes, the CFA type of Russian Blue simply captivates with their pale silver, plushy coats and affectionate, outgoing temperaments. For more information about the difference in types of Russian Blue cat, please read our illustrated article.
Niki is the Cat Who Walks by Himself, and all humans are alike to him. He is a literary cat, who gets read Kipling, Lear, and other poems/stories about cats, which he enjoys very much, whilst closing his eyes and pretending to not listen to (unless I stop!). He is a tender, gentle boy, who loves the lady cats and they adore him. Niki earned his Champion title in CFA, but he prefers a quiet life at home, where he enjoys bird-watching and snoozing in his hammock, as well as games of ping-pong-football at 3am! He has a wonderfully soft, plushy coat which he prefers to not share with anyone other than his most trusted friends, and he gives a playful, inquisitive and affectionate temperament to his kittens, along with his lovely low earset and big, luminous eyes.
Niki is our senior and most mature daddy, and he has been a wonderful uncle to all of our other boys. Amongst his finest qualities is that he does not mark our home, and he has taught all our younger boys to not mark. All the little boys hero-worship Niki and think he is the coolest daddy-cat ever! He gets along with just about everyone, and his quiet, sweet nature has earned him a forever home with us. Niki loves to eat his crunchies from my fingers, and he is a joy to hand feed each individual crunchy to! To the perennial questions: “Who’s mummy’s baby?” and “Are you a good boy?” Niki’s responses would be: “What’s a boy?” and “Can I haz treat??”
Ysambre (AKA The Pug) is the son of our darling Zerberus Rosa Glauca, from whom he inherited his happy-go-lucky, purry temperament. Ysambre is living in his forever pet family, along with his spayed sister, where he can enjoy the freedom of his home but without the risk of accidentally mating any close female relatives. Our Puglet will return to us to make exquisite babies, and then he will be neutered. He is a placid and relaxed little boy, who loves to sunbathe and watch what other cats get up up to, rarely joining in, but keeping an eye on proceedings! He developed an interest in playing fetch lately, which is great fun! He likes an easy and peaceful life, and tends to defer to the ladies! We hope that he passes his daddy’s gorgeous, plushy pale coat and loving, happy temperament on to his offspring, as well as his mummy’s sweet open expression and refined bone-structure! The Pug and Niki get along really well, with Puggy-baby hero-worshipping Niki and trying to emulate his relaxed temperament. I can not express how affectionate this baby is. When he comes to stay with us, he sleeps holding onto my leg and he purrs non-stop whilst clinging to me like a limpet.
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