The Blue Tabby Russian
Below is a quotation from the article by Mavis Jones
"Love is a Russian Kitten".
"The ancestral coat pattern of all cats is tabby.
Black cats are really tabby cats without the tabby inducing
gene and blue is a dilution of the black. Therefore the Blue
Russian had to be preceded by the black which originated
from the tabby. To date we have test mated all four colours
the tabbies, the blacks, the blues and the whites."
Dick and Mavis Jones had bred and kept blue tabbies
but had not tried to gain recognition for them as they were, up to 1983,
working on gaining acceptance for the whites and blacks.
recognised blue tabbies were two females, Rovene Viktoria and Rovene
Alexandra, born on the 15th of February 1984, bred by Mrs Velma Strupis.
Her white stud (masking tabby) Rovene Sniegs a 6th generation Russian
White was mated to his blue mother, Zebelia Za Meintyne and the two
tabby girls were produced.
Ramsallah Polar Viktor, 5th Generation Russian White, was the sire of
Rovene Sniegs and a direct descendant from the first white used in the
Myemgay Russian White breeding program. This can be seen in the
"bloodlines" information on our website www.riverlightrussians.com. I
was contacted by Bobby Mathers, a Russian breeder who had visited the
cattery and spotted the two tabby girls. So after many phone calls to
Mrs Strupis and the GCCF of SA we were given the chance to have these
had to abide by the rules of the GCCF of SA to gain recognition and a
certified pedigree for the tabby girls. We went to several meetings to
put our case and all of the affiliated clubs in the Governing Council
(around 10 at the time) had to vote to approve accepting the tabbies. On
the night of the final vote we were so nervous we could only wait at
home for the result. We were given strong support and encouragement from
the Sacred Siamese Cat Club, Foreign Shorthair Cat Club, Mt Gambier Cat
Club, Cat Fanciers of SA (the oldest club in the state) and many
individuals in all the different breeds. The next day I phoned Mrs
Judith Adams the secretary of the GCCF to find out the result. The vote
of all the clubs was unanimous to accept the tabbies.
So the Russian
Tabby gained acceptance on the 25th of March 1985 and given the breed
number of 16d by the GCCF of SA. The number covers all the patterns for
both blue and brown tabby. This acceptance also granted the tabbies
I was thrilled and that day phoned Dick and Mavis Jones to tell them.
Dick was pleased and was going to start to gain recognition for the
tabbies with the RAS in NSW as they still had one blue tabby female.
Unfortunately this never happened as later in 1985 Dick Jones passed
Rovene Alexandra (pictured above), 1st generation Striped Blue Tabby, on
her first birthday 15 February 1985, gave birth to two blue tabby males
the best of these was kept for breeding: Riverlight Boris, 2nd
generation Striped Blue Tabby. His sire was Aislinn Nikolai Platov.
Boris gained his champion status and was mated to one of our blue
females, GdCh Riverlight Natja, giving us our first spotted blue tabby,
Riverlight Mara born 21st September 1986, 3rd generation.
The spotted blue tabby is the one I find most desirable and the marking
I have continued with until today. I researched the tabby genes and
found the spotted to be recessive. It was nearly 8 years before
Riverlight Mara gave me another spotted tabby. Riverlight Maroussia was
born on the 27th of July 1994 and was our 4th generation blue tabby. She
was mated back to her father and two blue spotted tabby girls were born.
The best of these was kept to breed: Riverlight Belaika, 5th generation
Back in 1986 Riverlight Boris was mated to GdCh Riverlight Nada Inskya,
producing Riverlight Grekov a male striped blue tabby. Grekov was mated
to one of our blue girls Riverlight Ritza and the result was Riverlight
Platov a male striped blue tabby.
I now had my first chance to breed two blue tabbies together and the
result should only be spotted tabbies. Riverlight Belaika (5th
generation spotted) was mated to Riverlight Platov (4th generation
striped) and on the 27th December 1998 Riverlight Laika was born. It was
a long and anxious labour producing only Laika a 6th generation spotted
at an early age developed beautiful spotted markings and went on to gain
two titles of Champion and Premier (after speying) and we are hoping she
will advance to Grand Premier this year (2007). She has won many special
awards at shows and has twice been in the top ten cats.
Laika was mated twice to the same blue male Riverlight Akirov. The first
mating gave us Riverlight Catya, female 7th generation spotted blue
tabby, the second mating gave us Riverlight Danilov, male 7th generation
spotted blue tabby. Riverlight Catya was mated to Riverlight Dargay a
blue male and on the 21st December 2005 gave birth to Riverlight
Fleurette, 8th Generation spotted blue tabby female. Fleurette is
pregnant and is having her kittens today, having been mated to our blue
male GoldDbGdCh Tushbah Mi Uragan.
Laika's son Riverlight Danilov mated Riverlight Nikita, the best blue
female I have bred. On the 19th December 2005 Riverlight Fayette, female
8th generation spotted blue tabby, was born.
Sadly in October 2008 Laika passed away after a short illness. She
will always be remembered as a wonderful personality and one of the
foundation cats of the Blue Tabby lines ... she will be missed.
found in my early years of breeding that the blue tabbies from
matings between; blue tabby to black, blue tabby to brown tabby
or blue to brown tabby not desirable matings to get the best
blue tabbies. Blue tabbies from these matings tend to have a
dark ivory patina in their coats which I consider to be most
The blue tabbies I have developed have pale blue coats, with
plenty of silver sheen with the spotted markings plentiful but
small and soft looking. The spotted blue tabby Russian is a very
pretty cat and it has given me great pleasure in developing.
Today’s Russian Tabbies are all descended from these 2 original
cats. Riverlight Laika (above) is typical of the quality
of the Russian Blue Tabby today.
Grand Champion Riverlight Fayette is our current show cat and is a good
example of the Russian Tabby today.
At present I have put the blue tabby program on
hold. Breeding will take place some time in the future as we have
one blue tabby stud: Ch. Riverlight Hugzinov.
development of the Russian Blue Tabby by clicking
For pictures of
the Russian Blue Tabby click here