My first introduction to this magnificent cat was
via Russian judge Yanina Melnikova that was visiting our country
in July 2001. Whilst sharing a meal with her she showed us some
photographs depicting how shows were done in her country and amongst
her photos she proceeded to show me several photos of the most beautiful
Siberian’s, and that was it I was hooked the more I looked
at them the more I was impressed, I don’t think I had
ever seen anything so pretty. We discussed the breed for quite a
while and I have to admit I was so impressed to learn that this
was a strong healthy breed that appears to have no known genetic
problems that we see in some of the other breeds.
So off I went to the web to try to find out where I could get a
Siberian but to my dismay we were not even allowed to import from
the originating country of Russia. Australia does not allow
any imports from Russia. We have no provision to import from there
into Australia to date. So I then turned to the United States
and Europe I was so impressed with the cats I saw on different sites
in the U.S. that I decided that this was where I would go. To import
to here from the U.S. the procedure is long 150 days quarantine
in the country of birth, and then another 30 days once they arrive
Along the way to trying to find my new cats I came across several
breeders who were of great assistance to me and ended up accepting an
offer of a beautiful black silver tabby male who we have named
Sibano Czar of the Rings.
The next Siberian breeder I was to meet was Judy Chappetta,
who happened to be here judging at a show in our country.
I arranged to meet with her when we went to the U.S. in July 2002.
Whilst there we found a tortie/tabby Van who we called Cooncreole
Veronika and this was to be my first mate for Sibano Czar of the
Being a new breed into our country I realised that I needed a gene
pool as quickly as possible. Next came Katusha Black of Sibano (Tink).
We have had successful litters and two of the babies Miakoschka
Sylvstr and Miakoschka Silva Star are leaving our shores to live
with breeders in Sweden in December 2003. In June 2004 we will see
two new additions to our Siberian family with the arrival of Windrifter
Samson and also Sibano Zena Warrior Princess.
I know that we will look forward to promoting this
wonderful breed in Australia. The Siberian breed has been recognised
here this year with our cat control bodies and are able to compete
for full title status. I know that the Siberian cat will put its
paw print up there with the rest of the breeds we now see here in