9"- 11"

Adult Weight

11-15 pounds

Life Span

12-15 years


Athletic, playful, independent, intelligent



Medium to large short-haired


$800 - $1500

Personality and Temperament

Ussuri cats are rare indeed – in fact, this unusual cat is among the rarest breeds on the planet. They’re very difficult to find, even in Russia. In the unlikely event that you’re able to bring one of these cats into your home, plan ahead! These are not lap cats by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, they have a very strong prey drive and their instinctual need to hunt makes them poor candidates for life as a pet in a small, confined home. A large catio or a safe outdoor run might help ease the stress of confinement when free roaming isn’t possible. These wild-looking cats do have the ability to develop strong bonds with humans, typically choosing a single person to lavish with affection. Expect some surprises if one of these kitties makes its way into your family: When allowed to hunt, Ussuri cats present their favorite humans with a share of whatever they have caught. Discover more Russian cat breeds: Russian white, black and tabby cat and Russian blue


Ussuri cats retain the wild nutritional needs of their close relatives. These felines cannot survive on a diet of commercial kibble; instead, they require fresh meat and veterinary-formulated nutritional supplements.
Ussuri cats look after their own coats. Brushing might present a good opportunity for bonding, and if you begin handling from a very young age, you might be able to convince your Ussuri cat to allow light nail trimming and perhaps some toothbrushing. Don’t be surprised if your cat avoids your help with grooming, and don’t force the issue if they seem to dislike the attention.
These cats are natural athletes, with outstanding abilities. They require a safe space to run and climb, as well as high perches and sturdy scratching posts. Toys are a necessity, but average options might be too flimsy: Small dog toys designed to withstand tough chewing and clawing have a better chance at surviving more than a single play session.
Given the opportunity for a life that’s as natural and low-stress as possible, Ussuri cats can be very healthy individuals. Kept in confinement, they are at risk for severe stress and can develop problems with mental health. As the population is so low, there are no known genetic issues.


Affection Level 100%
Activity Level 80%
Pet-Friendly 40%
Kid-Friendly 40%
Sociability 80%
Intelligence 80%
Playfulness 80%
Independence 80%
Vocality 40%
Grooming 40%


The Breed Standard





Legs & Paws




Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Ussuri cat cost?

    How much does a Ussuri cat cost?Ussuri cats cost between $800 - $1500.
  • How big do Ussuri cats get?

    How big do Ussuri cats get?Ussuri cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Ussuri cat might weigh between 11-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 9"- 11" inches tall.
  • How long do Ussuri cats live?

    How long do Ussuri cats live?The Average lifespan for Ussuri is 12-15 years.
  • Do Ussuri cats shed?

    Do Ussuri cats shed?Ussuri are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.
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