I really have acknowledge and stated several times that I realize technically
Cosmo is not a Russian Blue (or Korat or other all blue pure breed), or even a "Russian Blue Mix". I have read the breed standard, and I have educated myself on how stringent the rules are.
|They may ACT like Russian Blues or Siamese or again the Breed Flavor of the day ... but that doesn't make them members of that breed family any more than acting like you are French when you are not French makes you French. Make sense?
Incorrect analogy. I am American. My heritage is Irish, French and English (mostly Irish). I do not deny my heritage, though I am clearly english-speaking, caucasian American. That doesn't mean I try to pass myself as Irish, or French or English, but knowing where my roots lie is interesting (to say the least). What you are essentially stating is that because my maternal great great grandparents were pure blood Irish, and my paternal great great grandparents were Irish and English, that I am no longer Irish.
Or take my husband for example. He was born here and is American. His mother is 100% Cuban (she immigrated here in 1956). His father is 100% Puerto Rican (he came to NY in 1955). According to this argument, my husband should deny both heritages and mearly say he is an American (or Domestic House Human LOL). Even if that were true, even if "technically" he couldn't call himself Cuban & Puerto Rican, it wouldn't change the fact that his bloodline indicates he's both.
I was never talking about how the Cat acts -- his personality was just part of the equation on top of how he LOOKS. Obviously, I can't ask him who his parents were
There are questions I keep asking that haven't been answered. It doesn't even matter the breed or breed mix -- I'd just like to know, the most important being...How do you tell a double coat? I THINK he has a double coat, but am not exactly sure.
Vespa, I meant no offense to you. I've taken everything you said very seriously and have said quite a few times that this is just an exercise for fun... but regardless
of a strict breed standard, and the fact that I realize any offspring that are mixed would immediately no longer be Russian Blues, I think realistically it's safe to say that unintentional mixes have happened. I know the minute it does the kittens are technically
DHCs - but that doesn't change the fact they'd have Russian Blue blood running through their veins, inhereting traits from their lineage. For all we know Cosmo was the offspring of a Russian Blue (or Chartreaux or Korat or British Blue) dad and a DHC mom, by MISTAKE, by an OOPS, by a cat that ran away, by the owner of a cat they bought a RBlue as a pet that ran away, or before it got fixed mated with their other shelter rescue DHC. It most certainly happens. I presented the comparison to my friend who recently bought a pure bred Maine Coon. He loves the cat dearly and takes excellent care of his kitties, but it isn't yet neutered because it's too young. What if it were to accidentally get out or get stolen?
Added on edit (3:00pm 3/28) - because in reading even more about Russian Blues I thought it was interesting based on our conversation here:
Does the Russian Blue come in any other colors?
The true Russian Blue, produced naturally by Mother Nature, only comes in one color - BLUE, as their name implies. This is the only color accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association, and the Russian Blue Fanciers. There are some individuals, in other associations, that are hybridizing the Russian Blue with other breeds to produce a variety of colors and coat lengths.http://www.russianblue.info/russian_blue_faqs.htm
and another interesting link...
This may seem obvious, but over the years, some individuals have introduced additional colors and patterns into their breeding program by hybridizing with non-pedigreed domestic cats.
Others have taken domestic blue longhaired cats, mixed some Russian Blues in, and developed a breed recognized in some other associations as the Nebelung... <snip>
...There is absolutely no evidence of Russian Blues naturally occurring in any other color or pattern than solid blue contrary to whatever mythology some have chosen to create. In other words, if the cat is any other color than blue, then is is NOT a Russian Blue, but a domestic cat, perhaps with a little Russian Blue in it.
So, as I read that, Russian Blues are bred with other breeds. They don't result in "Russian Blues" but do result in other breeds or even "mixed breeds" with Russian Blue heritage.
Vespa, Please don't take offense to anything I've said. Nothing was meant as a personal attack against you.
And Imagyne, if you feel you need to close this post I do understand. Ultimately, it's not all that important to have hurt feelings over what my cat's heritage may or may not be. I will love Cosmo none-the-less.