The gentle and affectionate Russian Blue is easily distinguished from others by its short, blue coat tipped in silver, and stunning emerald eyes. The unique head shaped, best described as cobra like, is a medium sized wedge; it is neither long nor tapering, short nor massive. The muzzle is blunt and flows into the wedge smoothly. There should be a slight upturn to the mouth that gives the cat the impression of smiling.
The ears are rather large, with tips that are more pointed than round. They are thin and translucent with little furnishing and set far apart, as much on the top of the head as on the side. The eyes should be wide set, and aperture rounded in shape. They should be a deep and vibrant green.
Russian Blues sport a fine boned body, long and muscular with a lithe and graceful carriage. The legs are long and fine boned, ending in slightly rounded paws.
The unique coat is short and dense, fine and plush; a double coat that stands out from the body. It has a distinct soft and silky feel and is an even bright blue throughout with silver tipped guard hairs that give a silver sheen or lustrous appearance.