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Cuban Blue
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A Cuban Blue being tested.


Common Nicknames

Azul Cubano, Cuba's blue cat

Cat (Felis catus)
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The Cuban Blue, or the Azul Cubano, is an experimental domesticated cat breed which was bred in Cuba.


[1]The Cuban Blue has a "blue" shorthaired coat but it can be semi-longhaired; it was registered in 2010, but re-announced in 2011 in Havana, Cuba and is a decent mix between the Russian Blue and Korat.

“They are very docile, very playful. They have a very agreeable personality,” said Angel Uriarte Rubio, president of the Cuban Association of Cat Enthusiasts, as he gently stroked a male Cuban Blue cat at rest in his lap.

So, last year, the cat association got serious about establishing the separateness of the Cuban breed by studying its body structure, fur qualities, eye shape and other details. “The structure of the body is different, as is the shape of the head. The color of all of them is the same, but, unlike dogs, the differences in cats are in the small details,” he told Reuters on Thursday.

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A Cuban Blue being held.

Last year, he appeared on television with a Cuban Blue and asked owners of similar cats to come forward. “They began to call from all over Cuba,” he said. The results showed that the Cuban blues were not scarce, but also not out there in great numbers.

Cat association member Olga Fernandez is leading an effort to breed the cats with the intent of producing first-class Cuban blues, which is to say those that more closely match the association’s standards. Predictably, she is swimming in cats, with 11 living in her apartment and another 21 in her garage. Not all are Cuban blues; some are strays she has taken in. It remains to be seen if the rest of the cat world will accept the Cuban blue as a new breed. There are four major cat associations worldwide, including in the United States, which is Cuba’s longtime ideological foe. But Uriarte said bad U.S.-Cuba relations should not influence decisions on whether the Cuban blue is a separate breed; “I don’t think cats have anything to do with politics,” he said.