When looking for a Siberian breeder you often come across people who work with many breeds and many types of animals. That is great, but here at Prekrasne I have been dedicated to the Siberian Cat since 2006. I have focused my time and energy on learning all I can about the breed in general and about my cats and my lines specifically.
I spent hundreds of hours pouring over pedigrees and databases to research the breed and lines to find the best combination of looks, personality, health, and genetic diversity. I am dedicated to keeping this breed as strong and sound as it was back in their native Russia.
As part of this commitment, I routinely bring in new, less used breeding lines rather than resorting to inbreeding/linebreeding. This is a substantial financial commitment, but well worth it. I believe you can use diverse lines without sacrificing the strong, Siberian conformation and temperament. Look no further than our own Amaranth as proof of this.
Health & Temperament
My belief is that beauty is important but it's nothing without health and temperament. Our breeding cats are screened for HCM annually and in many cases we have multiple generations of HCM normal/healthy cats. These screenings are done by a board certified veterinary cardiologist and requires 12 hours of driving and an overnight stay. We are thrilled to have access to Dr Jaio Orvahlo and Dr Sarah Miller for our cardiac screenings. I am also screening for PKD via ultrasound rather than DNA to rule out all forms of PKD rather than just PKD-1.
I work with lines we know have sound temperaments and work to ensure our kittens are socialized and can become loving members of their new homes.
I am proud to be the founder and administrator of the new Siberian Cat Info Site designed to provide a centralized database for North American breeders to submit the results of their HCM screenings and DNA results for PKD and PK Def so breeders can access information on Siberians used in breeding and make breeding decisions with as much information as possible. This database is in it's early stages and we hope it will continue to grow as our efforts increase. I also founded a group for breeders to share information on clinics, HCM research, sharing results, and providing information to encourage other breeders to increase their screening efforts.
Showing may not be for everyone, but when it comes to pedigreed cats (or any animal) it is what shows committment to the recognition and advancement of the breed. Showing means investing a great deal of time and money. It also means being willing to hear criticism of your cats in an effort to improve your breeding program. It means taking your cats out to be handled and socialized, to be ambassadors of their breed, and to help you both learn and educate. While it is great to say your breeding cats are "from World Champion lines" this does not show the dedication it takes to go out and have your cats judged and earn that Supreme or Grand. This commitment also means the breeder is concerned with breeding cats that meet the written standard of the breed and look Siberian.
At Prekrasne we have invested in showing and in working with others who do as well. I have had the good fortune to earn CFA Grands and TICA Supremes. i have also produced many additional Regional Winners and even an International Winner.
When you get a kitten from Prekrasne, you become part of our extended family. I am here for support, help, advice, and just to brag on your baby. I started joking that I should have a Prekrasne Family reunion because that's what it seems like to me. Because this isn't a business for me, but a real passion and a love of the Siberian breed.