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 dedicated myself to the Siberian Cat since 2006. I have focused my time and energy on learning all I can about the breed.
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 bring in new, less used breeding lines rather than resorting to inbreeding/line-breeding. This is a large financial commitment, but well worth it. you can use diverse lines without sacrificing the strong, Siberian conformation and temperament.
Health & Temperament
My belief is that beauty is important but it's nothing without health and temperament. I screen my breeding cats for HCM every year. Most have many generations of HCM normal/healthy cats. I go to a board-certified veterinary cardiologist for all our screenings. I am thrilled to have access to 3 top veterinary cardiologists: Dr. Orvalho, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Paige.
I also screen all breeding cats for PKD1 by DNA and ultrasound.
I also seek out lines that have sound temperaments and socialize all kittens and expose them to life's routine sounds and sights. Temperament and health are both important parts of being a sound companion animal.
I am proud to be the founder of a health database to support North American Siberian breeders. Breeders submit the results of their HCM screenings and DNA results for PKD and PK Def. This way breeders can access information on Siberians used in breeding. I designed this to help breeders make educated breeding decisions. This database is in its early stages and I hope it will continue to grow.
As part of the database, I also founded a group for breeders to share information on health-related topics.
Showing cats may not be for everyone. But when it comes to pedigreed cats it shows commitment to the 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 to improve your breeding program. It means socializing and handling your cats. It means having cats that are ambassadors of their breed. It means both learning more about the breed and also educating others.
It is great that breeders have cats from "World Champion lines," but this does not show any dedication. It takes dedication to go out and have your cats judged and earn their Supreme or Grand Champion. It is important for breeders to know their breed standard and strive to meet it.
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 more 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.