This is a video from Animal Planet discussing the Siberian breed. It has some nice information. However, I will say I personally do not find the grooming and shedding as bad as they make it out to be in this video.
Siberian Forrest Cats have a triple coat. The fur on their belly has extra oil that was made to keep them dry in the winter, being originally from Russia. They are friendly cats that are outgoing and personable. While considered Hypoallergenic, it should be noted that Hypoallergenic means "designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few potentially irritating substances." Therefore allergens are reduced, not eliminated. Many people have no reactions to Siberians, while others may still.
Siberians are intelligent cats. Mine seem to have learned what my car sounds like when I get home and are meowing at the door as I am walking up to it. They also know that the kitchen counter is off limits, but they know if they follow me into the kitchen and talk to me while loving on me that they can talk me out of treats. Many of my friends have been shocked that my kitties do not shy away from strangers and crawl right into their laps. My babies also come when I call them. Siberians are the perfect mix of playful and cuddly, going from running laps after a laser pointer to snuggling in my lap while I rub their bellies, purring loudly.
Any questions please feel free to E-mail us. We would love to answer any questions you have about our cats or the breed.
Also, here is a link to the breed info on the TICA website.