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The Nebelung is a relatively new and rare cat breed with breeders in the United States, Canada, Russia and Europe. It is a breed recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA), the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), and the World Cat Federation (WCF), along with other independent cat associations throughout Europe.
Supposedly, the breed is thought to have come about as a result of cat breeder Cora Cobb. Reportedly, Cobb was impressed by the beauty of her own blue/grey cats, Siegfried and Brunhide. Both cats appeared to be Russian Blues, but with semi-long coats.
Loving the elegant coat, Cobb hoped to breed her cats for their long coats, and did so. In writing the standard for this new breed, Cobb standardized the Nebelung as a Russian Blue with the only difference being coat length. As a result, some view the Nebelung as a long-haired variation of the Russian Blue.
In terms of appearance, the Nebelung, as its breed standard says, almost emulates the look of the Russian Blue. The main difference between the Nebelung and Russian Blue is the coat length of the Nebelung. These cats are long, well-muscled cats with a soft, silky doublecoat. The cats can be on the bigger side, reaching upwards of approximately 20 pounds.
In terms of temperament and personality, the Nebelung, like its counterpart the Russian Blue, can be a playful and affectionate cat. They are also extremely intelligent. While Nebelungs may bond with family members, they tend to remain distant and wary of strangers.
When it comes to grooming, this cat needs a little taking care of. Due to his long coat, the Nebelung needs to be brushed once or twice a week with a comb.
The Nebelung is still a relatively hard breed to find. Should you find one, however, they could make great companions!