LONG-HAIRED CAT BREEDS

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Long-haired cat breeds include some of the most popular and populous of all domestic cat breeds 

Many of these breeds are ancient like the glorious Turkish Angora, and some are relatively new and very exciting like the awesome Ragdoll and the lovely, expressive American curl (not always long-haired). 

What makes cats with long hair so special?  Probably that many of them have been bred specifically for their companion qualities, and it shows. 

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Long-haired Cat Breeds A to Z

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These breeds feature full coats that may be quite long on some individuals, see also the Munchkin and Manx which have varying coat lengths.

FACTS ABOUT LONG-HAIRED CAT BREEDS

Long-haired cat breeds include some of the most popular and populous of all domestic cat breeds 

Many of these breeds are ancient like the glorious Turkish Angora, and some are relatively new and very exciting like the awesome Ragdoll and the lovely, expressive American curl (not always long-haired). 

What makes cats with long hair so special?  Probably that many of them have been bred specifically for their companion qualities, and it shows. 

There are lots of gorgeous long-haired cat breeds available including Angora cats, Himalayan cats and of course, Persian cats. 

Birman cats and Ragdoll cats tend to have dense plush coats. 

The Turkish Angora and Turkish Van cats have silky coats. 

The Persian, Maine Coon and Himalayan have full, long outer coats with plush undercoats. 

Some of these cats with long coats like the Norwegian Forest cat developed naturally and tend to require less fussing, while others like the Persian and Himalayan are more the product of intense selective breeding and need some special care when it comes to grooming and skin health. 

There are a few breeds not listed here like the Munchkin cat and the Manx that may have individuals with long coats, but are usually short coated breeds. 

Discover facts, photos and information about all the different kinds of cat breeds with long hair. Enjoy the journey and always remember...Cats Rule!

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A FEW MORE LONG-HAIRED CAT FACTS

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  • The Himalayan cat is not from the Himalayan mountains. Although their coat might be suited for the climb, they were developed in Europe, and named "Himalayan" after the rabbit of the same color
  • The Maine Coon cat is the largest domestic cat breed
  • It is said that the Birman Cat gets it's white paws from walking in the sacred temples of Burma where the high priests selectively bred them for beauty and size. Blue eyes, full coat and white mittens are a must!

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