Are you looking to add a long-haired cat to your family, but aren’t sure which breed is right for you? Look no further because I’ve got you covered, from the Brachycephalic Persian to the dainty Turkish Angora there is a long haired cat out there for every personality type.
One of the oldest cat breeds, the Persian dates back to the 1600’s. These beautiful cats have Brachycephalic heads which means their faces are squished in and flat. Though adorable, this can sometimes lead to breathing issues so keep an eye on your kitty and call the vet if you notice her panting excessively. For more information on cat panting, check out this “Why Do Cats Pant?” https://blog.pawedin.com/cats/why-do-cats-pant/
Persians are heavy bodied cats, which means they aren’t as active as some of their cousins, and they don’t usually enjoy a lot of climbing. These kitties are pretty lazy and enjoy nothing more than snuggling with their families. Laid back and sweet, Persians are normally great with kids and other pets. However, do keep in mind before getting one that they do require daily brushing to keep their fur from getting mats.
Ragdoll: This stunning cat breed is known for its enigmatic blue eyes and i gorgeous color points. A larger breed of cat, the Ragdoll often reaches 15-20 lbs at maturity. Slow to mature, Ragdolls aren’t considered adults until 3-4 years of age. Once mature, the ragdoll is a lazy breed of cat that enjoys sun bathing and snuggling with his owners.
This breed is a young one that was developed in the 1960s in California. These kitties are great with kids and other pets, and are known to go limp in their owners arms when picked up just like a child’s ragdoll toy. Grooming is a bit easier than the Persian with weekly brushings being enough to keep the Ragdolls coat free of tangles.
Selkirk Rex: This breed got its start in rural Montana in 1987. A Persian cat breeder found a feral kitten with curly hair and named her Miss DePesto. When Miss De was 14 months old she bred her to one of her Persians. The resulting litter had 3 normal kittens and 3 curly coated kittens proving that the rex gene was dominant and birthing the Selkirk Rex breed.
This breed comes in both short and long haired varieties. Both require weekly to biweekly grooming. These cats are thick bodied like the Persian, but a bit more playful. They love being cuddled and are great with kids and other animals if introduced properly.
Turkish Angora: Known as the ballerinas of the cat world, the Turkish Angora is as graceful as it is beautiful. Known for their gorgeous white fur and often bicolored eyes, these beauties will win your heart as soon as you see them. Though they are known for their beautiful white coats they do come in a variety of colors.
Angoras are very lively and people oriented. They love to play and will run all over the house chasing toys and climbing things. They enjoy following their owners everywhere they can and will make their presence known at all times. These kitties can be great with kids and other pets, but the can be quite dominant.
Maine Coon: The origins of this cat breed are a mystery, but one thing is certain and that is that these cats are one of the most popular in the United States. Known for their long water resistant coats and big beautiful eyes, the Maine Coon has been winning hearts since the 1800s. The most common coat color and patten is the brown tabby, but they come in a variety of colors.
When it comes to personality, the Maine Coon is a friendly but independent breed. While they do love a good cuddle they also enjoy spending time exploring on their own and hanging out in a warm patch of sun. These cats excel at play time and are easily taught to play fetch. Weekly grooming is necessary to keep their coats in tip top condition.
Norwegian Forest Cat: The official cat breed of Norway, this cat has been mentioned in Viking legends and mythology. These cats are very muscular, but unlike the Persian they are very agile and adept hunters. This breed has a dense coat that keeps them warm in the harsh Norwegian winters, but it is surprisingly low maintenance with just one or two brushings a week keeping it in perfect condition.
These cats are extremely loyal and bond closely with their owners. They love to snuggle and follow their owners around the house as they do daily chores. Norwegians are great with kids and other animals and are able to adapt to new environments relatively easily.
Domestic Long Hair: The mutt of the cat world this isn’t as much a breed as it is a description of a generic cat with long hair. These cats come in a wide variety of coat thicknesses, colors, and personalities.
If you are looking for all the love of a purebred cat without the pricetag this cat may be the one for you as there are thousands waiting in shelters across the globe. The good news is that most shelter staff will be able to help you choose the perfect long haired kitty for your family.
No matter what you are looking for in a long haired cat you are likely to find it with one of these amazing cat breeds. For more information on the Norwegian Forest Cat, Siberian and the Maine Coon check out this article (insert Feline Monsters: Norwegian Forest Cat vs. Siberian Cat vs. Maine Coon).