4 Popular Long Haired Cat Breeds

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4 Popular Long Haired Cat Breeds

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If you've always wanted a warm, fluffy, furball to curl up on your lap, then you're probably looking for a longhaired cat breed. Cats with long hair have luxurious coats, which are both silky and soft to the touch. Despite their cuteness and beauty, a longhaired cat is not suitable for every home. They require regular grooming to ensure their coats remain tangle-free. Also, the long hair may trigger dander allergies, which are exacerbated by steady shedding.

Nevertheless, if you’ve got the time to care their frisky felines, then consider adopting a cat from any of the following breeds:

Maine Coon

Despite their resemblance, they bare no relation to raccoons. Maine Coons have lots of muscle and bone weight behind them, along with lots of long and fluffy fur. Named after raccoons, these cats are mischievous and very clever. A full-grown Coon can weigh as much as twenty pounds. They also have tufted ears with a tail that looks like a feather.

Angora

Turkish Angoras are the oldest longhaired cat breeds in Europe. They have long and fluffy tails with pointed ears. This cat breed is prone to a unique mutation called heterochromia, which means one eye has a different color from the other. Angoras have delicate features and are simply elegant. They have a silky coat that doesn't require much care. Angoras are also very sociable.

Persian

This cat breed has a glamorous reputation for being luxurious and suave. Persian cats are calm and easy-going. They love to laze around, play, and pounce. This breed is quite loyal and loves to seek attention from their owners. They also have a lush coat that can grow up to eight inches in length, which has a cottony and silky texture.

Persian cats have a large skull, flat face, and chubby body, making them prone to sinus issues.

Domestic Long Hair

This is one of the most popular longhaired cat breeds in the United States. Due to their wide genetic mix, they are predisposed to any diseases or ailments which may occur due to heredity. This cat breed first appeared in Western Asia and was later imported to Europe during the 16th Century. Their breed was documented in Italy in 1521. Its characteristic long coat is thought to be a result of a genetic mutation.

Many cat breeds were brought over to America from Europe on the ship, the Mayflower. They were shipped over to protect farms and colonist’s foods from vermin and rodents. As more cats were brought over, natural breeding led to the creation of various American breeds. What's unique about the domestic longhaired cat, is that if it breeds with a short-haired cat and it results in a short-haired kitten, then it may develop long hair when it grows up.

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