The Nebelung Cat, the Creature of the Mist What Makes This Breed So Rare

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X-Small Breed Nebelung

Is The Nebelung Cat Good For You?

  • 1 Nebelung cats are reserved, careful, and quiet cats.
  • 2 The Nebelung cat bears some resemblance to the Russian Blue, a close relative.
  • 3 Nebelung cats take time to form bonds with their pet parents but then hold on to those bonds for life.


Nebelungs, named for the German word for โ€˜mist,โ€™ were first bred in 1985 when two long haired, green-eyed cats with bluish grey fur, Siegfried and Brunhilde, were discovered and bred together. The Nebelung, because of their relatively new origin, is still a fairly rare breed, only found in America and Russia. Despite that, they were still registered for championship status with TICA in 1997, a mere 12 years after they were first bred.

Quick Facts

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    Small, Medium

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    16 years or more

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    Hair Length


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    Litter Size

    An average of 3 kittens

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    Male Weight

    8 - 11 pounds

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    Female Weight

    6 - 9 pounds


The Nebelung is smart, well-behaved, and affectionate. They may be shy around strangers and should be allowed to approach new faces in their own time. They love to cuddle, and are always excited to see their owner, greeting them with their deep meow. While they are loving cats, they do not require a lot of attention, as they are more than happy to go off and do their own thing. .


The Nebelung is always a smokey, blueish grey color.

Health Concerns

Nebelungs are generally a healthy, hardy and breed. They have very few health problems and there are no known genetic diseases too.


Nebelungs are a medium sized, muscular, well built cat with a medium length coat and a thick, plumy tail that has a miraculously lustrous quality to it. Their face is angular and well defined, with a firm, blunt muzzle and wide set, erect ears. Their emerald eyes give their otherwise monochromatic appearance a splash of color. Their long legs and graceful body make them look like an exceptionally elegant breed. On average, this cat weighs somewhere around ten pounds.

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