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A List of Long Haired Cat Breeds

Updated on December 28, 2016

Cats are an extremely popular domesticated pet, in fact they are the most popular pet in the world. Over 70 million cats are kept as pets in America alone. Many people love cats for their independent nature and unique personalities. There are many types of cats - long hair, medium haired, short haired- and countless breeds. This article lists the major breeds of cats with long hair as well their personality traits and other facts about the breed.

A full grown Maine Coon cat.
A full grown Maine Coon cat.

The Maine Coon

Maine Coons are a long haired breed of cat that are known for their large size. The Maine Coon's weight averages 15-25 lbs for males and 10-15 lbs for females making it one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. Maine Coon's colors and patterns can include any color of another breed of cat. Though the Maine Coon is long haired it is not difficult to care for or groom, a simple brush twice a week will keep its fur looking beautiful and mat free.

Though extremely large for a domesticated house Maine Coons are known as "gentle giants", they are extremely loyal and loving towards their families and curios of strangers. Though Maine Coons are loving towards their owners they are not overly clingy or needy. One trait that individualizes Maine Coon cats are their extreme vocalization, they are known for being "chatty" and "talking back" to their owners.

The Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest cat is a beautiful long haired cat breed that is fairly easy to groom despite it's thick coat. A simple brushing everyday will keep this cats long hair tangle free and reduce shedding. The Norwegian Forest cat breed is known for it's intelligence and ability to adapt to most types of households from active households to homes with children. Although the Norwegian Forest cat is not particularly affectionate it does enjoy the company of people, it is the type of cat which loves to be in the same room as their owners but not too close. This long haired cat comes in almost any color and a variety of fur coat patterns and usually weighs between 10-20 pounds with males being considerably larger than females.

A Himalayan Cat.
A Himalayan Cat.

The Himalayan Cat

The Himalayan cat is a very desired and popular long haired feline which means if you want one of these cats from a reputable breeder it may cost you a pretty penny. This cat comes in many different colors and patterns. Grooming is required for the Himalayan since it is a long haired cat however a simple brushing a few times a week should suffice. Male Himalayan cats weigh about 12 lbs with females weighing in at 8-12 lbs.

Himalayan's are the best of both worlds when it comes to cat personalities. These cats are lap cats but are not overly clingy and are okay with sprawling out alone if you are busy.

A full grown Ragdoll cat.
A full grown Ragdoll cat.

The Ragdoll Cat

The Ragdoll long-haired cat is the stereotypical lazy cat. Ragdoll cats love to lounge around all day although some Ragdolls may be active, especially while young. These cats are long haired so like most other long haired cats a simple brushing once or twice a week will keep their coats from shedding and free of tangles. Ragdolls are known for their sticking blue eyes and white and brown coat, although they can come in other colors.

A Domestic Long Haired Cat
A Domestic Long Haired Cat

The Domestic Long Haired Cat

The Domestic Long Haired Cat can be described as the equivalent to a dog "mutt" . This breed has no specific ancestry and come in all shapes, colors and sizes. They come in colors such as but not limited to tabby, smokey, multicolored etc. While this "breed" is not a specific breed per se I still felt it important to add to this list because many people still recognize it as a breed although you can not register this breed with any official cat organizations.

American Bobtail Cat

The American Bobtail cat was first bred in the 1960s. The American Bobtail is a large cat with a distinctive short bobbed tail. These cats are known for being very active and love to play games such as fetch with their owners and have strong hunter instincts making them great cats for mouse catching and farm life. Unlike some breeds the American Bobtail is not a cat that enjoys solitude, the American Bobtail is usually a very social cat who loves to be around its human family and needs adequate attention. The American Bobtail is a mild mannered cat and very easy to train to do tasks such as fetch and walk on a leash.


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      QuirkyMooki 5 years ago from United states

      I miss my Maine Coon so much! He chewed a hole through the window screen one night and never came back. It was unusual and I suspect someone stole him. But thank you for sharing the photos! Nice Hub.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I love cats and can never resist looking at their pictures. These look purrfect and I enjoyed. Voted up and beautiful

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I have always dreamed of a Maine coon, but now I have three "normal" house cats and one is having kittens soon. Enjoyable hub with beautiful cats!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ohhh..such beautiful photos of gorgeous creatures. I have always loved cats...all kinds, sizes, shapes, ages, sexes and long or short hair. Cats are great companions, very intelligent, curious animals. Thank you for teaching us a little about the ones you've showcased here. UP Useful Awesome Interesting and Beautiful