ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Qualities of Some Long-haired Cat Breeds

Updated on September 20, 2011

Long Haired Cats

Though the long-haired cats have an overpowering dignity and allure, the nature of their physical built generally renders them less nimble than the short-haired foreign cats. It is not strange for a long-haired cat to set his sights on a tabletop, crouch for the daring leap, spring, and drop off in disgust when he overlooks his mark by a foot or so. Aiming at a sunny windowsill, they are very apt to plow headfirst into a wall. Sensitive to the silliness of their situation, they rarely make a second attempt until they have regrouped their forces and reappraised the situation. They hate looking silly.

Angora cat
Angora cat | Source


Angoras were the first long-haired cats on the European continent, coming along about three hundred years ago. The Persian was presented later. Most of our long-haired cats nowadays which we relate to as Persians are a cross between the long-haired wildcats of Europe and Turkish Angoras. Generations of cross-breeding and outbreeding practically wiped out the original Angoras that came from Turkey. The breed has been restored, but in white only. The body types of the two long-haired cats are different, and an Angora having a cobby (squat), Persian-type body is not fit as show material.

Persian Cat
Persian Cat | Source

Persian Cats

Persians are considered to be derived from cats that are still wild in southern parts of the Caspian Sea close to the Caucasus. They were taken back to Europe by the Crusaders returning from the Near East where it's alleged these cats inhabited in sultans' palaces. Long-haired cats stick to their royal ancestry and never allow you forget who they are.

Whether your cat is a Persian or a cross between a Persian and almost anything excluding a dog, it is quite suitable and very dignified to identify him simply as a longhair. The Persian type has a thick body on short legs having a silky, luxurious coat. The long-haired cats are gentle and loving with large round eyes and beautiful faces. They come in immense arrays of color and design, and appear like little whimsical lions. The tail or "brush" is dense with fur and affords the cat an aura of lordly pride. Among the more distinctive of the long-haired breeds is the Peke-Faced Red which was bred from a red tabby and red self. It bears a face like a Pekinese with a wrinkly muzzle and a snub nose that is indented or depressed.

Chinchilla cat
Chinchilla cat | Source

Chinchilla cat

A different glamorous breed is the Chinchilla, a soft, silky, white or silver-ticked cat having huge expressive emerald or blue-green eyes. Chinchillas seldom have to catch mice for survival; they are quite in demand for TV commercials. Their residuals alone maintain their mackerel diet.

Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coon Cat | Source

The Maine Coon Cat is another variety of long-haired cat, encountered mostly in Maine. Less cobby than the conventional Persian, their bodies are slimmer like the Angora. They come in self colors ( solid shades of one particular color) or tabby markings. Similar to the Down-Easterners with whom they live, they are strong and hardy. Among the personality characteristics that tells the Maine Coon Cat apart from others is his love for high areas. He's apt to pick out a high shelf or barn rafters for sleeping. The Maine Coon Cat is in no way related to the raccoon for which he has been named—they just share a passion for climbing.

Himalayan Cat
Himalayan Cat | Source

Himalayan Cat

This group of long-haired cats look more or less similar to the untrained eye, but there is one that is instantly recognizable and distinctive. This is the Himalayan, a fresh man-made breed first accredited by cat fanciers in 1957. This cat has blue eyes and the color markings of a Siamese, but the body and long-haired coat of a Persian. You could say a Himalayan is a shaggy Siamese. These are beautiful cats which appear to present the best of both worlds. They give the gentle, loving tendencies of long-hairs with the strange coloring of the Siamese. However, they're without the demanding nature of the Siamese.

Birman Cat
Birman Cat | Source

Birman Cat

Closely related to the Himalayan in look is the Birman. The Birman bears the Siamese coat pattern having long hair, but its paws are white, giving it the look of wearing gloves.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)