Nebelung: Cat Breed Profile

Characteristics, History, Care Tips, and Helpful Information for Pet Owners

The Nebelung Cat

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The Nebelung is a new and relatively rare breed. They are close relatives of the short-haired Russian Blue. They are known for being gentle and mild-mannered, but also playful and very affectionate with their immediate family members.

Breed Overview

Weight: 7 to 15 pounds

Length: Medium breed, with a long body

Coat: Medium-long soft double coat

Coat Color: Grey with silver tips

Eye Color: Green or Yellow-Green

Life Expectancy: 13 to 16 years

Characteristics of the Nebelung Cat

Affection Level  High
Friendliness  Medium
Kid-Friendly  Medium
Pet-Friendly  Medium
Exercise Needs  Medium
Playfulness  High
Energy Level  High
Intelligence  High
Tendency to Vocalize Medium
Amount of Shedding Medium

History of the Nebelung

The Nebelung is a very new breed of cat, and their name means 'creature of the mist' in German, as a result of their beautiful, shiny silver-blue coat.

In the early 1980s, a lady called Cora Cobb gifted her son a black domestic short-hair cat to her son. When this cat mated with a Russian Blue male, it resulted in one kitten from the litter having long, blue hair. Cora was taken with this cat, and she kept him and called him Siegfried.

In the mid-eighties, her son's cat had another litter, and this time there was a female kitten with the same type of hair. Cora also kept her and called her Brunhilde.

Cora started a breeding program with Siegfried and Brunhilde, and these cats were originally recognized as being pretty much like the Russian Blue, except for the difference in coat type.

This didn't go down well with some Russian Blue breeders, and the Nebelung was given status as an entirely new breed by The International Cat Association in 1987 and then, later, the American Cat Fanciers Association. It has yet to be formally recognized by the Cat Fanciers Federation or the overall Cat Fanciers Association, though.

Nebelung Care

The Nebelung, once they get to know you, makes strong bonds with their family. They often develop a particularly close attachment to one person and will follow them devotedly wherever in the house they go.

Although they are loving and loyal with those they know, they can be a little reserved, and sometimes even aloof, with strangers. It is not unusual for them to hide away when people are visiting the house.

They are known for being very gentle and undemanding, but they also have a playful side. You should make sure you have lots of appropriate toys and other forms of enrichment around the house to keep them stimulated, exercised and entertained.

Although they love receiving cuddles and affection when you are around, they are not a particularly needy cat, and they are generally happy being left while you go to work. They are a breed that is well-suited to apartment living.

Nebelungs are known to thrive on routine, and lots of changes can often make them feel unsettled and anxious.

This aspect of their personality, combined with their reserved nature around strangers, means that they benefit from early and ongoing socialization to help minimize the chances of them becoming a nervous cat.

While they can live happily alongside quiet and gentle children, and other cats or dogs, they are not a cat that needs or thrives on their company. Often they will tolerate them more than developing strong bonds. Consequently, they may be better suited to living in a house without young children or excitable, high-energy dogs.

The Nebelungs long, double coat can take up to two years to come in fully. They are not prolific shedders, but their coat will require regular weekly grooming to ensure that it does not become matted or tangled.

Their coat is very distinctive. It is thick, soft and shiny, and a striking blue color. Sometimes it also has silver tips, and this gives it an even more shimmering appearance. Males have a thicker ruff around their neck too.

The Nebelung is a medium-sized breed with a long and graceful body. They are very muscular, agile cats.

Common Health Problems

Because they are a new breed, Nebelungs have not had the chance to develop lots of inherited conditions. This means they are considered a healthy overall.

They are also known for their longevity. It is not uncommon for them to reach eighteen years of age.

It is important to ensure that you do not overfeed your Nebelung. Obesity in cats is common, and it can lead to a lot of related health conditions.

Nebelung are sometimes known for being fussy about their food, but, once they find something they like, they can easily become overweight if they are spoilt.

If possible, you should also try to get into a good dental hygiene routine. If your Nebelung tolerates having their teeth brushed, this will help to minimize the chance of them developing periodontal disease, which is one of the most often seen diseases in cats.

Diet and Nutrition

All cats need to be fed a quality, high-protein diet. They are obligate carnivores and should never be fed dog food. This will often not have a high enough protein content and could be lacking in sufficient additional nutrients that cats require in higher amounts, like Taurine.

Pros

  • Forms strong bonds with owners

  • Well-suited to apartment living

  • Intelligent and playful

Cons

  • Become nervous if under-socialized

  • Need a routine

  • Rare and difficult

Where to Adopt or Buy a Nebelung Cat

Because they are a new and rare breed, it may mean you have to wait to secure a Nebelung from a reputable breeder. You could also have to travel further afield to find one.

Their rarity means they won't often be found in rescue shelters either.

The Russian Blue is more common though, and you may be able to find this shorter-haired breed with a similar personality in a cat rescue somewhere across the country.

A good place to start your search would be through Pet Finder.

More Cat Breeds and Further Research

If you want to find out about other cats similar to the Nebelung, why not look into one of the following:

There are lots of wonderful cat breeds out there, and with a little research, you can find one that will be best suited to your home and lifestyle.