The Nebelung, a long-haired breed of cat, was first developed in the mid-1980s by Cora Cobb by crossing several breeds, including Domestic Shorthair and a Russian Blue. The first two, Siegfried and Brunhilde, were the start of what would become an increasingly popular breed. Although Cora originally received some resistance on the part of some breeders (especially of pure Russian Blues,) she nevertheless managed to successfully include the breed among several associations, including The International Cat Association (TICA,) Wold Cat Federation (WCF,) and several independent breeding associations throughout Europe.
Although breeders in other countries had similar specimens to those developed by Cobb, she was the one who actually composed the breed standard. In general, the standard was written along the lines of the Russian Blue, with a significant difference stemming from the length of the cat’s coat. It was recognized by the International Cat Association for championship competition in 1997. Several strains of Russian Blue have been added in various places to further enhance the gene pool.
Generally, the Nebelung displays the following physical characteristics (according to TICA:) study, the well-muscled body; silky medium-length coat with silver at the tips; long tail with a full, thick plume; ears that are large in proportion to the head and that continue elegant lines; and wide-set eyes. The World Cat Federation provides additional information, including eyes that are large, oval, and green; a dense undercoat; a purely blue color that is tinged with a silver (a medium blue color is preferred;) blue-grey nose leather; and lavender-pink toe pads.
They generally exhibit high intelligence, although they can be shy around children and strangers. Therefore, upon bringing the new family member home, be sure to allow her time to adjust to their new surroundings. However, once the Nebelung adjusts to its family, it will be a very loving and devoted furry companion, frequently followings its owner from room to room. Therefore, this particular cat breed is an ideal companion for both the individual and for families, provided that it is given love and attention. Be aware, however, that the Nebelung may not respond well to strangers, so try to introduce them slowly, to avoid stress.
For those interested in purchasing a Nebelung, be aware that though it is steadily growing in popularity, breeders are still rather rare. According to the Fanciers Breeder Referral List, there are currently breeders available in only the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia.