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Norwich Bulletin - 1/21/2007

The Nebelung

I am willing to bet that only a small handful of people have ever heard of the Nebelung cat. I had never seen one until I became involved in a rescue a few weeks ago. And I fell in love. Anyone who loves the Russian Blues and likes a long haired, bigger, cat, would like the Nebelung. Like the Russian Blue, they are solid blue (gray) with incredible green eyes that are simply amazing.

I received a call from a close friend that asked me to help a Nebelung breeder in Chicago. She is only allowed to have nine cats where she lives, and she was over her limit. She had six young neutered males that she would like to see placed in a home. I agreed to take them if she could get them to Connecticut.

After a long trip with quite a few people helping to get them here, Helping Paws learned first hand what a nice, friendly, sweet breed of cat this is. We have updated their shots, had them all tested and gotten them professionally groomed. Anyone who has ever wanted a rare breed cat and is looking for a laid back companion, should consider a Nebelung.

Where did they come from? Cora Cobb had a black Domestic Shorthair cat and a cat that was very similar to the Russian Blue. When they got together they produced a long haired cat that was big and outstandingly beautiful. The cat looked like a long haired Russian Blue. A repeat breeding produced a little female with soft silky long hair. From these two cats an idea formed and a breed was born.

After a long search, Cora found a Russian Blue breeder willing to let her use her top male show cat. From this litter, five kittens became the foundation. Another search yielded a Russian Blue kitten who had longer hair than usual. And so the uphill battle to create the Nebelung breed began, and long haired “Russian Blues” continued on.

When Eastern Europe opened up Cora found out some startling news. It seems that their have been long haired Russian Blues being bred with the Shorthairs. In 1994 a Nebelung was imported from a Dutch breeder and pictures of many different long haired Russians were exchanged. The news that this breed was as natural as the short haired variety of Russians was unexpected and welcome news for Cora and other Nebelung fanciers.

Nebelungs began to be shown in The International Cat Association and after a lot of hard work, they reached championship status. Native Russian Nebelungs were accepted as stud book cats, meaning they and their descendants could compete for championship titles. But titles were not the reason that Cora kept on with this breed.

She felt that the Nebelung was a special kind of cat that needed to be cultivated and preserved. Beautiful, reserved with strangers but loving and loyal to its owners, the Nebelung is very popular with those who own them. In fact, it is said once you have been owned by a Nebelung you will always want one in your lap.

The Nebelung has a long body, long legs and tail, with broad shoulders and a head with the flat planes of the Russian Blue. The semi long hair is blue (gray) and tipped with silver and compelling green eyes. They are highly intelligent and loving to its humans, but can be shy around strangers, especially children who might move to fast for the cat. Most Nebelungs are lap sitters, loving to be petted. And they enjoy sleeping in their owner’s beds.

There are very few Nebelung breeders. You can find out more information by going to The International Cat Association’s website. And you can see the pictures of the cats that are available for adoption at www.listnow.com/helpingpaws. It’s a great way to have a rare breed cat and a loving companion.

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