| The Nebelung is an elegant
Semi-longhair cat with beautiful green eyes and a profile typical
for this breed.
The head is medium in length and wedge-shaped, the
forehead is flat. The nose is straight and forms, when viewed in
profile, a "typical" angle together with the forehead at the level
of the eye brows. The whisker pads are pronounced.
The ears are large and pointed, they are set to continue the outer
line of the head.
The eyes are medium sized and slightly oval. One notices their
beautiful green color. The eye color develops very slowly.
The Nebelung is medium in size, and the body is slightly elongated.
The cat gives an elegant and graceful impression, but has a quite
The legs are long and medium boned. The paws are oval.
The tail is at least as long as the body, it is covered with long
hair, which is longer than the fur on the body.
The coat is medium
in length, shorter at the front and becoming gradually longer toward
the tail. The coat is dense and soft (a so called "double" coat),
the top coat is silky. The hairs are fine in structure. The coat
shows a silvery shine, the feathery hairs behind the ears are even
paler. The breed does not display a full ruff, but has pantaloons on
the hind legs.
The coat color is blue with a silvery shine, mostly it is a medium
blue. The undercoat is shaded in a paler tone.
Even the breed has the same standard as the
Russian, except the coat, the Nebelung is NOT a longhaired variant
of the Russian. It is a man-made breed, bred with a well defined
purpose and plan.
The founder of the breed is Cora E. Cobb, USA.
The first Nebelung was Siegfried, a male, born 24th of August, 1984
in Denver, Colorado, in a litter of the black domestic cat Elsa with
a blue male looking like a Russian Blue. In January 1985 Brunhilde,
a female, was born from the same mating between Elsa and her
boy-friend. The first litter of Brunhilde and Siegfried was born in
May 1986, 3 Nebelung kittens.
Supported by Dr. Solveig Pflueger, chair of TICA's genetics
commission, Mrs. Cobb started her breeding program for this new
breed, which was called Nebelung on advice of Dr. Pflueger and got
the same standard as the Russian. To improve the type of the breed,
Russian Blue were used fro breeding.
Independently from the breeding program of Mrs. Cobb, Russian
Nebelung had been exhibited in Moscow already in 1995.
The Nebelung was recognized by TICA in May 1997.
Mrs. Cobb also used the Russian Nebelung in her breeding program,
when she acquired Winter Day Georgin from Natasha Stolyarova.
In the breeding program Russian Blue are used. In
most organizations the shorthaired kittens are registered as
Shorthair Nebelung and are not used for breeding Russian, they are
only used for breeding Nebelung.
You may read about the genetics crossing longhair with shorthair in
our chapter about
The Nebelung is a very quiet and intelligent cat,
which is rather shy and reserved against foreigners, but very
faithful and affectionate toward its owner. It will follow its owner
wherever he goes.
The Nebelung is an easy going cat, which does not
need excessive grooming. As it is a longhaired cat, one shall brush
her coat regularly to keep it glossy and shiny, and to remove dead
hairs from the coat.