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American Bobtail

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is a short-tailed cat, with a medium to large frame. Its tail should be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert, not exceeding the hock in length. The American Bobtail is an excellent example of breed development through natural selection -- a completely domestic cat with no wild strains in its background. Affectionate and gentle, this young American Bobtail will soon capture your heart.

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American Curl Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

American Curl

The American Curl gained CFA acceptance and has purred its way into the hearts of judges and cat lovers all in a short time. The American Curl originated in June 1981, when a spontaneous genetic mutation produced the breed's signature backward-curling ears. By 1986, two of the largest cat registries recognized the breed. This whimsical feline can be found in longhair and shorthair varieties and a rainbow of patterns and colors.

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Balinese

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Balinese

The Balinese gets its name from its sinuous flowing movement, which reminded early breeders of Balinese dancers. The Balinese's oriental body type, with a long, tubular body and a wedge-shaped head, is softened by the semi-long coat that graces its body. The Balinese head type is the same as the Siamese and includes a flat profile and flared ears. Traditional colors are seal, chocolate, blue and lilac points. Red, cream, lynx and particolor points are registered as Balinese in some associations, and as Javanese in others. The rascally longhaired version of Siamese is not only beautiful, but extremely intelligent and affectionate as well. Wondeful with both children and other pets, Balinese cats just seem to make friends with everyone.

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Birman Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Birman

Also known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma," Birmans are colorpoint cats, meaning they have a darker color on their tail, legs, ears and face, much like the Siamese or the Himalayan division of the Persian. In the cat-show world, the white front paws are referred to as gloves and the back paws as socks. Terms most frequently used to describe Birman cats are gentle, polite, affectionate and outgoing.

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Himalayan Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Himalayan

Depending on the association, the Himalayan may be considered a separate breed or a color pattern of the Persian breed. The Himalayan was originally developed from crosses between Siamese and Persians in an effort to transfer the pointed pattern to the Persian type. The Himilayan should have the massive build and flowing coat of the Persian no matter how it is registered. A wide range of point colors are accepted, including seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, cream and the combinations of particolor points and tabby (called lynx) points. Himalayans have the Persian's gentle, easygoing personality with an extra spark. (Also see descriptions for Exotic and Persian.)

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Javanese Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Javanese

Take one Balinese, dip it in the colors of the rainbow and you have a Javanese. The Javanese is everything that is Balinese, and then some. This breed appears in the lynx point and tortie point patterns, as well as red and cream point colors. The Javanese loves to show off with spectacular performances of acrobatic skills.

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Maine Coon

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is one of the most popular breeds at show tables. This shaggy feline shares its affection with the entire family, but elects a single person as its beloved owner. The Maine Coon sports four color classes: solid, tabby, tabby with white and particolor. Patterns include the classic tabby, the mackerel tabby and the patched tabby. The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed in America and has earned the nickname, "The Gentle Giant."

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Norwegian Forest Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat traces its ancient origins to Norway and has been tagged as a skilled hunter, intelligent, attentive and cautious. Nicknamed "Wegies," these cats sport a thick, heavy coat, almond-shaped eyes and sweet expressions. The Norwegian Forest Cat displays almost all colors and patterns. Extremely intelligent and alert, these classy cats will demand petting, head-butts and chin rubs.

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Persian Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Persian

The impressive Persian is a massively built cat clothed in a long, flowing coat. Short, heavily boned legs support the Persian's boxy body. The cat's head should be round, with large, round eyes and a short, snub nose. A sweet expression promises the easygoing personality for which the Persian is popular. Such a wide variety of colors are accepted in the Persian breed that they are divided for competition into seven categories: solids, silver/golden, smoke/shaded, tabby, particolor, bicolor and Himalayan. It is important to remember that this breed requires daily grooming.

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Ragdoll Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Ragdoll

The Ragdoll earns its name from its habit of relaxing to the point of utter limpness in one's arms. The Ragdoll's light-colored body has darker Siamese-type points on the face, legs, tail and ears. Remember, the Ragdoll is a strictly indoor cat; due to its extremely docile nature, it may often lack the ability to defend itself.

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Siberian Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Siberian

Living with a cat is quite pleasurable, but living with a Siberian cat is a rewarding, life-changing experience. A confident, problem-solving house clown, the Siberian can be your best friend. This breed is medium-large, with the overall appearance of great physical condition, strength and alertness, modified by endearing facial expressions. The Siberian is a natural breed and comes in all colors, from colorpoints to brown mackerel tabby. If you share your home with a Siberian, you will never be alone.

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Somalia Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Somali

Though its name would indicate an origin in Somalia, the Somali first appeared in the United States. However, it was named Somali because it derived from an Abyssinian. Despite its medium-length coat, it does not tolerate the cold. The CFA recognizes the Somali in four colors; ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Light and quick on its paws, the Somali is swift as a fox and every bit as intelligent.

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Turkish Angora

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Turkish Angora

The long coat of the Turkish Angora is like no other coat, with a sensuously silky, luxurious texture. Angoras are fine-boned felines, and surpass many other breeds when it comes to playfulness and affection. They quickly form devoted attachments to their owners, lavishing adoration. Seasoned Turkish Angora owners realize that firmness with these cats is an important part of loving them.

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Turkish Van Cat

LONGHAIRED CAT BREED

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van traces its ancient origins to the region of Turkey's Lake Van. A natural breed, the Van sports a full, brush-like tail as soft as cashmere. The Van pattern is all-white with colored markings restricted primarily to the head and tail. The soft and silky Van has a natural attraction to water, along with a voracious appetite due to a high energy level. These little comedians love to climb, so don't be surprised to find your Van napping on a door top.

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