Hair is billed as an accessory for humans; but when it comes to felines, luxuriously long coats bring cat fanciers to their knees. Today, we’re talking all about breeds with ‘dos to die for — and personalities that will make you purr. So, without further ado, let’s get to the mane attraction and meet some of those long-haired cat breeds below.
Dubbed the Wegie by adorers, the Norwegian Forest Cat is the pièce de résistance when it comes to long-haired cat breeds. On top of her extremely heavy, long-haired double coat, the Wegie sports tufted ears and paws, a plumed tail, and has a bit of mood ring-esque magic in her: that coat oftentimes darkens and lightens with the changing of seasons! Though she’s typically not a high-maintenance gal, during her heavy-shedding periods she may require daily combings to control her fabulous fur.
Fun fact: The Wegie’s heavy coat is a result of her need to stay warm in her ultra-cold Scandinavian homeland.
If there was a popularity contest for long-haired cat breeds, the Persian would take top prize for most recognizable. This breed is known not just for her gorgeous coat, but her glamorous persona (and loyal companionship!), too. Persian coats come in a variety of colors, but the most captivating part about Persian coats is the difference in textures. Some Persians sport soft, cotton-like coats (think fluffy bunny tails!), while others are shiny and silky to the touch.
Fun fact: The Persian’s luscious coat can grow up to eight inches long.
Known for his resemblance to a rascally raccoon, the Maine Coon is one of the largest domestic cat breeds, featuring a big-boned, well-muscled frame that keeps him tipping the scales at 20-plus pounds. Other fun features include heavily tufted ears, and full, feathered tails! A favorite among families with small children, the Maine Coon is a whole lot of cat, who is instantly recognizable due to his distinctive britches, neck ruff and tufted feet.
Fun fact: Despite his massive size, the Maine Coon communicates in meows that sound like chirps — surprising everyone who shares a convo with him!
The Ragdoll shares two commonalities with the Maine Coon: being one of the largest domestic cats and having the type of flowing fur that dreams are made of. That, however, is where the similarities end. While the Maine Coon is brawny, the Ragdoll is known for … going limp. In fact, that’s where she earned her name! Yep, Ragdolls are loose, relaxed and floppy when held. This long-haired cat breed has a reputation for hanging over the side of your arm ragdoll-like.
Fun fact: A Ragdoll’s favorite way to be held? Cradled like a baby, of course!
The Siberian is somewhat of a celebrity. Not only is he recognized as Russia’s national cat, he has also made appearances in Russian fairytales and literature over the years. And when it comes to that coat? Let’s just say he is 100% unique (with a touch of Norwegian Forest Cat traits)! Siberians have a triple coat to keep them warm during the frigid Russian winters, along with a full ruff, bushy tails and britches on their hind legs.
Fun fact: The Siberian’s coat is water-resistant!
Grooming for Long-Haired Cat Breeds
Long locks may be an intimidating sight when it comes to grooming, but the routine for grooming long-haired cat breeds isn’t much different than grooming short-haired cats. The difference really comes down to frequency: you’ll want to comb (a comb with both wide and narrow teeth is the best) and brush long-haired cat breeds daily to ensure that mats don’t settle in.
Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that long-haired cat breeds typically molt twice a year, in the spring and the fall. During this time, you may find these long-haired cat breeds shedding in large clumps — it’s nothing unusual. Having trouble with brushing? Choose a time (or times) in the day when your cat is most relaxed and content to make the process go smoother!
Tell us: Do you share your home with any long-haired cat breeds? Tell us about your experience with long-haired cat breeds in the comments.
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