I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love me some rescue kitties. That said, I do have a soft spot in my heart for some cat breeds. In honor of Colonel Meow’s life and overall awesomeness, here are some of the long-haired cat breeds that entice me, not just because of their looks but because of their amazing personalities, too.
What’s not to love about this beauty that looks like a Siamese cat with long fur and white boots and mittens? This gentle, intelligent cat is known to get along well with other pets and be quite adept at mastering tricks.
Oh my gosh, what’s not to love about these giant sweethearts? Of the long-haired breeds, the Maine Coon’s fur is among the lowest-maintenance. These cats are almost dog-like in their friendliness, and their easygoing nature has contributed to their long-standing popularity.
This is the long-haired version of the Russian Blue, one of very few purebreds I have an unabashed crush on. The Nebelung is a lap cat who enjoys a quiet life and doesn’t care for chaos and drama — a cat after my own heart! They’re known to be sweet, quiet and gentle.
No tribute to Colonel Meow would be complete without mentioning the awesomeness of the Persian cat. They’re known to be affectionate, playful and easygoing, although that fur is a little too high maintenance for busy families or people who don’t have the time for daily grooming. Aesthetically, I personally prefer Persians that have noses, like Colonel Meow, rather than the flat-faced variety.
This petite beauty is said to be a cross between the Abyssinian and some long-haired cats. Somalis have all the most awesome features of the Aby: They’re intelligent, athletic, energetic, curious and attentive, and incredibly loyal to their humans.
These chatty cats are known for being active and playful, and more than a little mischievous. They are very affectionate and need attention to feel safe and secure. Unlike most cats, Turkish Angoras have a reputation for loving water.
So, what’s your favorite long-haired cat breed? Do you have a gorgeous long-haired kitty you’d like to show off? Share your thoughts — and your photos or videos — in the comments.
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.