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The Nebelung kitten (NAY-bel-ung) is a medium-longhaired domestic cat with brilliant green or yellow eyes, and a luscious silky grey-blue coat frosted with silver. The name “Nebelung” is derived from the German word for mist or fog—Nebel--and a medieval Germanic saga poem called the “Nibelungenlied.” The goal of the Nebelung cat breeding program has always been to produce a blue cat of the same type as those imported from Russia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the conformation, physical traits, and personality of the Russian Blue, but with a thick shimmering coat of medium length added.
Devoted to their owners and family members, the highly intelligent Nebelung cat can be quite shy with strangers and young children. In time, the playful Nebelung will become a loving companion, cuddling on human laps for petting, and often following its owners from room to room to remain in their company. They are active, affectionate, good-natured, gorgeous cats.
The story of the Nebelung breed began in the early 1980s when Cora Cobb, not a professional breeder yet, gave a black domestic shorthair named Elsa as a gift to her son. Elsa mated with a Russian Blue, producing a litter of five black and blue mostly shorthaired Nebelung kittens. However, one kitten in that litter was born with medium-long blue hair--a beautiful, large kitten with long legs and a long, full tail. Cobb kept this curious male cat and named it Siegfried, and when Elsa gave birth to Brunhilde, another blue longhair, she also took Brunhilde home. These two would become the first breeding pair of Nebelungs.
Siegfried and Brunhilde had their first litter together in 1986, and produced three blue longhaired kittens . After she consulted with The International Cat Association's (TICA) genetics chairperson, Dr. Solveig Pflueger, Cobb was asked to write the breed standard. She chose to keep it nearly identical to that of the Russian Blue, except for the part in which coat length is described.
The Nebelung was recognized by TICA in 1987, but Russian Blue fanciers were hesitant in accepting the new breed. Furthermore, they were reluctant to crossbreed their cats, making it harder for Cobb to continue developing the fledgling Nebelung line.
Finally, in 1988, the owner of Supreme Grand Champion Vladimir of Castlecats agreed to offer her a Russian Blue to cross with one of Brunhilde's daughters. Since then, the Nebelung has increased exponentially in number and popularity, and the breed has caught worldwide attention. The Nebelung has appeared twice on the front cover of a Japanese cat magazine, and Nebelungs were shown and sold at the 1989 TICA cat show in Paris. Only a handful of Nebelung breeders are currently working with the Nebelung cat, but that number is expected to grow. TICA recognized the Nebelung for championship competition in 1997. However, it has yet to be recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association—a goal that Nebelung advocates hope to achieve in coming years.
The Russian Blue was designated as an official outcross for the new breed, and this allowed the addition of foundation cats as an important way of developing the gene pool. The late 1980s saw the beginnings of the cat fancy in Eastern Europe and a redevelopment of the Russian Blue created an influx of foundation cats to that breed. Some of these new foundation Russian Blues carried the longhair gene and provided a valuable new source of bloodlines to help advance the development of the Nebelung breed too.
When considering the Nebelung, the operative word is l-o-n-g: long, graceful neck and body, long legs, long coat, and long tail. The overall size is medium and the body is powerful and well-muscled. The coat is medium-long across the body and longer on the tail, with lighter-colored guard hairs. The overall appearance is sleek, sturdy, and muscular. The long, strong body of the Nebelung is draped with a silky medium-length blue coat shimmering with silver at the tips. The long tail has a full thick plume that gracefully balances the long body. The ears are large in proportion to the head and continue the elegant lines of the head and face. The eyes are wide-set, range in color from yellowish-green to darker green, and impart a look of sharp intelligence to the face.
The primary difference in conformation between the Nebelung and the Russian Blue is coat length; otherwise, the standards are almost identical. Whereas the Russian Blue's coat is short and dense, the Nebelung's fur is medium-long, silky soft, and possesses a dense undercoat. The bright blue color is contrasted with silver-tipped guard hairs, which make the coat catches the light and give the fur a luminous, misty, almost mystical quality. Even with a dense undercoat that makes the coat stand away from the body, the Nebelung’s fur resists matting, and does well with a good once-a-week brushing.
Males and, to a lesser extent, females, also have a ruff around the neck. Tufts of fur are found behind the ears and in between the toes, and the hind legs sport furry “pantaloons.” The Nebelung’s coat does not reach full maturity until it is approximately two years old. The weight range of the Nebelung is large: from five and a half pounds for small females to as great as sixteen pounds for large males (with the average male weight being eight to eleven pounds). The typical life-span of a healthy Nebelung is sixteen-plus years. Eye color takes a few months to develop as well: kittens may have yellow eyes that deepen to green as the cats mature. By four months, a green ring should appear around the pupil, and the eyes may take on more green as time passes. (The TICA standard calls for green eyes for showing, but yellow-eyed Nebelungs make terrific pets.)
Nebelungs are lively, playful, affectionate, good-natured, and extremely intelligent. The cat's mild-mannered state and somewhat subdued personality may not always reflect the high level of intelligence found in the breed. In spite of the fact that it is an active cat, it can live very well indoors. Nebelungs prefer their own families and often keep a distance from strangers, sometimes even hiding under the bed for periods of time. They tend to bond with a select few humans and stay loving and devoted to them throughout their lives. A Nebelung will enjoy the company of another cat that shares its quiet personality, but it may be uncomfortable in the presence of rowdy dogs or highly active cats.
Nebelungs are very good communicators and will remind their owners of problems or issues that concern them. This may happen often, since Nebelungs can be very picky about such things as litter cleanliness and food type. The Nebelung kitten likes to have its needs attended to on a regular schedule, and its needs may be a bit fussy at times. This is a cat that likes routine, and may require a little time to adjust to changes in the household. Early socialization with all members of the household, including other pets, can help it to become more adaptable as an adult.
Nebelung kittens should be socialized individually and consistently by their breeder. It is not unusual to have a Nebelung kitten react by retreating to a private space when meeting a new potential owner for the first time, but the kitten should not be observed to retreat from the breeder. Warmth towards the breeder is a good sign that the kitten has been raised with the kind of personal attention that it needs and deserves. Nebelung Kittens need time to adjust to their new homes and should be allowed to make their own advances to new families at their own pace.
Nebelungs can get very lonely if left on their own for long periods of time. So if you work full-time and are considering getting a Nebelung, it would be best to consider getting two—or one Nebelung cat and another peaceable kind of cat. The ideal owners for this lovely pet are families with older children, people with a quiet and established lifestyle, and senior citizens. The Nebelung cat will show a lifetime of loving affection and devotion to the right kind of owner.
With thanks to:
barron’s encyclopedia of cat breeds, j. anne holgren