Origin: United States
Colour: Blue, Grey
A new American breed, the recently developed longhaired version of the Russian Blue. Similar in all respects to the Russian Blue, except for the coat length which is long and soft to the touch.
Domestic Breed: A new American breed, the recently developed longhaired version of the Russian Blue.
Appearance: Similar in all respects to the Russian Blue, except for the coat length which is long and soft to the touch. The blue-grey double coat has guard hairs that are silver-tipped, giving the cat a lustrous look.
History: This new long-haired cat was developed in the 1980s by American breeder Cora Cobb from a foundation pair called Siegfried and Brunhilde. Their ancestry can be traced back to a black female called Terri who produced a litter that appeared to be carrying Angora genes. One of her daughters, named Elsa, was mated to a Russian Blue male. They produced two litters including the male Siefried in the first litter and the female Brunhilde in the second. These were then acquired by Cora Cobb and used for further careful breeding to stabilize the new 'Long-haired Blue'. In 1987 it was finally given official recognition by TICA and looks set for a successful future.
Personality: Terms used to describe this breed include: calm, reserved, gentle, quiet, timid, affectionate, loving, adaptable and intelligent.
Colour forms: Only two are recognized so far: Blue (= light blue-grey, with a slight silvery sheen); White (= pure, glossy white)
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