Nebelung cats are long-bodied, medium-sized and muscular. Their long legs end with rounded oval paws that feature tufts between the toes. Nebelungs appear to stand and walk on the balls of their feet. The tail is long. Males weigh 8 to 11 pounds; females weigh 6 to 9 pounds.
A Nebelung’s head is more pointed, but the long hair suggests a round appearance. The muzzle is medium with puffy whisker pads (this makes the females look pouty). Ears are large and pointed. The eyes are medium sized, slightly oval looking and widely spaced. Their eyes turn a vivid green when they reach maturity, which is at two years (or even older). A yellow-green mix can occur sometimes.
The Nebelung coat is medium-long, silky and blue to the root. Guard hairs are tipped in silver to give the coat a luminous look. The double coat is resistant to water. The outer coat of fine hair is shortest at the shoulders. The hind legs appear to be “wearing pantaloons.” The hair on the tail is long. Males have a noticeable neck ruff, on females it’s less noticeable. Their coat can take up to 2 years to fully develop. Lighter blue feathering behind the ears is seen rarely.
In the early 1980s, a shorthaired black female named Terri gave birth to two shorthaired black females and a longhaired black male. One of the females was given to a Denver computer programmer and named Elsa. In 1984, Elsa produced a litter from a neighborhood tomcat. In it was a shorthaired cat that looked like a Russian Blue. Both Elsa and the father must have possessed the recessive gene for long hair because the litter of six contained five black or blue shorthairs and one longhaired male. The programmer kept the longhaired kitten and named him Siegfried. At maturity, Siegfried was big with long legs, medium-long hair, a long tail and had a loving personality.
Elsa’s next litter (of seven) contained a longhaired female. Her hair was lighter, longer and silkier. Named Brunhilde, the two (after a move to Texas) produced a litter of three longhairs. Siegfried, Brunhilde and the breed were named after her favorite opera, Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung.” Nebelung is loosely translated to “creature of the mist” in German. Russian Blues that possessed the recessive gene for long hair were added to broaden the gene pool and to improve the breed’s conformation.
Nebelungs are sweet, gentle companions that are playful and affectionate without being intrusive. These cats will wait until you’re ready to receive them! They aren’t impressed with strangers, needing a safe place and plenty of time to acclimate. Once they know they can trust you, they become devoted to you. They typically bond to just one person and give that person their all.
Some Nebelungs prefer laps, most want simply to sit beside you, observing. Don’t mistake their reserve as indifference. They do need your affection and attention; they don’t like being left alone for too long. If you’re looking for a perfect companion, Nebelungs prefer the company of other Nebelungs or Russian Blues; they like their friends to be intelligent and cautious too.
Nebelungs dislike disorder and change more than most other cats. It takes them longer to adapt to newness. Loud noises makes them very nervous. They do much better in households with no young children. A Nebelung can do well with a cat-friendly dog provided that the introduction is done right — and when the Nebelung is a kitten. When introducing any kind of change to these creatures of habit, time and much patience is the name of the game. It is well worth it though, a Nebelung is truly an amazing cat to love and be loved by.