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September 10, 2018 |4 min read |Veterinarian Reviewed

A Guide to Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid Cats

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One of the predominant traits of a Domestic Long-Haired cat is that it is simply a cat with long hair. No, really - that's it. These cats are not to be confused with the American Longhair or the British Longhair. 

Yes, they both have the word "longhair" in their namesake, but those cats are of pedigree. The Domestic Longhaired (or Long-Haired, Long Hair, etc) is simply a cat that is not purebred and has a lineage that cannot be traced, which will make it hard for them to get their DNA results when there is a special at 23andMe.

The History of the Longhair

No one quite knows where the Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid came from but there are a few theories. According to the ASPCA:
it’s thought that the recessive gene for long hair was naturally selected in cat populations hanging out in colder climates. In the northern reaches of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the luxurious coats of longhaired cats offered great protection from the weather.

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A Very Helpful Kitty

Not only is the Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid a special kitty but in history, they have proven to be beneficial to humans by helping control the rat population during the plagues.
Eventually, these beautiful cats made their way to the United States, finding their way over with the Pilgrims. Some of these cats went on to be the foundation for pure breeds like the American Shorthair, while others bred to cats brought to America from foreign countries.

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Grey Long Haired Cat
These lovely creatures are typically around 8 to 15 lbs, with males being larger than the females. The colors range in every hue and patterns are varied such as solid, tabby and patched tabby.
They even have varied body shapes and expressions. Basically, the only thing that ties them together in common is the long, luxurious hair that they sport.

Traits of the Breed

When it comes to the traits of the Domestic Long-Haired cat, it's like throwing a dart at the board while blindfolded. Some are very loving and some have a more standoffish personality. 
This doesn't mean that some are not affectionate - it's just that like human beings and their personalities, the Domestic Long-Haired cat is the same way and each personality will vary with each cat. 

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Their temperament varies widely, so some might be quite vocal while others remain quiet and stoic. One thing to keep in mind is that they are excellent hunters, so interactive toys are something considered to be a must-have to keep them engaged and happy.

Orange Long Haired Cat
The biggest thing is care of the cat's long coat and owners should spend time each week brushing it out to avoid matted hair. 20 minutes is the recommended time to spend on your Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid's coat.
There aren't any specific health concerns other than those found in any breed such as diabetes, chronic renal failure, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. These cats are a wonderful addition to any home. Just make sure you keep an eye on their health, have regular vet visits, and brush their coats every week. 
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Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.


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PrettyLitter's Veterinarian in Chief Dr. Geoff DeWire graduated UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 where he earned the Pfizer Clinical Achievement Award for Excellence in Veterinary Medicine.