Photo by Damien BOER

Nebelung - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA (but disputed)
Colors: Blue tipped with silver
Size: Small to medium
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately obedient

Nebelungs resemble the Russian Blue cat. Although they do need "getting to know" period, Nebelungs remain rather adaptable

Appearing in the middle of the 1980s, the Nebelung is rather a new breed, whose origin is still disputed. They resemble the Russian Blue cat very much, but a Nebelung's coat is longer. It is not so easy to get a Nebelung kitten nowadays because breeders of these cats are still quite rare.

Physical characteristics

Nebelungs are elegant cats of a small to medium size. They have a long body, a long tail and legs, and widely set yellowish-green or green eyes. Their ears are pointed and large in proportion to the head. In profile, the muzzle has no stop, break, or nose bump. A Nebelung's body looks well-muscled and sturdy; medium boning makes it graceful. Females look more delicate. Males weigh 8 to 11 lbs, and females weigh 6 to 9 lbs.


Nebelungs are considered to have a mild and quiet character; they will scarcely meow too much. With a temperament somewhat in the middle between the passive Persian and the hyper active Abyssinian, Nebelungs are intelligent, lively, playful, affectionate, and good-natured. These cats can live indoors easily enough. Generally shy with strangers, Nebelungs prefer their own family. A Nebelung kitten may take time to get used to its new home or owners; even mature cats may need so called "getting to know" period. However, they are still rather adaptable. Nebelungs will enjoy company of another cat with a similar cautious nature. Cats of these breed love to be petted and they will gladly sit on your lap (as well as sleep in your bed, if allowed to). They can also find it interesting to follow you from room to room like a shadow. Basically, this breed is not recommended for families with children and older people because loud noises make Nebelungs nervous. If properly introduced when kittens, Nebelungs get on well with cat-friendly dogs.

Coat and grooming

Nebelungs' double coat is long on the tail and a bit shorter (semi-long) on the body. It feels silky and has the blue-grey colour. Guard hair is tipped with silver. The coat is resistant to water and good for almost all weather conditions. Grooming twice a week should be enough.
Photo by Vanessa


Nebelungs are generally healthy, hardy, and long-living. They have few health problems and no known breed-related genetic diseases.

Other interesting facts

The breed's name is pronounced nay-bel-ung. It is a word derived from German that can be translated as "creature of the mist". This is quite an apt name for a feline that inconspicuously vanish into thin air as soon as strangers come.