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Nebelung
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History
The Nebelung (NAY-bel-ung) breed began the way so many of our breeds began¿a stray cat wandered out of the mist and into someone¿s home and heart. In the early 1980s a black domestic vagabond-turned-housecat named Terri produced a litter of three¿two shorthaired black females and one longhaired male. The father, another anonymous nomad, was thought to have been an Angora mix.

Terri¿s owner, Cora Cobb of Denver, Colorado, gave one of the female kittens, Elsa, to her son, and in 1984 this shorthaired black domestic produced a litter of kittens that included a blue semi-longhaired male kitten. Subsequently named Siegfried, this kitten became the Nebelung¿s foundation cat.

Elsa¿s next litter, fathered by the same shorthaired Russian Blue-type neighborhood Tom, produced a female kitten, Brunhilde, who possessed Siegfried¿s qualities and characteristics. By that time, Cobb was so taken with Siegfried¿s beauty and personality that she decided to see if she could preserve his qualities by breeding brother to sister. In May 1986 Siegfried and Brunhilde proved to Cobb that they bred true by producing a litter of three blue longhaired kittens. Cobb named the cat the Nebelung, a German word that means ¿creatures of the mist.¿

On the advice of TICA¿s genetics chairperson Dr. Solveig Pflueger, to whom Cobb turned for guidance in establishing her new breed, Cobb wrote the Nebelung¿s standard to match the Russian Blue¿s, almost word for word except for the coat length and the general opening description. TICA accepted the Nebelung for registration in September 1987.

At first, the Russian Blue breeders were cautious about accepting Cobb¿s newcomers and Cobb had difficulty finding a breeder who would provide registered Russian Blue breeding stock. Finally, the owner of Supreme Grand Champion Vladimir of Castlecats agreed to offer her cat for stud with one of Brunhilde¿s daughters, who produced a litter in June 1988.

Since then, the number of Nebelungs has slowly grown and, despite setbacks, 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, France.

Only a handful of breeders are currently working with the Nebelung, but breeders are expecting that number to grow and hope to achieve recognition with CFA within the next few years.

Personality
Nebelungs are mild, soft-spoken, and gentle. They are generally reserved around strangers, ranging from hiding-under-the-bed timid to warily eyeing intruders from a safe distance. Given humans¿ unpredictable behavior, this could be interpreted as a sign of extreme intelligence.

To their family, Nebelungs are like Russian Blues¿affectionate and playful although not intrusive. They tend to bond with a select few humans and stay loving and devoted throughout their lives.

Conformation
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, and possesses a dense undercoat. The bright blue color is contrasted with silver-tipped guard hairs and therefore the coat catches the light, giving it a luminous, misty quality. Even with a dense undercoat that makes the coat stand away from the body, the fur resists matting and does well with a good once-a-week brushing.

Although eyes with no green are penalized, kittens may have yellow eyes that deepen to green as the cats mature. By four months, a green ring should have appeared around the pupil.

General
The Nebelung is a distinctly elegant cat with an angular, modified wedge-shaped head consisting of seven flat planes. Its most outstanding characteristic is its coat.
Body
Shape foreign; length long; boning fine; musculature lithe; slender. Note cat will appear chunkier due to density of coat.
Head
Modified wedge with flat planes; straight nose and flat forehead forming two planes; muzzle medium length, no break.
Ears
Almost as wide at base as tall; appear pointed; slightly rounded tips; size rather large; set far apart, as much on side as top of head; furnishings sparse.
Eyes
Almost round, just oval enough to show Oriental slant; size rather large; set far part. Color green.
Tail
Straight, tapering from a rather thick base to slender tip; size slender; length long.
Coat
Medium-long on body with fluffy tail; texture fine, soft, silky.
Color
Even bright blue throughout with lighter color preferred; guard hairs are silver-tipped, giving the coat a lustrous appearance.
Disqualify
Any white spots or lockets; full penalty for eyes with no green.
Allowable Outcrosses
None.

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