The Nebelung is a close relation to the Russian Blue, with whom they share their Russian origins as well as their magnificent blue colouring and silvery shimmer. Their fur is mid-length and silky, and does not tangle. This elegant and affectionate cat truly appreciates the company of humans. Despite loving family life, they prefer calmness.

Key facts about the Nebelung

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Temperament :

Affectionate Calm

Type of coat :

Naked Short Long

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Origins and history

Their origins are the same as those of the Russian Blue and, like most other breeds, they are quite fuzzy. The latter came from Russia by boat at the end of the 14th century and was reportedly raised by the British.
The Nebelung was born in the United States, thanks to Siegfried and Brunhilde, the pair of cats belonging to Cora Cobb. Links are made with other blue haired cats coming from Russia. The first Nebelung of the Netherlands, in the 90's, came from the same country. A Dutch kitten proved to be a bearer of the "long hair" gene, confirming that the Russian Blue can carry this recessive gene, which does not necessarily express itself.
Currently, this is a rare breed, with only a few breeders around the world. In France, for example, the first kittens were born in 2008.

Physical characteristics of the Nebelung

  • Nebelung

    Adult size

    Female : Between 10 and 12 in

    Male : Between 10 and 12 in


    Female : Between 7 and 9 lb

    Male : Between 9 and 13 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour



    Their elongated body is muscular and their frame is fine. Their triangular head seen from the front, is adorned with two ears as wide as they are high, with "lynx tips" at the back. The contours of the face has seven facets, like the Russian Blue. Their gray nose overhangs the famous smile typical of this breed, caused by the corners of their mouth which go up slightly. Dark lilac pads complete their long legs. The tail is medium in size but fluffy and thick at the base.

    Good to know

    The Nebelung is nothing but a Russian Blue with mid-length hair. The name comes from German, "nebel", which means mist and has links to fantasy creatures of German legends.


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      Very affectionate towards their owners and family.

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      This cat will enjoy a daily play session with their owner with whom they love spending time.

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      This cat likes to spend the day lounging in a cozy place, and enjoys a quiet environment to which they’re so attached.

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      They can prove themselves to be bright and active, but only when they want to be.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      More or less distant towards strangers, a good socialisation from an early age can improve this character trait.

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      Very attached to their owners and comfort, they don’t appreciate loneliness. This is the perfect pet for someone who has time to spend with their cat.

      Behaviour of the Nebelung

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        The meow of this cat is sweet, melodious and rather discreet. But the character traits are specific to each cat, depending on their personality and experience.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        This lively and active cat needs to use up energy everyday through play or an interactive bowl.

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        Tendency to run away

        Not very keen on adventure, they far prefer time spent with the family to lone walks in nature.

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        Greedy / Gluttony

        This cat has a good appetite which can lead to weight gain if not controlled.

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          Nebelung and cats

          Being so calm and tolerant, they can cohabitate with other cats. As long as they are well introduced and the environment is appropriate for having multiple cats, of course.

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          Nebelung and dogs

          As long as they have access to high points and the introductions are well carried out, they can get along with dogs.

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          Nebelung and children

          Their playful side will appreciate the company of gentle children but they won’t appreciate the stress and noise of some children.

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          Nebelung and the elderly

          This relaxed feline is the perfect cat for laid back and elderly people.



          On average, the price of a Nebelung kitten is approximately £100, the price often varies according to the lineage, the breeder, the age or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will cost an average of £25/month to support the needs of the Nebelung, by offering a quality diet and making sure to keep your cat healthy.


          The silky fur of the Nebelung does not tangle, which does not exempt them from a weekly brushing, especially to avoid the ingestion of too much hair when they groom themselves. This moment will allow you to check the cleanliness of the eyes and ears of your cat.


          Shedding is slightly more significant during the moulting periods, but it can be helped by brushing the coat to remove dead hair.

          Nutrition of the Nebelung

          Due to their great appetite it is important to give your cat a balanced diet, good quality food that is low in fat and sugar.

          Health of the Nebelung

          Life expectancy

          This robust cat can live for over 15 years.

          Strong / robust

          Their silky coat helps resist the cold.

          Tendency to put on weight

          They can put on weight if they are not given an appropriate diet, or if they aren’t exercising enough.

          Common illnesses

          This breed is not subject to hereditary illnesses. To date, they would not be the victim of any particular disease. On the other hand, as it is a new breed, it is difficult to be entirely sure.
          However, they can contract, just like all other domestic felines, all the pathogens and illnesses that exist in cats.


          This cat can also be bred with Russian Blues as long as they have a blue coat.

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