German Longhair's breed portrait

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Origin and breed history

The German Longhair is a medium to large sized longhair cat. It is very close to the original type of the centuries-old longhaired cats of Russia and Europe. Although always rather rare, long-haired domestic cats have been known for a very long time. In Europe they were very highly valued at the courts of the nobility. In the past, all longhaired cats were called Angora cats. But they were different from today's bred longhaired cats like Persian, Maine Coon, Norwegian, Ragdoll or Turkish Angora. From their form they were comparable to normal domestic cats of today, just with a longer coat. Starting from England and France, these cats were bred since the end of the 19th century, however, heavier and chubbier, the heads became larger and especially shorter.

This is how the Persian cat came into being as we know it today. The zoology professor Dr. Friedrich Schwangart, a profound cat connoisseur, who among other things had published the manual with the first standards for pedigree cats in Germany, wanted to save the old type of the longhair. So he drafted the first standard for the Deutsch Langhaar cat in 1929. Since such cats of the old type still existed, already two years after the official breed presentation a Deutsch Langhaar male could be chosen as the Reichssieger of a cat show. With the upheavals of the Second World War these hopeful beginnings were lost for the time being. But there were obviously some remaining stocks until the recent time. In 2005, the Deutsch Langhaar cat was revived and has been bred since then.

It is very important to follow the guidelines and intentions of Professor Schwangart and to revive the vital, healthy longhair cat of the classic type. It looks like one is on a very good way here. Between 2001 and the beginning of 2017, more than 900 Deutsch Langhaarkatzen have already been registered in the stud books of various cat breeding clubs. In April 2012, the Deutsch Langhaar was officially recognized by the World Cat Federation. It is from the formalities the youngest breed cat in Germany, but from its roots even the oldest at all. It is cared for by the "Interessengemeinschaft Deutsch Langhaarkatzen", a subclub of the Deutsche Edelkatze e.V.

Description

The German Longhair cat is a medium to large breed. The standard wants

a large, muscular cat, with a long, rectangular body. The chest is round and well developed, the neck is strong. The legs are of medium length and muscular, the large paws are round, firm and hairy between the pads. The tail is of medium length, thick at the base and tapering slightly to a rounded tip.

Cats have a weight of 3.5 - to 5 kilograms, males from 4.5 to 6. The muzzle should also be rather short, but by no means extreme or even as extreme as seen in today's Persian. The eyes are oval, large and open. They are slightly slanted and widely spaced. In this breed all colors are permitted, as in the coat all colors are permitted. The DeutschLanghaar cat has a long coat, a ruff and knickerbockers. The easy-care coat is of shiny, silky texture and has undercoat. Compared to the Persian cat, the movement of a DeutschLanghaar is more fluid, the legs are slightly longer, the figure less stocky.

Character and temperament

The German Longhair has a very people-oriented, friendly and uncomplicated nature. The Interessengemeinschaft Deutsch Langhaar describes their nature:

Open and with a rather moderate temperament, she goes through life, but without being boring or even phlegmatic. She is sociable, well-balanced and has a pronounced social competence, which is why she usually feels most comfortable in the company of her two- and four-legged family. All this makes it a very suitable cat for apartment keeping, but it also enjoys a safe free run in the garden.

The German Longhair has a wonderful charisma and so is she in her nature.

Attitude

The German Longhair is an ideal house cat. It is undemanding and frugal with regard to its housing conditions. However, it needs a close relationship with its owners. She loves to be with people as well as the animal partners in her family. They are extremely sociable and get along easily with children, all family friends and animal housemates. However, the four-legged friends should have been accustomed to each other with patience. She doesn't have to be an outdoor cat to feel completely at home, but she won't say no to the possibility of roaming around in a garden. As with only a few pedigree cats, with a DeutschLanghaar cat you don't need to worry or feel guilty about possible illnesses caused by breeding or restrictions in the quality of life for your four-legged friend.

Education

The German Longhair cat can be educated very well, because it is intelligent, calm, sociable and people-oriented. If it comes from a reputable breeder who has well cared for and socialized the parents and puppies, it will naturally fit into the rules and habits of its family without any problems.

Care and health

The cat's coat should be brushed regularly.

Diseases typical for the breed

There are no data about diseases spread by breeding in this breed. The commitment of the IG Deutsch Langhaarkatzen gives reason to believe that here, according to the rules of breeding art, everything possible is done to obtain healthy and vital cats and black sheep of breeding, so far at least, have no chance.

Nutrition/Food

The German Longhair is a problem-free eater by cat standards.

Life expectancy

A Deutsch Langhaar should be very long-lived. However, reliable data are not yet available.

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