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13 Long-Haired Cat Breeds with Luscious Locks (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Long-haired cats are beautiful cats that are always worth admiring. Unfortunately, many people’s knowledge of long-haired cats starts and ends with the Persian. Although the Persian is a lovely cat, we know of other wonderful long-haired cats that are worth mentioning.

We’ve made a list of 13 long-haired cats that should receive just as much attention and recognition as the Persian cat. Get ready to learn more about these cats with luscious locks and their unique histories and personalities.

The Top 13 Long-Haired Cat Breeds

Our list of long-haired cat breeds isn’t exhaustive. There are so many wonderful long-haired cat breeds for you to get to know. We just wanted to get the ball rolling and spark your interest.

1. American Curl

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Average Weight: 5 – 10 pounds
Average Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Coat Type: Double coat

American Curls are a very young cat breed that first appeared in the 1980s. They have a genetic mutation that causes them to have curled ears. These ears quickly became an endearing feature, and the American Curl became registered by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1986.

This cat breed also has long, silky hair. The long-haired variety of this breed has a double coat, but there’s a minimal undercoat, so they aren’t heavy shedders.

People also call American Curls the “Peter Pan” of cats because of their lively and friendly personalities. These athletic cats love to play and often bring a lot of joy and laughter to their households.

2. Balinese

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Average Weight: 8 – 15 pounds
Average Lifespan: 8 – 13 years
Coat Type: Single coat

The Balinese cat is a close relative to the Siamese cat and even shares similar personality traits as the Siamese. They have long, silky coats that people just can’t stop petting. Fortunately, Balinese cats tend to love being with their owners and receiving attention from them, so they welcome pets and cuddles. They’re also very intelligent, curious, and athletic.

This combination of traits makes them fun and quirky pets. For example, many Balinese cats are vocal and like to meow entire conversations with their owners.

3. Birman

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Average Weight: 10 – 12 pounds
Average Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Coat Type: Single coat

Birmans have a long and soft single coat that doesn’t mat easily. They also have other adorable physical features, including four white paws and striking blue eyes.

The history of the Birman remains mysterious, but Burmese legends regard this breed as sacred temple cats. Perhaps this is the reason why they’re accustomed to receiving attention and adoration from their families. They tend to become attached to their owners and can get jealous if they don’t show them enough attention.

4. Chantilly-Tiffany

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Average Weight: 8 – 12 pounds
Average Lifespan: 7 – 12 years
Coat Type: Single coat

These cats have an impressive coat that doesn’t require too much maintenance. It’s a single coat that doesn’t mat easily, so they do well with one or two brushing sessions in their weekly schedule.

Many believed the Chantilly-Tiffany was extinct until someone rediscovered them in the 1960s. People have bred these cats ever since to make sure they don’t disappear again. However, they’re still a rare sight to see.

If you have the chance to meet a Chantilly-Tiffany up close, you’ll notice how striking its appearance is. These cats have a beautiful mane around their necks, a bushy curled tail, and uniquely yellow-colored eyes.

5. Himalayan

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Average Weight: 7 – 12 pounds
Average Lifespan: 9 – 15 years
Coat Type: Double coat

This cat breed looks similar to Persians. However, they have the color point markings of a Siamese cat. They have a luxuriously thick coat that requires daily grooming because it mats easily. The Himalayan has a round appearance but don’t let this round shape fool you. This cat breed has big bones and is very strong.

A Himalayan cat named Colonel Meow once held the Guinness World Record for the cat with the longest hair. Colonel Meow’s fur measured at an impressive 9 inches.

6. Japanese Bobtail

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Average Weight: 6 – 10 pounds
Average Lifespan: 9 – 15 years
Coat Type: Double coat

There are short-haired and long-haired varieties of Japanese Bobtails. The long-haired variety has an incredibly soft and smooth coat with a little undercoat that doesn’t shed too much except during shedding season.

The Japanese Bobtail has a relationship with people that extends throughout history. It’s a common belief that the first of these cats helped keep rats away from rice paper scrolls in Buddhist temples. They also helped protect the Silk Road from rats in the 1600s.

Today, these cats haven’t lost their helpful nature. They enjoy being around people and tend to assist and accompany them wherever they go. Japanese Bobtails also have iconic and unique tails. Just like human fingerprints, each Japanese Bobtail’s tail is distinct from the other.

7. LaPerm

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Average Weight: 8 – 10 pounds
Average Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Coat Type: Single coat

The LaPerm is a long-haired cat that also has uniquely curly hair. Their hair is the longest at the base of their ears and tails, and they have a shaggy and charmingly rugged look.

The LaPerm has origins of being a working cat that would chase mice and other vermin. To this day, they’re curious and intelligent cats that love to play and chase. Owners should be cautious of having small pets because these cats are likely to pounce at anything that gives the slightest movement.

8. Maine Coon

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Average Weight: 9 – 18 pounds
Average Lifespan: 9 – 15 years
Coat Type: Triple coat

This cat is the largest of domestic cat breeds, but they’re very friendly and affectionate despite their intimidating size. Maine Coons come in various colors and patterns and have a beautiful long coat with longer wisps of hair at the tips of their pointed ears.

Adult Maine Coons have a shaggy triple-layer coat. They need weekly brushing and monthly baths to keep their coats in a healthy condition. Fortunately, Maine Coons tend to enjoy water, so bath time can be a fun bonding experience for cat and owner.

9. Norwegian Forest Cat

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Average Weight: 12 – 16 pounds
Average Lifespan: 14 – 16 years
Coat Type: Double coat

Norwegian Forest Cats have unique long coats that are shiny and water-resistant. They also have a dense undercoat that keeps them warm in the winter. This coat makes Norwegian Forest Cats heavy seasonal shedders, and they usually need brushing about twice a week.

Their grooming regiment may be demanding, but these fluffy cats have calm and relaxed personalities. They play well with other pets and show a lot of patience towards children.

Many people love these cats, and they’re the national cat of Norway. They’re also in Norse mythology. Their myths depict them as magical, and they’re favored companions of Freya, the Norse goddess of love, fertility, battle, and death.

10. Nebelung

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Average Weight: 7 – 15 pounds
Average Lifespan: 11 – 18 years
Coat Type: Double coat

Nebelungs have a beautiful signature blue-gray long coat. Their shiny coats can also have hints of silver on the tips of the fur.

Nebelungs are a relatively new breed, and they’re pretty rare. They’re also not known to be social, so you might not ever catch a glimpse of them if you’re a visitor in their homes. They do form strong bonds with their owners, but they aren’t needy. Therefore, they usually do well with owners who are often outside of the house.

11. Ragdoll

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Average Weight: 10 – 20 pounds
Average Lifespan: 12 – 17 years
Coat Type: Single coat

These sweet and affectionate cats have incredibly soft and silky coats. They shed regularly, but it’s not an excessive amount. They have relatively low-maintenance coats for long-haired cats. Weekly brushing and occasional baths should be enough for them.

Ragdolls come in many different beautiful colors and patterns, and they all have stunning blue eyes. They got their name because they tend to go limp when someone carries them. The last thing they want is to be left alone. They love attention, so they absolutely won’t mind when people pet their luxurious, soft fur.

12. Selkirk Rex

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Average Weight: 10 – 15 pounds
Average Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Coat Type: Double coat

These cats have thick curly coats that look similar to sheep’s wool. Although their fur looks coarse, it’s actually very soft. They shed heavily in the summer and shed moderately throughout the rest of the year. Their dense coats require brushing several times a week to prevent tangling and matting.

Selkirk Rexes are patient and loving cats that enjoy being around people. They also have a goofy side and have brought laughter to many people with their silly antics. Their love for playing with cat wand toys and chasing laser pointers will keep both them and their humans entertained.

13. Siberian

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Average Weight: 8 – 17 pounds
Average Lifespan: 11 – 18 years
Coat Type: Triple coat

The Siberian is an ancient breed that’s been around since the year 1000. They originally lived in the harsh and cold Siberian climate and needed long, thick coats to keep themselves warm. They have a thick triple coat that requires brushing several times a week.

Today, you can find these cats in many households all over the world. They’re beloved family members who love to accompany people as they go about their daily lives. Siberians are both calm and playful. Many of them become great therapy cats. At the same time, they can also make nearly any household item into a fun toy.

How to Care for Long-Haired Cats

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Long-haired cats have different grooming needs from their short-haired counterparts. However, not all of them require long hours of daily grooming. Here is some basic information on how to groom long-haired cats.

How Often Should a Long-Haired Cat be Groomed?

Not all long-haired cats have the same grooming needs. Grooming will depend on their coat type and how often they shed.

In general, cats with single coats don’t require extensive grooming. Their coats typically don’t mat easily. They just need weekly brushing to remove any debris and keep their fur untangled.

Cats with double and triple coats require more attention. These cats will need brushing a couple of times a week. They also tend to be seasonal shedders, so you can expect heavy shedding at certain times of the year.

Grooming your pet is a process that they either love or hate.

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Do Long-Haired Cats Need Haircuts?

For the most part, long-haired cats don’t need haircuts. They typically do well in hot weather as long as the indoor climate of their homes is at a comfortable temperature.

Cats may need haircuts if they have serious matting. Cat haircuts should be done by a professional groomer. If you stick with a cat’s routine grooming needs, you can avoid such trips to the groomer.

How Often Should I Bathe My Long-Haired Cat?

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As a general rule of thumb, long-haired cats with a single coat will benefit from baths, but they won’t need them as often. Some of them will just need an occasional bath every once or so.

Cats with denser coats with multiple layers will require more baths. Baths will help reduce matting and clear away any oils that get trapped in the fur. Make sure to know what your cat’s coat looks like in a clean and healthy state. Once you notice that it’s looking dirty or the texture feels different, it’ll be time for your cat to take a bath.


Long-haired cats have irresistibly soft and silky coats, and many of them don’t require a lot of maintenance. Along with great looks, these cats have great personalities. So, don’t just admire them at a distance. Get to know them! They can be fun and entertaining house cats and loving and doting companions.

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