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Long Hair Cat Breeds

Long hair cat breeds were first seen in Europe in the 1500's. The first long hair breeds - Angora cats - were named after the Turkish city of Angora (Ankhara). The first ancestors of the Persian cat were imported from Persia into Italy in 1620 and from Turkey into France. From there the Persian cat made its way into Britain. Persian cats and Angora cats were cross-bred and so another breed of long haired cat developed.

The gene that is responsible for long hair in cats is recessive, meaning that two copies of the gene would be needed to produce long hair. In other words, both parents would have to have the long hair gene. A cat with only one copy of the gene would be short-haired.

The list of long haired cat breeds include:

The American Curl

American Curl cat American Curl - Creative Commons user Cljk

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The Balinese

Balinese cat breed

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The Birman

Birman cat breed

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The Javanese

Javanese cat Female Adult Blue Lynx Point Javanese Cat from Wikimedia

The Maine Coon

Maine Coon cat

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The Norwegian Forest Cat


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The Persian


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The Ragdoll


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The Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex

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The Somali


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The Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora Turkish Angora cat from Wikimedia user Pablo1964

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The Turkish Van

Turkish Van

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The Domestic Longhair


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