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Domestic Longhair

History

Domestic Longhair kittens are one of the cat breeds that started with mixing breeds, and they have developed over the years with natural breeding. They are based on the first cats that came to the United States with the Pilgrims, as are other breeds such as the American Shorthair.

Domestic Longhair cats are related to the Domestic Shorthair breed and either of these two breeds can produce kittens of the other.

Appearance

The main difference between Domestic Longhair cats and other kitty breeds such as Domestic Shorthairs is their long, fluffy coat which is due to a recessive gene. Because of the breeding having developed from mixing with a variety of cat breeds, Domestic Shorthairs have a great range of appearances. Their coats can come in every pattern and color available and physically they do not have one particular body type or facial expression as the prominent breeds from a particular cat’s ancestry is what determines the appearance of a Domestic Longhair. Like most kitty breeds, males are usually larger than females but both usually range from between 11 and 22 pounds.

Because of their long fluffy coat, Domestic Longhair kittens require much more grooming attention to keep their fur smooth and tangle free. If you adopt one, you will need to spend 20 minutes or more each week brushing their fur in order to avoid tangles.

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Personality

Because of their ancestry developing from a variety of cat breeds, Domestic Longhair kittens can have varied temperaments depending on their particular ancestry. You will find a wide range of personalities ranging from anything from docile and quiet to vocal and active. In addition, some Domestic Longhair cats will be more independent while others are more affectionate and social. One common characteristic, however, is that most Domestic Longhairs are very playful as kittens.

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