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Prudent Pet Loves Domestic Longhairs

The second most popular cat in the U.S. has no clear-cut ancestry and descends from a mix of breeds.

The locks blessed feline also hails by the names of the long-haired house cat and long-haired moggie. They were originally bred as a house cat and originated in Europe during the early 1500s. The Domestic Longhair population increased in the 17th century because of The Plague in London, as the cats were the main protectors of the diseased rats.

Despite being a popular cat, nobody can seem to find the cause for their long-fur coat. Scientists believe it was developed from a recessive mutant gene because it helped them survive the harsh European winters.

Europe, 1500s

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About Domestic Longhairs

These kitties come in all colors of the cat rainbow; their mane has been compared to the Maine Coons.

Other than the Coon, the first specific long-haired cat breeds were the Persian and the Angora, which both derived from the Domestic Longhair. They’re known for their elegant look and playful demeanor, especially among other felines. Their average build and long, flowing coat contribute to the popularity of this breed.

Similar to their physical traits, their temperament differs between each kitty. Since the breed is somewhat of a mixture of different domesticated cats, their behavior is not unanimous across all Domestic Longhairs. This also adds to their health. Due to the wide gene pool, Domestic Longhairs are not susceptible to any genetic health issues.

Owning a Domestic Longhair

Domestic Longhair Health

Major Domestic Longhair Health Concerns

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity

Minor Domestic Longhair Health Concerns

  • Fur matting and skin infections
  • Urinary tract obstruction (more common in males)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Upper respiratory infections
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At a glance

Domestic Longhair Characteristics

  • Females: 8 - 10 inches
  • Males: 8 - 10 inches
  • Females: 8 - 12 pounds
  • Males: 11 - 15 pounds
Activity Level
  • Moderately active

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Pet Insurance for Domestic Longhairs

These big kitties may not live as long as their smaller counterparts – approximately 12 to 18 years.

Pet insurance for Domestic Longhairs is generally comparable in price to pet insurance for mixed cats.
This breed is susceptible to multiple health issues, thus intensifying the need for pet insurance as soon as possible. Getting pet insurance can surely decrease those costly vet bills.

Rescue a kitty

Domestic Longhair Rescues

Looking to rescue a Domestic Longhair cat? Here are some of the top Domestic Longhair rescues in the country: