Saturday, March 8, 2014

What is a Nebelung?

I often told Rosie that they broke the mold when they made him, that he was one of a kind and there would never be another like him. Yes, I do talk to my cats, and we had some interesting conversations in spite of the fact that neither of us knew what the other was saying.

When asked what kind of cat he was, I had no answer.  For years I wondered what his parents might have looked like.  His coloring was that of a Russian Blue, but they were short haired, and his hair was anything but short, and I was among those who had never heard of a Nebelung.  

Quite often Rosie would lay in my lap while I was on the computer, so one night I was sitting there missing him and I Googled "long-haired gray cat with green eyes."  Imagine my surprise when I found this video.

Why hadn't I done this sooner? It's my Rosie right down to his glowing green eyes and silky silver-gray hair. I wish I known this back when we adopted Rosie rather than finding out after he was gone. I always knew he was special, and even though I only saw two other cats that looked like him, I never realized how rare he was in the cat world.  It would have been great to be able to say 'he's a Nebelung'.

He was born in 1997 and considering the breed has only been in existence since the mid 1980s and I only found two Nebelung breeders in the U.S. (neither in my area), he may not have been a purebred, but he definitely had the characteristics and personality of the breed. 

Here's a little history on the origin of the Nebelung.  Siegfried, born in 1984, was the first registered Nebelung.  His parents were a black domestic shorthair named Elsa and a black longhair that resembled an Angora.  Later, Brunhilde was born, and this was the foundation for the Nebelung breed.  The breed standard was written by owner, Cora Cobb, based on the standard for the Russian Blue, with the difference being the coat length.  The name Nebelung comes from the German word nebel, meaning fog or mist.  

Here are more pictures of my "creature of the mist":

This one shows off his magnificent mane.

Look at those eyes!

A little desk time with mama.

It just didn't get any better than this.

I miss you my friend.


  1. Wow! He's absolutely gorgeous, Linda. I'm so sorry he's no longer with you. No matter how long we have them, it's never long enough. Big hugs.

  2. Lovely tribute to Rosie, Linda. I know how much you miss him.

  3. Thanks Jayne, and your're right, we never have enough time with them.

    Nicky, thank you. He was my little buddy and I miss him terribly. I'm glad, though, to know something about his ancestry.

  4. Rosie was so very beautiful. I had never heard of the Nebelung, either. The face is so much like the Russian Blue. Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!

    BTW...Doesn't everyone talk to their cats. It would be rude not to.

  5. Cheryl- He was absolutely the sweetest cat ever, and a great conversationalist.

  6. I must admit, this made tear up a bit.

    It's nice to find out how even MORE special Rosie was. I loved that he sat in your lap while you were on the computer. Aggie doesn't do that. Oh, she'll come in the room and sit in a nearby chair, but she's not very coordinated when it comes to laps:~) I think it's because she a long cat and it's hard to fit her body.

    Regarding talking to the cats, I do this all the time. Oddly, it's only been in the last couple of years that Aggie has actually talked to us more than just requesting something -- like going on to the porch.

    Have you tried the "cat blink?" It's supposed to be like giving your cat a kiss. You stare at the cat and slowly close your eyes. At first, it freaked Aggie out, but now I swear she blinks back at me. Try it sometime and see what happens.

    Happy day to you:~)

  7. Without question the most beautiful cat I have ever seen. I'm glad I finally got to read your post. I'm especially glad your husband is home tonight.

  8. Hi Linda .. they are so special and "Neblung" creature of the mist is definitely a cut above the rest ...

    I'm so sorry for you - it's always so so sad when they're not around to cuddle up to .. beautiful pictures ..

    With many thoughts - Hilary


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