15+ Long-Haired Cat Breeds

Long-Haired Cat Breeds

Tips for Grooming Long-Haired Cats

Like other cat breeds, long-haired varieties groom themselves, but typically need more assistance when it comes to detangling. Long-haired cats can experience pain from mats and knots, which can even result in skin irritation or infection, just like long-haired dog breeds. Here are some advice for keeping your cat happy and with a healthy coat.


1. American Bobtail

  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: 7-16 pounds
  • Personality: Affectionate, friendly
  • Coat: Short or long
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15+ years

The American Bobtail’s coat is “plush like a rabbit’s skin,” according to the International Cat Association. As long as you brush the long-haired version several times a week, it’s not too difficult to maintain. They shed all year long, like other long-haired breeds, but as the seasons change, you’ll notice more hair about, so keep your deshedding equipment close at hand. These playful, affectionate cats are wonderful family pets and will value the extra time spent grooming together.

2. Balinese

  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 5-12 pounds
  • Personality: Alert, outgoing
  • Coat: Long
  • Color: A variety of colors in the pointed pattern
  • Life Expectancy: 10-20 years

Balinese are open to extensive brushing since they enjoy being near to their loved ones. Remember to give them plenty of care even if their long, smooth coats don’t always require a detangling. These gregarious animals must participate in the action!

3. Birman

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Personality: Quiet, loyal
  • Coat: Long, single layer
  • Color: Pointed, cream
  • Life Expectancy: 9-15 years

The Birman has a single layer of long, fluffy fur that is pointed and cream in color. Less tangling is a good feature of the single-layer coat! TICA advises full body metal comb brushing once per week to maintain the health and beauty of their coats.

4. Himalayan

  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-12 pounds
  • Personality: Sweet, friendly
  • Coat: Long, soft
  • Color: Variety of colors in the pointed pattern
  • Life Expectancy: 15-18 years

A member of the Persian Breed Group is the Himalayan cat. Their long, thick, fluffy, extra-hugable coats are almost as endearing as their appealing looks. These cats must be meticulously groomed because their fur mat readily. Don’t forget to gently wipe their faces after every brushing! Over time, debris and rips may accumulate.

5. Japanese Bobtail

  • Height: 8-9 inches
  • Weight: 6-10 pounds
  • Personality: Active, loving
  • Coat: Shorthair and longhair varieties, bobbed tail
  • Color: All colors
  • Life Expectancy: 9-13+ years

Japanese Bobtails are available with both long and short hair. They make wonderful companions thanks to their adorable small bobbed tails, silky smooth coats, and affectionate personalities. Make sure to give their fur a few weekly brushes, but don’t go overboard! Since they lack an undercoat, shedding and matting are not major problems.

6. LaPerm

  • Height: 6-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-12 pounds
  • Personality: Adaptable, doting
  • Coat: Curly, short, or long
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

The La Perm is arguably the most unusual cat on our list. Look at those wavy cues! While some LaPerms do have short, straight hair, for the most part, LaPerms are known for their soft, curly locks. The length of a LaPerm’s coat and the discovery of its curl type can take up to three years. To prevent frizz, use a wide-toothed comb to brush your hair a few times per week.

7. Maine Coon

  • Height: 10-16 inches
  • Weight: 12-15 pounds (females), 18-25 pounds (males)
  • Personality: Sweet, smart
  • Coat: Long, silky
  • Color: Various
  • Life Expectancy: 12-20 years

Maine Coons, one of the biggest cat breeds, having some of the most plush coats. They have thick, double-layered fur that feels soft to the touch. Some Maine Coons have rough fur, which requires more brushing since it tangles more readily. This is why it’s important to establish a grooming schedule early on with a Maine Coon.

8. Norwegian Forest Cat

  • Height: 9-12 inches
  • Weight: 8-12 pounds (females), 12-18 pounds (males)
  • Personality: Independent, loving
  • Coat: Long, double coat, coarse
  • Color: Various (known for white and tabby mix)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-20 years

The coat of a Norwegian Forest Cat could appear intimidating at first. It seems intimidating! a large, bushy tail, coarse strands, and a waterproof double coat to protect the cat from hard winters. Unexpectedly, according to the Cat Fanciers Association, Norwegian Forest Cats only require thorough grooming once every week. As they lose their winter coats in the spring, there may be more.

9. Persian

  • Height: 10-15 inches
  • Weight: 7-12 pounds
  • Personality: Quiet, sweet
  • Coat: Long, soft
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 8-11 years

Persian cats require a loving person who is prepared and eager to groom them every day, much like Himalayan cats do. Daily brushing is advised, and in case you discover mats, keep a detangling comb close by. Once more, gently clean their faces to remove any accumulated filth. Fortunately, these kinds, of affectionate animals are content to sit and converse with you in peace.

10. Ragdoll

  • Height: 9-11 inches
  • Weight: 10-15 pounds (females), 15-20 pounds (males)
  • Personality: Sweet, patient
  • Coat: Long, soft
  • Color: White bodies, pointed markings
  • Life expectancy: 13-18 years

They bear the name Ragdolls with good cause. These cats don’t mind joining in on the fun, particularly if the fun involves cuddling or hanging out with young children. Although TICA refers to their coats as “semi-long,” they have an undercoat and need more grooming, so we choose to include them on the long-haired list. These sweeties are so laid-back that everyday brushing shouldn’t be a problem.

11. Scottish Fold Longhair

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-13 pounds
  • Personality: Adaptable, loving
  • Coat: Long and short varieties
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Scottish Folds usually stand out thanks to their distinctive folded ears, regardless of whether they have long or short hair. Scottish Folds with short hair have solid, thick coats. To keep their coats healthy, long-haired breeds should be brushed a few times each week. They make excellent family pets because of their devoted and flexible natures.

12. Selkirk Rex Longhair

  • Height: 9-11 inches
  • Weight: 6-16 pounds
  • Personality: Even-tempered, friendly
  • Coat: Short or long, dense, curly
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Selkirk Rex long-haired cats are designed to have a slightly messy appearance. Don’t brush too vigorously or you’ll disturb those curls. Selkirk Rexes, in contrast to LaPerms, are born with curly hair (and curly whiskers). Some develop a more wavy appearance with age, but a small curl is always visible.

13. Siberian

  • Height: 9-11 inches
  • Weight: 8-17 pounds
  • Personality: Affectionate, playful
  • Coat: Long, thick
  • Color: Variety of colors and patterns
  • Life Expectancy: 11-18 years

Here is yet another heavy, waterproof coat. Three layers make up a Siberian cat’s coat, and each one is essential to keep them warm in their home in Russia. You might have noticed that their coat seems shorter in the summer. It occurs! For the summer, they largely shed their winter coat.

14. Somali

  • Height: 7-11 inches
  • Weight: 6-10 pounds
  • Personality: Loyal, social
  • Coat: Long
  • Color: Red, brown, tan, lilac
  • Life Expectancy: 11-16 years

Somali cats often have long, silky coats that are devoid of mats and knots. Weekly brushings should be sufficient. TICA warns that these gregarious animals might relish your company so much that they’ll sit still for as many brushing sessions as you like.

15. Turkish Angora

  • Height: 9-14 inches
  • Weight: 5-15 pounds
  • Personality: Outgoing, sweet
  • Coat: Long
  • Color: White
  • Life Expectancy: 12-17

Although these cats can be any color, their distinctive appearance is white. Brush them once a day to keep their coats in good condition, though, given their light undercoat and smooth texture, this is generally not essential.


16. Turkish Van

  • Height: 10-14 inches
  • Weight: 10-20 pounds
  • Personality: Social, smart
  • Coat: Medium to long, soft
  • Color: White with red, cream, black, or blue markings on the head and tail
  • Life expectancy: 13-17 years

Brush the Turkish Van a few times a week throughout the winter when their coat thickens to keep them warm. In the summer, cut back to once a week and you’ll be ready to go! Spend as much time as possible with these beautiful creatures since they are smart and like to play.