Nebelung | Cat Breed Guide

Nebelung | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Nebelung is a gentle, shy cat that is good with other pets but does not do well in a home with a lot of noise or rambunctious children.

Weight: 7-11 pounds

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Temperament: gentle, reserved, intelligent

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History and Personality 

The Nebelung is a rare breed of cat created in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s by a computer programmer named Cora Cobb, who crossed two blue longhair cats. Because of the cat’s unique appearance, Cobb named the breed Nebelung, which means "creatures of the mist" in German.

The Nebelung is a long, sturdy cat with a plumed tail and a thick, shiny coat with silver tips. He has striking emerald green eyes.

He is quiet, affectionate and gentle, but not clingy. He loves to play and may even enjoy a game of fetch. He likes high places, so a tall cat tree can be a good perch for him. He loves to be around his people but is shy around strangers. When visitors drop by, you may see him scoot under the bed. He does well with other pets and older children who won’t overwhelm him. 

Because he is a reserved cat, he’s just fine spending time by himself and would make a good pet for working people. 

He is not an extremely vocal cat but he will speak when spoken to.

Though a relatively rare breed, the Nebelung has been featured in movies. In the film “Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw,” Hairball the fat cat is a Nebelung. And in Zach Braff’s film “Garden State” a Nebelung appears in one scene.

Also, the Nebelung is included in a personality test on the “Harry Potter” website Pottermore.


The Nebelung’s bright blue coat is covered with medium-length silky hair with silver tips. Underneath is a dense undercoat. A good brushing twice a week will keep his coat looking good. During spring shedding season his coat will need more attention.

Health Concerns 

  • Obesity

The Nebelung is generally healthy and is not prone to any specific illnesses. He may be prone to weight gain so it’s best to keep an eye on his diet. You can protect your pet – and your wallet – by enrolling in pet insurance.