What are the differences between these two cat breeds?
The International Cat Association breed standard for the Nebelung calls for them to have a modified wedgeshaped head that is more pointed than rounded, although his long hair may give the head a rounded look. Large ears are wide at the base with pointed tips, and rich, deepgreen eyes have a slightly oval shape and are set wide apart. Kittens may have yellowishgreen eyes, but by the time they are two years old, they should have developed into the vivid green of maturity. The nose pad is charcoal gray.
A long, slender neck sometimes looks shorter than it actually is because of the Nebelung’s dense fur. The body is what’s called semiforeign, meaning it is moderate in shape, falling somewhere between the short, compact body of breeds such as Persians and the sleek angles of Oriental breeds such as the Siamese. It is athletic but not bulky, with a mediumboned body that is well proportioned.
Russian Blue’s elegant yet muscular body led one cat judge to proclaim him the “Doberman Pinscher of cats.” He has what’s called a semiforeign body type, meaning it is moderate in shape, falling somewhere between the short, compact body of breeds such as Persians and the sleek angles of Oriental breeds such as the Siamese. The Cat Fanciers Association breed standard for the Russian Blue calls for him to have a head that is a smooth, mediumsize wedge shape with a blunt muzzle.
The broad wedge of the head and its flat skull are often described as cobralike, although that is much too dangerous a description for this sweetnatured cat. Regal is perhaps a better term. Large ears are wide at the base with pointed tips, the interior lined with thin, translucent skin, and rounded vivid green eyes are set wide apart. A long, slender neck segues into high shoulder blades and a fineboned body that is firm and muscular, covered with a short, thick double coat with a plush texture, often described as similar to that of a seal or beaver.
If you were to run your fingers through a Russian Blue’s coat, the patterns they made would remain until they were petted smooth. The body is supported by long, fineboned legs set on small, slightly rounded paws with pads that are a pinky lavender or mauve shade. The tail is long but in proportion to the body.
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