Black Longhair - Longhaired Cats

Black Longhair: A true original, this natural breed is one of the oldest

Although the breed has a distinguished history stretching back to the sixteenth century, and was one of the first to be given official recognition, the Black Longhair is a relatively rare animal. The difficulties of producing a pure black, unadulterated by any rustiness or smokiness, has made good specimens much prized. The coat needs particular care and attention: damp may lend the fur a brownish tinge, and over-exposure to the sun is likely to give a bleached appearance.

History
Early Blacks frequently exhibited Angora traits, which have now been successfully bred out. World War II interrupted breeding programs in Europe, but not in the US, where a Black Longhair has been voted Cat of the Year a record three times.

Temperament
The Black Longhair makes a loyal and affectionate companion, although it can be suspicious of strangers. It is said to be more lively than its white counterpart.

Varieties
There are no varieties of Black Longhair.

Ears
Small and round-tipped

Eyes
Should be large, round, and deep orange or brilliant copper in color.

Facial Characteristics
Black Longhair

Head
Round and broad, with a snub nose that should have a black nose pad.


Body
Solid and stocky, with a low carriage

Tail
Short and fluffy, carried straight and low

Coat
The fur must be a gleaming coal-black, without a single white hair, rustiness or any kind of marking. Kittens may legitimately have temporary shading or white speckles; these should disappear after eight months or so.

Legs
Short, thick and well covered with fur

Feet
The paws should be large and round, with black paw pads in Great Britain and black or brown in the US.

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