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What breed of cat has a "mane?"

post #1 of 29
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I hope this is the right forum, if not please feel free to move it oh wonderful admin! Dove is a solid gray cat whom came to our foster home at about 5 months. Over the last 2 months her fur has thickened and she has a very distinctive mane or ruff around her neck. I thought she was a DLH but have never seen one with a mane. She is now 9 months old. Thanks for any thoughts or help, Dianna
post #2 of 29
Did you post a pic somewhere in the forum?
post #3 of 29
Check this link: (look at the Breeds and Colors)

www.cfainc.org

It has pictures of the different breeds.
post #4 of 29
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post #5 of 29
WOW, what a beautiful cat!
post #6 of 29
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Thanks! She was a mess when she came in and terrified so badly we couldn't pet her for 2 months. She is sitting on my lap snoozing right now. Can you see what I mean about her ruff/mane? I am looking at Norweigan Forest Cat, she is too small to be a Maine Coon.
post #7 of 29
She is very pretty, and I see what you mean about her mane. I'm just guessing, but I wonder if some type of genetic mutation might cause her to appear to have a mane?????????????
post #8 of 29
She's gorgeous! Wish she was cuddled on my lap
post #9 of 29
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Thanks admin for putting this in the correct forum! The more research I do the more I am leaning towards the NFC.
post #10 of 29
She doesn't really have a mane, it's called a Ruff and it's just slightly longer fur around the neck area. It is almost impossible that she would have NFC or Maine Coon in her and she looks to be a Blue Domestic Longhair. She's very pretty.
post #11 of 29
Love the cat
post #12 of 29
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Thanks everyone! She is a love whatever her breed : )
post #13 of 29
Does she have tufts on the pads of her feet?? The ruff and the tufts are classic signs of a Maine Coon. She may be only part Maine Coon.
post #14 of 29
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She has tufts on her paws and ears.
post #15 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
She doesn't really have a mane, it's called a Ruff and it's just slightly longer fur around the neck area. It is almost impossible that she would have NFC or Maine Coon in her and she looks to be a Blue Domestic Longhair. She's very pretty.

Just curious but why is it almost impossible she could be a NFC or MC mix?
post #16 of 29
Speculation here...but because MC/NFC are two of the largest breeds of common cat.

Following this, it would be unlikely that she would be directly connected to either MC/NFC breeds, however she could have some in her yet that carries the traits.

Spotz
post #17 of 29
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Do you mean physically large? She is a petite kitty. She has 2 layers of coat as well, my hubby says she is well insulated ; )
post #18 of 29
I remember reading in the Cat Fancy magazine about a year ago about a fairly new, fairly rare breed of cat that looked almost exactly like your cat. It was in the Russian Blue Family, except that it had long hair. I wish I could remember the name of the breed, but I do remember them saying the breed looked almost exactly like the Russian Blue, except that it had long hair.
post #19 of 29
I found the breed of cat I was thinking of. It's called the Nebelung. Here's a photo of one.



Go to this site to read about them.
http://www.pusscats.com/Nebelung.htm
post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharmedCats
I hope this is the right forum, if not please feel free to move it oh wonderful admin! Dove is a solid gray cat whom came to our foster home at about 5 months. Over the last 2 months her fur has thickened and she has a very distinctive mane or ruff around her neck. I thought she was a DLH but have never seen one with a mane. She is now 9 months old. Thanks for any thoughts or help, Dianna
My aunt's cat looks just like Dove. He is half Persian and half Maine Coon.

Here is a photo of her cat. His name is M.J.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by CharmedCats
Just curious but why is it almost impossible she could be a NFC or MC mix?
Because responsible breeders and pet owners don't let their breeding stock stray. That's why.

Also, my Persians have toe tufts.
post #22 of 29
I have to agree with Sam. My Buddy is definately a purebred alley cat. He is also a gray long hair and he has a ruff and toe tufts. My Asa is a purebred Birman and with the winter weather his ruff is developing too, and he has toe tufts as well. Alley cats have all breeds mixed in there somewhere because that is where most breeds come from. A cat just showed some striking feature and it was bred to similar cats or to its own children to isolate that feature until you get a whole breed. My Elfie has a cowlick on her back. I wonder if someday someone will find a cat with that and make a new breed that looks like those guinea pigs with the hair going everywhich way. But Elfie is not going to contribute her genes to the project, she seems to have left them at the vet last week.
Becky
post #23 of 29
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She was a stray transfer from another shelter, not from a breeder. And she is fixed : ) Thank you for all the ideas, I will post her as a DLH.
post #24 of 29
Sorry to be a johnny-come-lately to this thread. When I saw that picture my first thought was Maine Coon but you say she is too small. She doesn't impress me as a Norwegian Forest Cat although she may be but that was No one has mentioned this breed but there is the possibility you may have a Nebelung on your hands-a long haired variety of the Russian Blue. They are a gorgeous, affectionate breed and tend to be somewhat docile even reserved but are very devoted to their family. It is a legitimate breed standard but not one you encounter frequently. It's just a guess but all the details you've provided concur with the breed's physical particulars and behavioural habits. She is a beauty by the way.
post #25 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjl1297
Sorry to be a johnny-come-lately to this thread. When I saw that picture my first thought was Maine Coon but you say she is too small. She doesn't impress me as a Norwegian Forest Cat although she may be but that was No one has mentioned this breed but there is the possibility you may have a Nebelung on your hands-a long haired variety of the Russian Blue. They are a gorgeous, affectionate breed and tend to be somewhat docile even reserved but are very devoted to their family. It is a legitimate breed standard but not one you encounter frequently. It's just a guess but all the details you've provided concur with the breed's physical particulars and behavioural habits. She is a beauty by the way.
Sorry to post a reply to my own reply but I somehow missed the one on the Nebelung above. I do believe that is what she is. Apologize for the editing mishap prior to making my last post as well.
post #26 of 29
There is no chance she would be a nebelung, for one - I can see she's not and two they are still quite rare.
post #27 of 29
I'm aware the breed is a rare one and I stand by the possibility that she could be one. I couldn't emphatically suggest that she is and neither for that matter can you insist that she isn't.
post #28 of 29
I'm going to go out on a limb and say...that is your typical American mixed breed kitty cat. Meaning that something may have mixed in the line at some point, but the ruff isn't that abnormal. I have one cat that gets that ruff in the winter; he's a grey striped cat, so he looks a bit like a lion. Fortunately, he sheds it and becomes a DMH during the summer. And another always longhaired black cat of ours doesn't get a winter ruff, but he grows "pantaloons" on his hind legs. It's funny to see him walk around with all that excessive hair on him.

Just enjoy your kitty because he's awfully adorable, but don't worry about the breeding too much.
post #29 of 29
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Thanks everyone for all the help, she is very loving and a joy to have around, she is a foster cat the I think might end up on our permanent roster
She is tiny, she had a vet check and is a petite 5 lbs, I am interested to see if her ruff goes away in the summer!
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