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This breed is playful, docile, friendly and very affectionate.
One of the most notable traits of the domestic longhair cat is that they are typical longhair cats. In other words, domestic longhair cats have no breed. They are a product of at-will cat matings; a typical Felis silvestris catus, but with flowing locks, that arrived on the scene without the guiding hand of Homo sapiens.
Please do not confuse them with their purebred American cousins, the American longhair cat. The American longhair cat has a distinct family tree that people have pruned, making it much easier to trace its lineage. The lineage of the domestic longhair cat, on the other hand, is shrouded in mystery.
But that doesn’t mean that these varied long-haired mixed-breed kittens are not unique. They have many things that help them stand out from the crowd. This fact has made them the second most popular domestic cat in the United States, the most popular being their genetically diverse companion, the Domestic Shorthair. Knowing the history of the Domestic Longhaired means knowing its genes. The gene that carries the longhaired trait in cats is recessive. This means that the result of a short-haired cat mating with a long-haired cat will only have short-haired kittens. However, if the short-haired offspring were to mate with each other, a handful of long-haired kittens could be born.
Natural selection. Maybe.
The ultimate origin of the Domestic Longhair is based on speculation. However, it is believed that the recessive longhair gene was naturally selected for in cat populations living in colder climates. In northern Russia, Iran and Turkey, the luxurious fur of long-haired cats offered excellent protection against inclement weather.
There is a precedent for this. The Pallas cat, a memeable and solitary cat, lives in the wild in Central Asia and sports long, fluffy fur (and an adorably grumpy face). It was once thought that Pallas cats interbred with domestic cats to create long hairs, but this idea was later disproved.”
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