Among 170+ cat breeds, the names of 13 start with an ‘L’. Let’s list them and discuss them one by one!
Here’s a list of 13 cat breeds with their names starting from the letter “L”. This group contains some of the most famous cat breeds including the Longhair, the Lowlander, the Longhaired Siamese, the Li Hua Mau, the LaPerm and others.
There are more than 175 known breeds of the domestic cats in the world. For a better understanding, we have divided cat breeds into groups according to their names. The list goes in an alphabetical order.
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Now, let’s move to the list:
1. The Lambkins, The Nanus Rex or The Lambkin Dwarf
This breed from the United States is called the Lambkins because its hair coat looks like a lamb fleece. It is a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Munchkin. It has short legs with a dense curly coat. These cats have small size (5-9 pounds) and come in almost every color. They are playful, friendly and fairly interactive. They are pet-friendly and child-friendly. These cats have a large head and longer hind legs. They need regular grooming.
2. The LaPerm or The Dalles LaPerm
41st on the list of the CFA, the LaPerm from the United States comes in both shorthair and longhair varieties. These are medium (5-10 pounds) cats with a soft and waxy hair coat, that comes in more than 8 different colors. Cats of this breed are very active, clever, intelligent, gentle and quiet. They are good with children and other pets. The LaPerm cats are generally healthy and undergo minimal shedding. They are reported to be hypoallergenic.
3. The Layanese, The Tonkalayan, The Mink Longhair, The Mink Persian, The Tonkinese Longhair or The Tibetane
The Layanese is a relatively new and rare cat breed from Australia, that is a developed by crossbreeding between the Tonkinese and the Himalayan. With a semi-longhair coat, Layanese cats mostly come in “mink” color and blue eyes. These cats are very friendly and playful. They make an excellent indoor pet, as they are very gentle as well as pet-friendly and child-friendly. They make strong bonds with humans. This breed is not recognized by major cat registries.
4. The Legend Leopard
This experimental cat breed is registered with TICA in 2015. Legend Leopards are unique cats, that resemble the Bobcat and the Leopards in appearance but have a sweet puppy like personality. These are large cats, with heavy and muscular bodies. They come in a variety of colors with a marbled or spotted coat. Despite their large size and wild looks, these cats are purely domestic and there is no evidence of them having any Bobcat blood.
5. The Li Hua Mau, The Dragon Li, The Chinese Li Hua, The Li Mao or The Fox Flower Cat
The Dragon Li is a relatively new cat breed from China, with a medium-sized body and short hair coat. It is one of the most intelligent and interactive cat breeds. This cat comes mostly in golden-brown color, with almond-shaped yellow-green eyes. It is believed that these cats originated from the wild Chinese Mountain Cat. This breed is recognized by the CFA and China’s Cat Aficionado Association (CAA). It’s the CFA’s 42nd most popular breed.
6. The Longhair, The Persian Longhair, The Persian (Modern), The Shirazi Cat or The Iranian Cat
With its long silky coat and unique face, the Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds of all time. It’s the most popular cat in the USA and the 2nd most popular in the world right now, after the Exotic Shorthair. This medium-large (9-14 pounds) sized breed has a broad face and large eyes with short ears and muzzle. Originating from Iran, this breed is very friendly, loyal and quiet. It comes in a wide variety of coat and eye colors. The Persian cats are highly intelligent pets.
7. The Longhair Fold, The Scottish Fold Longhair, The Coupari or The Highland Fold
Originating from the United Kingdom, this breed is the longhair version of the Scottish Fold, recognized as a separate breed by TICA. Medium-sized cats of this breed look like a “wise owl” due to their short nose, full cheek, large rounded eyes, and sweet expression. Its soft and resilient longhair coat comes in different colors and patterns. Coupari cats are very friendly and playful, and also good with children and other pets. They need regular grooming.
8. The Longhaired Abyssinian, The Somali, The Serenti, The Fox Cat
Somali cat, originating from Somalia, is often described as a longhaired Abyssinian. From time to time, longhaired cats appear in Abyssinian litters. It’s still unknown how this gene was introduced into Abyssinian gene pool. These cats were undesirable in the Abyssinian breed, so some breeders develop and register them as a separate breed, Somali. With the exception of the longhaired coat, these cats are very similar to Abyssinian in their appearance and characteristics.
9. The Longhaired Russian Blue or The Nebelung
“Nebel” is a German word, which means “mist” or “fog”. This describes the silky blue semi-long coat of the Nebelung cat, with silvery hue at the tips, perfectly. The Nebelung is a medium-sized cat breed from the United States, with silky hair coat. Cats of this breed are very gentle, quiet, shy and playful. They are very adaptable and fit good with children and other pets. These cats have green to greenish-yellow eyes. They are generally very healthy.
10. The Longhaired Siamese or The Balinese
Developed in the USA, the foundation stock for this small-medium sized (4-10 pounds) longhair (but still hypoallergenic!) cat breed was taken from Thailand. These cats are very friendly, energetic and intelligent as well as kid-friendly and pet-friendly. They come in more than 6 colors. Cats of this breed have dark markings (or Points) on their faces and a long body. They undergo moderate shedding, and grooming requirements are moderate. This breed is in 27th place in the list of most popular cat breeds in the world.
11. The Long-nosed Persian, The Doll Face Persian, The Classic Persian, The Old-Fashioned Persian, The Persian (Traditional), The Old-style Longhair, The Traditional Longhair or The Original Longhair
“Traditional Persian” is the name used for the original breed of the Persian cats from Iran, without the development of their extreme features. As the breeding standards change over time, the Persian cats develop Flat Faces over time due to some genetic mutations. But the Traditional Persian is still being bred separately. Some of the major cat registries recognize them as a separate breed, while others consider them a variety of the Persian breed.
12. The Lowlander (US), The British Semi-Longhair, The British Longhair or The Britannica (Europe)
Otherwise identical to the British Shorthair, the British Longhair cat breed from the United Kingdom has semi-longhair or longhair coat. It is a medium-sized cat breed. It is thought that the longhair gene came from the Turkish Angora or the Traditional Persian cat. The British Longhair comes in a wide variety of colors. Due to its longhair coat, it requires more maintenance and grooming as compared to the British Shorthair. This breed is recognized by major cat registries in the United Kingdom.
13. The Lykoi, The Werewolf Cat or The Wolf Cat
With the appearance of a werewolf, the Lykoi (mean “wolf” in Greek) is a cat breed from the United States, that came into existence due to a mutation in a domestic shorthair cat. These cats are partially or (almost) completely hairless, with a solid black roan coat. Their muscular body and hairless face make them look like werewolves. Despite their wild looks, they are very friendly and make strong bonds with humans.