The Domestic Longhaired Cat is simply a mixture of other longhaired cats, with no distinct lineage or structured breeding. However, the gene responsible for their long, flowing locks is recessive, which means the only way to get a domestic longhair cat is from a pairing of two truly longhaired cats. Thus, its origins are assumed to link back to countries with colder climates, such as Turkey and Russia, which would have encouraged longhaired cats through natural selection.
Domestic Longhaired cats come in a wide array of temperaments and colors thanks to their mixed lineage. They are typically found at shelters or rescue organizations, although sometimes a feral Domestic Longhair will just “adopt” a family, as many cats are prone to.
Most Domestic Longhaired cats have a medium build, and all require routine grooming thanks to their thick coat which is prone to matting and collecting debris.