American Longhair


United States



Adult Weight

8-15 pounds

Life Span

12-17 years


Sociable, easygoing, playful, inquisitive



Medium-to-large sized longhair


$100 - $1,000

Personality and Temperament

The American longhair is not a specific cat breed, although aficionados are encouraging cat fancy associations to recognize this unique feline. For now, the term American longhair is used to indicate a cross between a Persian cat and an American shorthair cat. American longhair cats are typically medium-sized, reflecting the size and weight of their parents. Their coats come in a variety of colors and patterns and in varying degrees of thickness. There is sometimes confusion concerning the American longhair cat vs the Maine coon cat. This stems from the description of the Maine coon as America’s original longhair cat.


American longhair cats have no special nutritional needs. Their only requirement is a high quality meat-based diet.
Like their Persian parent, the American longhair cat often has a very fine undercoat that requires frequent brushing to prevent mats from forming, and to prevent hairballs. Regular ear cleaning might be necessary, and you will probably want to clip your cats claws, too.
American longhair cats are playful, but less active than high-energy breeds such as the Abyssinian. These cats need scratching posts and toys, and they will almost certainly appreciate window seats and cat trees.
The average American longhair cat is a healthy, robust individual without any specific health problems. Since these cats are of mixed heritage, they tend to display the best of both breeds.


Affection Level 80%
Activity Level 50%
Pet-Friendly 80%
Kid-Friendly 80%
Sociability 100%
Intelligence 70%
Playfulness 60%
Independence 40%
Vocality 40%
Grooming 80%


The Breed Standard


The body is medium-sized, well muscled and robust.


The head is typically rounded, with a slight snub nose.


The eyes are rounded and alert, with one eye space distance between them. Eye colors typically corresponds to coat colors.


Ears should be wider at the base and rounded at the tips. Furnishings are desirable.

Legs & Paws

The legs should be shapely and well formed. The paws are rounded and proportionate.


The American longhair cat has a long, graceful tail with ample plumage. The tail is typically held at an alert angle.


American longhair cats have thick double coats that shed profusely.


The coat may be of any color or pattern. Gray and silver tabby colors are prevalent. Nose leather and paw pad colors typically correspond to coat colors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a American Longhair cat cost?

    How much does a American Longhair cat cost?American Longhair cats cost between $100 - $1,000.
  • How big do American Longhair cats get?

    How big do American Longhair cats get?American Longhair cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown American Longhair cat might weigh between 8-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 10"-14" inches tall.
  • How long do American Longhair cats live?

    How long do American Longhair cats live?The Average lifespan for American Longhair is 12-17 years.
  • Do American Longhair cats shed?

    Do American Longhair cats shed?American Longhair are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don't shed as much as other cat breeds.
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