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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Are my kittens DLH?

When I first got Luna and Miel at 8 weeks they were fluffy, especially Luna. Now, I wonder since it's more like just more hair on the back, and their haunches. Are they true long hairs, medium hairs or will just lose that hair?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 12:01 PM
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Adorable. All scruffy and cute. Have no answer for you, though

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Just as a guess, that picture looks like possible medium hair. But I'm sure they can change a lot as they grow.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Im starting to wonder if they are medium hair. Thanks Larsan, they are pretty cute if i say so myself
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Looks like medium haired to me.

That being said, technically there's no such thing as 'medium' haired, since it's just a variant of the way the long haired gene expresses. So, while they may appear 'medium haired' they are genetically long haired.

Also, with any cat that has a longer coat it can/usually does take 3 years for the coat to fully develop. Torri looked truly silly until she was about a year old, and she has a lovely medium coat now. Her mane fully filled in just before she hit 3 years,
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So, while they may appear 'medium haired' they are genetically long haired.
I had no idea about this, good info thanks!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 02:53 PM
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I would definitely say long-haired! In my experience, it takes long-haired animals almost a year to develop their full coat, and in some dog breeds (like Pomeranians) their coats are still developing until and sometimes beyond 2 years of age, so I'm sure it is possible in some cats as well.

My Ellie is a long-haired Persian and she was just sort of poofy as a kitten, but now at 11 months her coat nearly touches the ground.

Your kitties are absolutely adorable, by the way!
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I think she'll turn out to have long hair.

When I brought Charlee home, she was a spikey little thing



Who would have thought she'd turn out so fluffy!


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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, I'm actually surprised to hear that it can take quite some time to grow out the fur. Thanks for the responses! I can definitely see how your Charlee has changed, what a beautiful coat.

And Mandy and Ellie, your Ellie is just adorbs I'm really excited to see how these two will change. 9 months to go haha.
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