Breeding

In the middle of Europe there were longhaired cats descending from the early Persian and Angora cats of the 17th century with a friendly glance and wonderful temper - an affectionate cat with a wonderful soft and silky coat and a fluid movement often being sold for very high prices as status objects of the rich and famous.
These elegant cats, the oldest native longhaired breed in Germany - German Longhair - being almost extinct, but now saved is waiting for an international restart.

Even in the first standard of the German Longhair written by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schwangart in 1929 it was the aim to preserve the features of a more natural counterpart to the early Persian that had been bred in Great Britain for decades. This hasn't changed since then.

 


The original German Longhair cats of the Aschemeiers

To establish a conservation breeding programme there has to be anything to be conserved. Unfortunately there are only very few German Longhair cats that descend in a direct lineage from registered GLH 50 or 60 years ago. Mrs Renate Aschemeier had been the last breeder of GLH until 2005. She gave several breeding cats to the new GLH breeders to save the breed from extinction. For some of the cats it had been too late because of their advanced age they were not fertile anymore.
The more we were pleased to have a sound litter of four kittens sired by Baer von der Wassermuehle in 2011. He is the last fertile sire from original Aschemeier lines. His descendants will be an essential part of our breeding programme of German Longhair cats.

To build up a healthy, genetically variable genepool further cats are needed to continue Baer's legacy and preserve the phenotypical and genotypical characteristics of the breed. These are our foundation cats.

 



What are foundations, F0, F1, ...?

 

* "Foundations" are cats, that are the founders of a breed or breeding line. They haven't a

registered pedigree, because one or both parents of the founders are not registered. They are also called F0 generation or parental generation, .

* F1 is the filial generation, they are the offspring of the founders, both parents (F0 generation) are registered.

* F2 cats are the next generation and parents (F1) as well as great parents (F0) are registered.

As soon as there were a certain number of F4 or F5 cats GLH breeders could apply for recognition of the breed.

At the end of April 2012, it was formally recognized as the "Deutsch Langhaar" (German Longhair) by the World Cat Federation (WCF) at the general assembly with a revised standard that still is nevertheless still based on Schwangart's description. The recognition came into effect in July 2012.

Still the registry is open so new foundations can be registered to broaden the gene pool. Foundation cats must be from Central Europe (Germany and neighboring countries, no cats from the Mediterranean).


How to recognize a good foundation cat?

All sound cats with the favored appearence and character of a German Longhair are suitable foundations. The closer they come to the standard the better. Having a great genetic variability in general they are robust and resistent. Our foundations are original, social, assertive and have sure instincts.
 

Allowed Breeds for outcross

Suitable breeds for widening the gene pool are classic type Persians, British Longhair and European Shorthair (especially longhair carriers).