As elegant as the Russian Blue, the nebelung is a medium-sized feline that weighs 3.5 to 7.5 kgs. The nebelung’s body built is muscular, firm, and long, furnishing a foreign look, with long and slender legs and rounded paws that appears smooth. Its tapering, well-furnished, plumed tail completes the look of exquisiteness.
Another distinguishing feature is its eyes. It has large almond-shaped eyes that are rather large and set widely apart. It usually has the eye colour of vivid green, but for kittens, they may have yellow and should eventually change with maturity. The shape of its head is a modified medium wedge with high and broad cheeks. Its neck appears heavier because of the slight ruff gathered on its neck. The ears of a nebelung may appear pointed with a wide base and is fairly tall with sparse hair on the inside.
The nebelung has a lovely semi-longhaired coat, which is the prominent difference that separates it from the Russian Blue cat. Its coat is dense, but is not coarse; instead, it is soft and silky when touched. The nebelung male can have more ruff than its female counterpart. Its undercoat is covered with thick guard hairs with a much thicker outercoat. However, the desired coat may take two years to fully develop. This breed only has one accepted coat colour; it should be an even and clear medium blue, though ghost tabby markings are accepted for kittens. An adult should have silver tipping that emits a gleaming look.
Considering the nebelung’s thick layer of fur, grooming of this breed requires effort. It should follow regular brushing a couple of times a week or can be daily to prevent the hair from being matted and knotted. It is important to include the roots of the fur as well. Complete grooming with the basics such as nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning. The earlier the grooming routine is introduced, the better.