About Persian Cats
Persian cats are one of those instantly recognisable cat breeds that command both love and respect.
They are both pretty and beautiful, with long coats and expressive eyes.
The Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat in North America, if not the world.
Persian cats are thick-boned, short and cobby with a short back and legs and short, balanced tails.
They have wide-set, small ears and their big, bold eyes which are usually a stunning, orange colour.
Their wonderful, expressive eyes are also available in blue, green or bi-colour blue and orange, depending on their coat colour.
The Persian cat comes in two types: show and traditional. The show Persian has a round head enhanced with a thick ruff, small ears, a flat nose, big round copper eyes, a broad, short body on short tree-trunk legs, and a thick, flowing plume of a tail.
The traditional Persian, also known as the ‘Doll Face’, does not have the shorter features of the show Persian, and his/ her nose is of a normal length, giving a very sweet expression.
Persian Cats – personality
Persian cats have quiet, chilled-out personalities and sweet, slightly aloof facial expressions.
Persian cats are generally placid cats and very easy to live with.
They are lazy cats and are quite happy chilling out with you. Persian cats make great ‘lap cats’.
Don’t be fooled by the Persian’s docile character though. These gorgeous cats are far more intelligent than they’re often given credit for; they are very good at training and will pick new things up very quickly.
Persian cat – colours
Although the majority of Persians are solid blue, black or white, the breed is now available in a broad spectrum of colours and patterns, including cream, red, blue-cream, chinchilla, smoke, brown, colour points, tortoiseshells and tabbies.
Persian cats – grooming and bathing
These cats have beautiful coats which need daily grooming; although this should not take up more than about 5-10 minutes each day.
The Persian needs regular baths to stay clean and sweet-smelling.
Introduce your kitten to bathing as soon as you bring him/ her home so that the kitten will hopefully learn to accept baths without drama.
Persian cat- breed history
In 1871 Persians were exhibited at the world’s first all-breed cat show, and in 1887 official standards for longhaired cats were issued by the National Cat Club.
The Persian breed standard has always called for a short face, but early Persians had a much longer face than is seen today.