Persian cat is the quintessential pure-bred cat. Most of what you see
in these cats was man-made. Snub-nosed,
kittenish faces, huge eyes, plump
bodies and fur as long as 8 inches in the show ring every
color under the rainbow and a loyal, gentle companion as well
For the personality
without the poof see the Exotic
Persian cats tend to
display slightly different characteristics depending
on coat color. This is because many of the colors breed true, and the
majority of Persian cat breeders specialize in a particular color.
Breeders can and have greatly
influenced things like size, personality, heft of the body, length of
coat and flatness of the face.
Cats with Chinchilla
coloration tend to be
less dish-faced, slightly slimmer, and more soft coated, while Red
colored Persians, known as "Red Self", tend to be quite large and thick
exaggeratedly flat faces, and so on....
of the top show-cats have face
structures so extreme that the eyes are directly in line with the
nose, and the mouth takes on almost a vertical appearance.
These characteristics are
a matter of personal taste, but can also effect the cats health, and
the health of the breed over time, causing breathing problems, eye and
tooth problems, and even issues with brain health. For this
reason, having a chance to observe the parent cats can be especially
important when buying a Persian kitten.
With these cats you can
find almost any color in almost any of the body types, with almost any
length of coat if you have a strong preference and in the showring it
is common to see a wide variety of features competing for the
In large cat shows Persian cats are shown in groups by color, and since Persians are bred in dozens of recognized colors it can be quite an amazing site.
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gentle mellow sweet
very adaptable loves childrenlong coat high shedding lots of special care required
personality of the Persian cat is the product of centuries of work.
This breed was created purely for domestic companionship. It
surprisingly capable of adjusting to a myriad of lifestyles, loves
children, dogs, horses and even tends to travel well.
It excels in its
domestic duties with a presence that is
sweet, very mellow and very adaptable.
The Persian cat is recognized by the Cat
largest cat organization. It is easily one of the most popular
pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds in the world.
The coat is long and profuse with a dense
undercoat. Matting occurs freely and regularly and you must brush this
times a week
to avoid health and skin problems, as well as to maintain their
Regular grooming can be a wonderful and relaxing experience
for both pet and owner, but if you smirked (even just a little)
when you read that then
please don't get a Persian cat. The
attraction of the magnificent coat gets old fast if you don't enjoy the
maintainance, and a shaved Persian is simply a terrible waste
These are round, stocky cats that,
unfortunately, have many breed-related health
issues. They are specifically bred
to be brachycephalic, (flat nosed)
and with the shortening of the face comes many other skeletal issues
affecting the breathing, the eyes, and possibly even the brain in
extreme cases. Prospective owners should
study breeders carefully, and
try to observe the adult cats from each bloodline.
Because it is easy-going and revels in quiet interaction, the Persian is a nice family cat that does surprisingly well with considerate children, dogs, and other pets, and, with grooming requirements in mind, can be a truly wonderful companion for an elderly apartment dweller. See also the Exotic Shorthair cat which offers many of the Persian cats charms without the long coat. -Persian Cat Facts
kittens tend to be just a little less rowdy than some other breeds.
They are not as likely to escape their confines or wander off, and are
usually very content to snuggle up on human furniture.
cats are the product of breeding for domestic companionship, and so
they seek the creature comforts. If you don't want to share your bed
with your Persian you must establish that boundary early or else
abandon the fight
is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken
when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when
carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under
counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong
urge to explore.
Appearance, the Persian kitten looks very much like a
They tend to have more of a" baby fuzz" which will fill out
over time, and because the cheeks and forehead develop over time, they
won't have the same expression as an adult. They grow slowly and reach
full size at about 3 years.
This is a very well-known breed, the most popular breed world-wide, and are readily available. If you are looking for a pure bred Persian kitten to buy you will not have to search a long to find a Persian cat breeder. Now the biggest decision...what color?
Shape: The head should
be very large, rounded and well-formed, relatively flat and straight
between the ears. The nose is short, sometimes snubbed. The cheeks are
full with broad, full jaw and firm chin. The ears are small, well
furnished, rounded at the tip, and wide-set. The eyes are large and
round with great expression highly desirable. Color may be any,
sometimes dependent on coat color.
Body and Tail: The body should be large, round and heavy boned with a cobby quality - relatively short legs and a level back. Thick neck and broad shoulders and hips. The tail is long and full, carried proudly. The legs are short, straight, and well boned with large round feet.
Coat: The coat should be long and fluffy, standing well off the body. Good length over the entire body with full tail plume, britches and neck ruff. Glossy, soft and extravagant.
Pattern: Persian cats are available in a candy shop of colors with specific desirable elements to each shade.
Overall Appearance: Big and beautiful. An elegant, grand looking long-haired cat with big bones, a cobby body, massive, round head and expressive eyes. These cats have been bred for domestic companionship for centuries and they make excellent company. Sweet, patient personality.