The Persian Cat

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The Persian cat is the quintessential pure-bred cat. Most of what you see in these cats was man-made. Flat, 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

The Persian absolutely requires regular and thorough grooming, and anyone who might be pressed for time should consider one of the more naturally occurring long-haired cat breeds instead, like the Norwegian Forest cat or the Turkish Angora cat, although neither has the laid back nature and lap-cat credentials of the lovely and classically beautiful Persian. (For the personality without the poof see the Exotic Shorthair cat) Persians tend to display slightly different characteristics depending on color since many of the colors breed true, and breeders can greatly influence things like size, personality, and in the case of this breed, the amount of coat and flatness of the face. Chinchillas tend to be less dish-faced, slightly slimmer, and more soft coated, while Red Persians, or "Red Self", tend to be quite large and thick with exaggeratedly flat faces, and so on....

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Persian Cat Personality

The personality of the Persian cat is the product of centuries of work. This breed was created purely for domestic companionship. It is 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

very sweet, very mellow and very adaptable

The Persian cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is easily one of the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds in the world. There are several varieties that are almost breeds unto themselves including the Himalayan cat and the Chinchilla. All colors and patterns occur, and in the top show rings, each color

is shown separately. The coat is long and profuse with a dense undercoat. Matting occurs freely and regularly and you must brush this cat several times a week to avoid health and skin problems, as well as to maintain their appearance. Regular grooming can be a wonderful and relaxing experience for both pet and owner, but if you smirked when you read that then please don't get a Persian cat. 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

Persian Cat Breed Standards

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Head 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.

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