Persians, with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breed in popularity, and perhaps the most recognisable. Although many people cannot name more than a few cat breeds, almost all of them will be able to name the Persian.
It is said that the forerunners of today's Persians were brought back by 17th century European explorers along with jewels, silks and spices from faraway Persia. Other longhaired cats came from Turkey and were classed as Angora. Regarded as luxuries, they soon became the feline status symbol of the elite. These cats were called Persian for their country of origin, but hieroglyphic references of this breed as early as 1684 BC add uncertainty to their exact beginnings.
The Persian is a heavily boned, well-balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. Despite their heavy appearance, Persians move with an unexpected agility. The Persian also sports a long, flowing coat draped on a compact, chunky, short body referred as "cobby" supported by short, thick legs. Large round eyes set wide apart in a large round head with small wide-spaced rounded ears contribute to the overall look and expression. A broad, sweeping brush of a tail as wide as the body completes the picture.
The Persian's beautiful coat is long and thick, standing away from the body. An immense ruff continues in a deep frill between the cat's front legs. Proper maintenance of the coat requires a daily run-through with a metal comb to eliminate the potential drawbacks of tangles and hairballs. Occasional bathing is required to keep the coat clean, healthy and beautiful. Time and commitment to a daily grooming routine is required of the Persian owners, and most will enjoy this quality time spend with their cats.
Persians adapt well to an indoor environment and are generally quiet, calm and totally laid-back.
Their sweet and gentle personalities blend well into most households. Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages. They are also extremely affectionate and loving cats always responsive to their humans. Although placid, Persian are playful in their own way. The gentle Persian is a constant source of joy and delight to their humans and make wonderful, close and enduring companions.
The Persian's beautiful coat comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, including parti-colours, bi-colours, shadeds, smokes, solids and tabbies. Persians are divided into seven colour divisions for the purpose of competition. These divisions are established on the basis of the colour pattern. Large, round owl-like eyes are found in a rainbow of colours with eye colour relevant to the Persian colour divisions.
Persian Cat Club Club dedicated to the Persian Cat.
Persian-cats.com Persian Cat information, pictures and links.
Blue Persian Cat Society First and oldest Longhair cat club in the world.
United Silver Fanciers International CFA cat club dedicated to the Silver Persian.
Longhair and Semi-Longhair Cat Club Cat Club devoted to Persians Cats and other Semi-Longhairs.
Guide to Owning a Persian Cat by Juliet Seymour.
Persian Cats by Edward Essarde.
Persian Cats by Marianne Mays.
Persian Cats and Other Long Hairs by Jeanne Alice Ramsdale.
The Persian Cat by Joanne Mattern.
Persian Cats : Everything About About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Disease, and Behaviour (Special Chapter : Understanding Persian Cats) by Ulrike Muller, Matther M. Phd Vrieds (Editor).
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