The Persian Cat is a long haired breed of cat known for its round face and shortened muzzle. The name comes from Persia which was a middle eastern region hundreds of years ago that is now known as Iran. Similar looking cats are found across the middle east and the breed were taken to Europe during the 17th and 18th century. Persians are now bred across the world and are one of the most famous and popular cat breeds.
The Persian breed have round shaped bodies with short legs. They have a solid bone structure within their thick coat. There are many sub breeds amongst Persians which are classed as separate breeds in some countries. For example the Himalayan, Exotic Long Hair and Miniature Persian all derive from the Persian. Each sub breed looks slightly different in appearance to their Persian cousins. This breed are famously known for their round faces and shortened muzzles.
Persians come in all cat colours.
Persians are fantastic companions with a loving affectionate personality. They are very charming and come across relaxed and noble. Although they are not a breed that require lots of physical activity they do like to play and crave attention from humans. Persians can make fantastic companions and are the stereotypical lap cat.
Persian Health Issues
The Persian Breed can be prone to kidney problems due to the gene that causes Polycystic Kidney Disease. This disease also known as PKD is often bred out of certain lines and normally cats identified with this disease are neutered or spayed.
The Cat Guide Score Card
★ Appearance 5/5
★ Grooming Maintenance 5/5
★ Distress if Left Alone 4/5
★ Distress if Kept in Doors 1/5
★ Activity Levels 2/5
The Persian Cat is a beautiful breed with a loving affectionate personality. This is a great cat to have if you have the time to maintain their lovely coats which you should devote at least 30 minutes a day to. If you do not have time to do this then this breed is not recommended as their fur will get matted and this can cause both you and your cat stress. Being an expensive breed that is more prone to illness than other breeds a good quality cat insurance policy is recommended.