About The Breed

The Persian cat breed dates back to 1684 BC it originated in Persia now Iran. Persians were registered as a breed in CFA in 1871.

Persians have a docile affectionate personality. They can be playful but tend not to be cats that like to jump on high places. With proper care and routine vet exams they live to be 15 to 20 years old.

They are a high maintenance breed that requires daily grooming and cleaning of their eyes.

There are two types of Persian faces. The doll face which has a lower nose and the extreme face (peke).

Standard:

Extreme/Peke face, round head, large eyes, small ears, cobby body, short legs and tail. They come in a variety of colors solid, tabby, bi-color and smoke.

Personality:

Laid back and loving. They prefer a home without a lot of noise.

Care:

Daily grooming, eye care and litter box cleaning. Bathing once a month.
Yearly vet exams and vaccinations.

Health:

  • Sometimes have breathing problems because of their tiny noses. They can make wheezing and snorting noises just like Pug dogs
  • Excessive tearing
  • Prone to eye ulcers
  • Prone to URI’s
  • PKD – genetic
  • Teeth can not line up or go off
  • Bacterial infections
  • Ringworm

Himalayans are the most popular of all three breeds. Bred with the Siamese they kept the standard yet brought out the different color points and while keeping the blue eyes of the Siamese.

Another favorite is the Exotic Short Hair bred with the American Short hair to get a standard Persian look with a short coat. They tend to have a more spunky personality and can play excessively.

Breeders dedicate themselves to breeding healthy cats and testing for genetic problems. As well as keeping up on education of the breed.

More information regarding this breed can be found below:

http://www.cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/Persian.aspx

http://www.cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/Persian/PERHIMArticle(1999).aspx

http://www.cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsCJ/Exotic/ExoticArticle.aspx