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Variety:
Persian cats

Country of origin:
Iran

Colours:
White, brown, cream, black, blue, grey, silver, brown, gold, multi-colour combinations

Weight:
4-7 kg

Durability:
14-15 years

Other names:
Persian cat

Persian cats are first and foremost striking for their appearance, which is truly exceptional. However, the character of these cats is no less captivating: Persian cat breeders agree that these beauties are a joy to keep. This is for several reasons: first of all, Persian cats simply adore spending time with their owners, and return their attention with love and warmth. They are also quite calm and reserved cats, which adds a touch of cosiness to any home. It is true that Persian cats can be a bit arrogant: some see this as an advantage, others as a disadvantage.

History of the breed

Persian cats are said to have originated in Persia (present-day Iraq). An Italian, Piero Dela Val, travelling in Eastern Europe, discovered the strange-looking long-haired cats, a pair of which he brought back to his homeland for breeding. A few years later, the French scientist Nicolas Claude Farbis de Peir took an interest in these cats and brought some back to Europe. Cardinal Richelieu, a friend of the scientist, was also very interested in the cats and later became the first breeder of the breed. In 1766, Francois Louis Leclerc’s book „True Histories“ mentions two types of long-haired cats – Angora and Persian. One theory of the origin of the Persian cat denies that Persian cats are of oriental origin. The Persian cat is said to have originated in Russia, from where the breed was exported to Eastern countries. At the end of the 16th century, Persian cats were already found in Italy, and a little later in France. However, the true origin of the Persian cat is still unclear to this day. The breed was first officially registered in 1887 in England. Since then, Persian cats have become very popular and are still considered one of the most beautiful and popular cat breeds.

Persian cats: appearance

Persian cats are characterised by their highly ornate coat and flat muzzle. They are very elegant cats, usually weighing up to 7 kilograms.The head of this breed is round and dome-shaped, with a size proportional to the body. The neck is short, rather thick and muscular. The body is rounded in the middle, the back is short and the chest is deep. The eyes of Persian cats are large and round, quite far apart, and the colour must match the colour of the coat. The ears are small, with rounded tips, far apart. The length and width of the nose should be equal and the nostrils open. The muzzle is short and broad. Tail short, straight, always in proportion to body length. Leg bones are large, muscles well developed. The coat is long, the undercoat is very dense, the neck is decorated with a large collar, and various coat colours are possible.

Persian cats: character

The Persian cat – is an ideal household pet with a gentle character. These cats trust their owners implicitly and always reward their attention and care with a soft purr. Although Persian cats often appear to be unhappy with everything, they are in fact characterised by a zest for life. They are quite sensitive cats and can hardly tolerate stress – changes in living conditions can weaken their immunity. Persian cats are quite conservative and have a hard time accepting novelty, so it is important to accustom the cat to different situations from a young age.This breed can only live indoors – they might survive outdoors, but these cats need human attention and help with their fur. Persian cats are not suitable for people who are away from home all day – these cats have a very hard time with loneliness and will be really sad if left alone.

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