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Persian Cat Breeds - Chinchilla and Himalayan Breeds

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Body Size - Medium to Large
Coat Length - Short
Life Span - 15 Years


Persian Description

Persian cats have a medium to large, square body type, often referred to as "cobby". The face is round and quite flat, and the ears are small. The tail is relatively short and bushy. The coat is long and silky. It is very fine and mats easily. Many coat colour variants and patterns exist. The Himalayan variant has a cream coat with darker "points" (the ears, face, paws and tip of the tail). colours accepted for the points include lilac, chocolate, blue, seal and patterning. The Persian variant has a pure white chest and chin, and the rest of the coat is solid coloured with silver tips. The Persian breed variants are referred to as "colour point longhairs" in the United Kingdom, instead of being recognized as a specific breed with colour variants as it is in the United States.

Persian History

Persian cats have been popular since Victorian times. The original Persian cats were from Turkey, and probably had a solid white coat. These cats were called Angoras, after the Turkish capital of Ankara, and should not be confused with the present day breed, the Turkish Angora. There are historical claims that Queen Victoria and the royal family had Persian cats. The Persian variant was promoted in England in the 1880's, and the first known Persian is preserved at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London. The Himalayan variant was developed in the 1920's by a Swedish geneticist, Dr. Tjebbes, and was first bred in the United States in the 1930's.

Persian Traits

Persian cats are very docile and make good pets for those that do not mind grooming their cat daily.

Persian Cat

Persian Health

The flattened face configuration prized in the breed predisposes Persian cats to upper respiratory infections and abnormalities of the oral and nasal cavities. Some lines of Persian cats are predisposed to renal (kidney) failure. Persian cats are more prone to dystocia (difficulty giving birth) than are other breeds. If not carefully brushed daily, the silky coat mats to the skin, predisposing the animal to skin infection. Animals with a white coat and blue eyes are more likely to be deaf than are animals with a coloured coat or eyes.

Persian Summary

The ideal Persian should present an impression of a heavily boned, well-balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. The large round eyes set wide apart in a large round head contribute to the overall look and expression. The long thick coat softens the lines of the cat and accentuates the roundness in appearance.

Edited by Darren Robinson

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