Persian

Average Height

30 - 38cm

Average Weight

4 - 7kg

Expected Lifespan

10 -15 years

Snooty Feline

The Persian is one of these oldest breeds around today. They were originally found in Mesopotamia and later on became Queen Victoria’s most beloved cat. No wonder this breed seems snooty, they were amongst the most noble and royal of people.

The Persian has been know for their placid and quiet behaviour. They are also known for their self-entitled and snooty air that they radiate. If you treat your Persian with gentleness they deserve, then you will have a cat that wants to always be perched on your lap.

The Persian has longer hair compared to most cats. They love to be pampered by their owner with a gentle combing at least twice a week. This is also a great way to bond with your fur ball.

Persians are not comfortable in a noisy environment and for this reason they do not do well in homes that have very young children. This cat only trusts their owners and if you have visitors over that your Persian does not trust, then don’t expect your cat to even acknowledge your guests.

These cats are not very energetic so they aren’t as destructive as most cats. They prefer to just laze about in their favourite chair.

The Persian Anatomy

Head

Head is round and massive. Skull is smooth to the touch. Ears are small and have round tips, they are set well apart and low on the head. Eyes are large, round and well apart. Muzzle is short and broad. Nose is snub with break directly between the eyes.

Body

Neck is short and thick. Body is cobby with a well rounded mid section. Back is short and level. Chest is deep, equally massive across the shoulders and rump. Forelegs are short, thick and straight. Hind legs are straight when viewed from the rear. Paws are large and round.

The Persian Coat and Colours

All tabbies have the same distinctive features, M-shaped marking on their forehead and line leading from the outer corner of each eye. May be one of four patterns; mackerel, spotted, ticked or classic. Mackerel is identified by thin stripes that run parallel down the body. Spotted is identified by spots on the body, can appear to be broken mackerel stripes. Ticked is identified by multiple colour bands on each hair of the body. Classic is identified by bold, swirling patterns across the sides.

  • Brown tabby
  • Blue tabby
  • Blue silver tabby
  • Cameo tabby
  • Chocolate tabby
  • Cream tabby
  • Cream silver tabby
  • Golden tabby
  • Lilac tabby
  • Red tabby
  • Silver tabby

One distinct colour throughout the entire coat.

  • Blue-eyed white
  • Copper-eyed white
  • Odd-eyed white
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Red

Has two distinct colours, white and another colour and/or pattern.

  • Cream-Silver tabby & white
  • Chocolate & white
  • Black smoke & white
  • Blue-Cream smoke & white
  • Blue-Silver & white
  • Blue smoke & white
  • Blue tabby & white
  • Brown tabby & white
  • Cameo tabby & white
  • Chocolate & white
  • Cream-Silver tabby & white
  • Cream smoke & white
  • Lilac & white
  • Red smoke & white
  • Red tabby & white
  • Shaded Cameo & white
  • Shaded Cream & white

This is when the hair is silver/white at the roots, but the tips of each hair make up the cat’s primary colour. Smoked has the most amount of pigmentation, 1/2 the length of the hair is the primary colour. Shaded, 1/4 the length of the hair is the primary colour. Chinchilla, 1/8 the length of the hair is the primary colour.

  • Black smoke
  • Blue chinchilla golden
  • Blue smoke
  • Blue shaded silver
  • Blue shaded golden
  • Blue-Cream smoke
  • Calico smoke
  • Cream smoke
  • Red smoke

Some Persian Traits

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Friendliness
Intelligence
Playfulness
Sensitivity
Grooming Frequency
Shedding

Common Medical Conditions in Persians

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