In the XVII century at the court of England’s King a caravan which brought spices from India and Persia brought also a longhaired cat. This cat was called “Persian” as the country of origin (Persia – today Iran). Actually this is attested from 1684 I.H.
Today’s Persian cat is the result of the labor done by breeders and is maybe the most popular cat breed in the world. They succeeded to keep a harmony between health, physical force and nice temperament. The Persian cats have charm and a special beauty which can’t be surpassed by other cats. That’s the reason for which they are considered “aristocrat” cats.
Calm and calculated they manifest a special attachment for their master and are perfectly satisfied with the flat life. Sociable, peaceful, never aggressive, sweet and affectionate, they are always a good company and they also get along perfectly with children and… dogs! Persians are not scatterbrained and stifling but rather cautious and distant in relation to people and especially with strangers. They love their master but you will need time, patience and temper for raising and taking care of them. Well educated, especially the tomcat is charming and a great company. They don’t have the curiosity other animals have and don’t crave to unweave nor to explore everything.
Their meowing will not derange you as is very discreet and delicate and you’ll hear it very seldom. They need a special attention even since they are kittens (especially for their fur). They reach maturity around 16-18 months and the puberty last for 4-6 months. Life expectancy for them is 9-12 years. For the Persian breed there are recognized 42 colors and combined types so more than enough to make a choice.
Anatomically, Persians are solid cats, medium sized and their head is massive round and wide, proportional to body size. They have small rounded ears, small wide face, a very flat snub nose and big round eyes (brilliant color). The legs are short, thick and strong with big and round paws and their tail is short and bushy. Because of the small lower jaw they will have eating disorders (as they grab food with difficulty). They will have also ophthalmic problems because of their tear channels which are too short.
The fur of Persian cats is long and thick. That’s why you’ll have to brush it daily otherwise it will tangle and you have to cut it, which is not recommended. Taking baths is not a problem for Persians and it will be good to bathe them weekly at a suitable temperature using a special shampoo avoiding eyes area.
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