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Meet the Persian Cat Breed

Meet the Persian Cat Breed

A quintessential example of the pampered pet, the Persian cat breed is not only one of the most well-known, but also one of the oldest of the cat breeds. Known for its distinctive, flat-shaped face and large, round eyes, the Persian is one of the most easily identified cat breeds by veteran and new cat show visitors alike.

Other distinctive features include a short, stocky body; small, rounded ears and a tiny nose. The Persian’s long, luxurious coat is also a hallmark of the breed. To maintain its shine and gloss, Persians require nutrition that can support both skin and coat health. Persians come in seven color categories: solids, silvers/golden, smoke/shaded, tabby, parti-color, bi-color and Himalayan.

The Himalayan variety is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese, resulting in “points,” where the ears, mask, paws and tail are all one color. The “points” can be a variety of colors, including seal, blue, flame and lynx. All Himalayans have bright blue eyes—the darker being the preferred shade.

Silver and Golden Persians also have very specific breed standards. Silver Persians enjoy an elegant look thanks to their black eyeliner, lip liner and nose liner. They have brick-colored noses and either blue or green eyes, which can take up to two years to get to final color. Silvers come in two shades: shaded and chinchilla. Shaded silver consists of a white undercoat and silver tipping that goes down the hair shaft to create darker highlights. Chinchilla silver also has a white undercoat but with silver tips just on the very ends of the hair shaft, giving the cat the appearance of being more white than silver.

Persians are an easy going, laid back cat that tend to follow their pet parents from room to room. Persians also enjoy being admired. Although they look heavy, adults weigh 7–12 lbs., on average. Their coat, however, does require daily brushing to help reduce shedding as well as the development of hairballs.

Along with daily brushing, hairballs can be minimized by ensuring the Persian cat receives enough fiber in his diet. Royal Canin offers a breed-specific formula that features fiber and is crafted in a unique almond-shaped kibble size. Relatively sloppy eaters due to their flat face and stiff lips, Persians tend to use their tongue like a hook when they eat, flipping it backwards and upside down to eat. The almond shape enables the Persian to grasp the kibble with the underside of their tongue.

If you are looking for a constant companion who is relatively calm, not overly playful, and you do not mind a daily grooming routine, the Persian may be the cat breed for you.

Persian Cat Trivia: When placed end to end, how long are the average individual hairs of one Persian cat?

  1. 50 miles
  2. 70 miles
  3. 150 miles
  4. 230 miles

Correct answer: D. Persian cats are known for their long, beautiful coats, that are typically 4 inches and up to 8 inches on the ruff. Placed end to end, the individual hairs can measure 230 miles, compared with a mere 70 miles for a short-haired cat.

Blog notes:

  • Link to cat show

Link to Persian breed video