Persian Cats Breed Description

Persian Cats Breed Description & History

Persian Cats PicturePersian Cats with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breed in popularity. Persian Cats have sweet, gentle personalities that blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment. Creatures of habit, Persian Cats are most at home in an atmosphere of security and serenity, but with love and reassurance, can easily adapt to the most boisterous of households. Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages. Persians have short heavily-boned legs to support their broad, short bodies. They like to have their feet firmly planted and are not given to high jumping and climbing. Playful but never demanding, they love to pose and will drape themselves in a favorite window or chair, enhancing the decor in much the same way as a treasured painting. Persian Cats are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to their owners. Pleasurable as an unexpected sunbeam, their companionship is close and enduring.

Persian Cats with their long flowing coats require proper maintenance. A daily run-through with a metal comb to eliminate the potential of tangles and hairballs is helpful. An occasional bath, attempted only after a complete comb-through and clipping of their nail tips, will keep the coat clean, healthy and beautiful. It is wise to establish a routine of bathing when they are young kittens.

Persians Cats are divided into seven color divisions for the purposes of competition. These divisions are established on the basis of color pattern. Red peke-face Persians Cats, with more extreme facial conformation, appear in both the Solid and the Tabby Division. Solid chocolate and solid lavender Persians Cats are known as the Kashmir in CFF. It is still called by this breed name in some older cat breed books.

The Seven Persian Color Divisions:

Black Persian CatSolid Colored Division of Persian Cats
~ Blues (copper eyes only)
~ Blacks (copper eyes only)
~ Chocolates (copper eyes only)

~ Reds (copper eyes only)
~ Whites (copper, blue, or one blue & copper-called odd eyes)


Silver Persian CatSilver & Golden Division of Persian Cats
The Silver and Golden Division consists of chinchilla and shaded silvers and goldens. The exquisite silvers are considered the most ethereal of all Persians. The chinchilla is a sparkling white cat with black tipping scattered as evenly as stardust, ever so lightly, on the face, legs, tail and body. Shadeds show a mantle of black on the back, shading evenly down the sides. The tipping on the legs and face should match and is darker than the chinchilla. Goldens are either chinchilla or shaded. Their ground color is a rich, warm cream tipped with black. Silvers and goldens have green or blue-green eyes rimmed with black, black paw pads and brick red or rose nose leather.