- Breed Size:
- Height: 25-38 cm
- Weight: 3-5 kg
- Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
- Learning Rate: Medium
- Country of Origin: Persia (Iran)
One of the most desirable cat breeds, the Persian cats are known for their free-flowing long fur and flat face. Not just do they have the pretty coat to impress, they have a relaxed and soft-tempered attitude which makes them lovelier. If you are looking for a gorgeous-looking soft coated lap cat, the Persian is the one. They are full of love and affection, which makes them the perfect family cat.
This medium-sized cat is known for their appearance, mostly the beautiful fur. They have thick fur coats with large eyes and short stature. Their coat is typical of gray, orange, cream, copper, hazel and blue hues. Over the years, two varieties of Persian cats have come forth – one is traditional, and the other shows variety. The traditional one is the one with a doll face, and the show replicates the Pekingese dogs and usually has flatter faces and smaller ears.
Persians are soft-tempered cats and quite elegant not just in looks but attitude too. They are curious and happy. They love being loved and in return, adores you, a perfect lap cat to have. Unlike most cats, you won’t find the Persian cat hanging on the curtains or jumping on the shelves. You’d instead find them cozying up in a corner or in some warm spot in the house. They are also relatively silent and won’t purr all the time unless something serious needs your attention.
Their docile nature and affectionate behavior towards their owners nourish a beautiful bond between them both. They are equally lovable and gentle towards small kids and other pets in the house. If you already have a cat or other pets in the place, see that you introduce your Persian carefully with them. Once they approve of each other, they will be best friends. They also make outstanding bonds when they grow up together.
Persian cats are not much active but like relaxing on a couch and observing. You won’t find them following you from one room to another, but they’ll wait patiently on a sofa for you to be free and then spend time with them. This super adorable cat is, however, not ideal for a chaotic household. Persian cats are peaceful and like to be treated that way. Strict behavior or harsh behavior can affect them emotionally and mentally. Even while training them, make sure you are patient enough to let them learn what is being taught.
There is no exact date or time as when the Persian cat was introduced to the modern world. But feline historians believe that it was in the 1600s when this long-haired beauty was brought to Europe from Iran, then known as Persia. The breed’s long luxurious hair became an instant hit, and the 17th-century Italian nobleman and traveler Pietro Della Valle brought the Persian cat to Europe in 1626. By the 1800s, the Persian cats were all over Britain, and Queen Victoria took a special interest in the breed. The Queen herself had a Persian cat named White Heather who lived with her in Buckingham Palace.
The cat breed was introduced in the United States in the late 1800s. The Cat Fancier’s Association registered the Persian in 1906 and since then was part of the modern-day art and culture. Today, the Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds and family pets.