The Persian cat is one of the favorite cat breeds of the world. it is also the best-selling purebred cat globally. This can be explained by its rounded shapes, its long and abundant hair, and its characteristic face with a short muzzle. Its character can also explain the craze of which the Persian cat is the object: the Persian is a calm cat, docile and homey, which makes it the ideal apartment cat.
- Size: about 30cm
- Weight: from 3 to 5 kg
- Character: calm, gentle, tranquil, easy-going
- Coat: long
- Color: very varied, ranging from black to red, passing through blue, cream, white, tortoiseshell, cream blue, cinnamon, silver, and golden
- Predisposition to diseases: heart, respiratory or kidney diseases, eye diseases, breast tumors, skin infections
- Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years.
The Persian cat, very popular, is distinguished first of all by its long and abundant coat. The shape of its flattened muzzle is also characteristic of the breed. Its physical characteristics are as follows:
The tail is straight, well supplied, rather short without losing its proportionality in relation to the length of the body. Indeed, a too-long tail is eliminatory.
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Origins of the Persian cat
The Persian cat is an extremely popular cat. Its name comes from one of its ancestors: the Turkish angora, native to the region of ancient Persia, on the borders of Turkey and Iran. The Turkish Angora is the ancestor of the Persian cat and passed on its long-haired coat to it.
However, as with most cat breeds, the origins of Persian are also discussed. One theory would trace the first ancestor of Persian in the region of Khorassan, located in the north-east of Iran, of which Buffon, a French naturalist of the 18th century, mentions in the volume on quadrupeds of his Histoire Naturelle, générale et particular, with the description of the Cabinet du Roy.
The first Persians would have been brought back by the explorer Pietro da Valle in the 17th century to Italy, the country from which he came. The Persian was therefore first reproduced in Italy, then would have been exported to France where it was a cat particularly acclaimed by the bourgeoisie. The Persians then went to Great Britain, to finally win the United States.
Physical characteristics of Persian
There are many varieties of the Persian cat, there are more than 200 of them. The Persian has a common breed standard with the Exotic Shorthair and the Colourpoint. The Himalayan, from Persian and Siam, displays the color point of Siam, that is to say with a mask and ends darker than the rest of the body.
Persian cat: character
The Persian is therefore a cat with a very pleasant personality. The development of the breed has indeed contributed to making it an indoor cat, which appreciates being able to bask in peace.
Not very talkative, the Persian knows how to display his dissatisfaction more by the expression of his face. He will flee environments that are too hectic or noisy, which is why if cohabitation with children is planned, it is important to provide him with spaces where he can be calm and to teach children not to carry him too much in his arms.
The Persian is a cat who knows how to live alone, even if he appreciates the company of his owner. Aware of his beauty, the Persian also likes to be flattered and admired.
It is an ideal companion for people who live in an apartment.
Needs of the Persian cat
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