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Persian Cat Breed
Persians, with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breed in popularity. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment. Creatures of habit, they 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.
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While the history of the Persian breed is mainly unrecorded, we do know it has been around for centuries. There are even hieroglyphic references to a longhaired cat in the region. The exact origins will never be known but we do know that the first cat shows in Britain included Persian cats. These early cat fanciers defined the standard that was to give the Persian its modern look. The early Persian descriptions sounded very like today's description: round head, short face, snub nose with stop, round full cheeks and a cobby body with a deep full chest. Since the late 1800s, cat fanciers have been selecting for rounder heads, smaller ears, shorter noses, bigger eyes, cobbier bodies and heavier boning. The Persians of today look little like the Persians of yesteryear.
The long, luxuriant coat is the hallmark of the Persian. A heavy ruff surrounds the head, the coat flows over the body reaching to the floor in top examples of the breed and the tail is a thick flowing plume. The Persian coat takes time to maintain and each color and pattern has a distinct texture that requires special care. Their heads are round with open sweet expressions earning them the comparison to the beautiful pansy. The ideal Persian has a head as round as a ball and a square body balanced by a short thick tail. Huge round copper eyes light up the face and the snub nose sits right between the eyes. The break is the center of the face and the round dome is as high above it as the round chin is below it.
Cat Fanciers Association Cat Breeds:
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ABYSSINIAN AMERICAN BOBTAIL AMERICAN CURL AMERICAN SHORTHAIR AMERICAN WIREHAIR BALINESE BIRMAN BOMBAY BRITISH SHORTHAIR BURMESE CHARTREUX COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR CORNISH REX DEVON REX EGYPTIAN MAU EUROPEAN BURMESE EXOTIC HAVANA BROWN JAPANESE BOBTAIL JAVANESE KORAT LAPERM MAINE COON MANX NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT OCICAT ORIENTAL PERSIAN RAGDOLL RUSSIAN BLUE SCOTTISH FOLD SELKIRK REX SIAMESE SIBERIAN SINGAPURA SOMALI SPHYNX TONKINESE TURKISH ANGORA TURKISH VAN
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