Cat Breeds- Persian Cat Breed

Cats give us love and make us smile

As cat owners and people who care deeply for animals and wildlife, we wanted our Cat Encyclopedia to be a website that could empower pet owners to create the most positive, loving environment for their cats. Cat Encyclopedia realizes that owning a house cat is like adding a new member to your family.

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.

 
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.

Persian cat Persian cat face persian kitten at house cats central
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

     



Search: