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Persian Cat Breed Information and Photos

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These long haired beauties are an old breed, originating in the middle east. This is a guide about Persian cat breed information and photos.


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May 14, 2006
Breed Description: The Persian is perhaps the best-known and most easily recognized of the cat breeds today. In appearance, it is a medium-sized cat with a short, compact body, deep chest, muscular shoulders, short, strong legs, and a short powerful neck. The Persian's head is massive and round with small ears, large, expressive eyes and a short snub nose. The cat's coat is dense and long, forming a full mane and a bushy tail.

History & Origin: This breed is thought to descend from the Angora cats of Turkey that were brought back to Europe by sailors and merchants and eventually crossed with other breeds to create a heavier build and longer, thicker coat.

Character & Temperament: This breed is one of the most well-mannered and quiet. It makes an excellent companion because it loves attention. When you pick up a Persian to hug it, it may wrap its paws around your neck, while purring and nudging you with affection. Most Persians are quiet and although appreciate having another feline companion, cope well with being left alone. Generally good-natured and friendly, this breed slow to show anger and is good around children.

Color: Persians come in all manner of colors and patterns. In the U.S., colors are split into several different categories for show purposes: solid colors, shaded colors, smokes, tabby patterns, paricolors and point-restricted colors.


Coat Type: Long, flowing and very full.

Grooming: This breed is not for someone who does not have time to commit to grooming. Persians need daily combing to keep their long coats free of mats and tangles. They should be bathed every few months. Due to watering eyes, their faces need to be cleaned and wiped of stains daily. Claws should be trimmed and ears cleaned when necessary. Health Considerations: White cats are prone to deafness; Persians are also prone to breathing problems and clogged tear ducts.

Trivia: The Persian has the longest and thickest coat of all domestic cats.

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March 19, 2008

Neo is 3 years old and a Persian. We got her at a cat show in 2005. Here's a video of what she likes to do for fun.

By michelle408 from San Jose, CA


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August 31, 200920 found this helpful

Fleur is 5 months old and a Persian. My friend's husband read about her in a newspaper and was so nice to bring her up 5 hours in the car from the Metro Detroit area.

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December 12, 2009

Finn is a one and a half year old Persian. A friend of my son's had a litter and Finn was the runt! Finn likes to run and skid, be chased, play with our other cat who detests her (so it is not really play), jump in buckets, baskets, cans, or anything she fits into. Finn likes to sleep in odd places!


By Carol from Landisville, PA

Finn (Persian)

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September 8, 2013

Your Pet's Age
16 months

Your Pet's Breed

How and when did you get your pet?
From friend of my husband (he works with).
June 2012

What does your pet like to do for fun?
Play with her toys and jump up in the windows in our bedroom and her room.
Get into my clothes dryer.

Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Sophie loves to pose for the camera.


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November 7, 2012

Your Pet's Age

Your Pet's Breed

How and when did you get your pet?
My aunt had two Persians who happened to have a litter of kitties at our house a number of years ago. We kept two - Opus (here shown) and Amber. He was striking in having a slightly less flat face than most Persians. Amber is still with us, though sadly Opus is gone.

What does your pet like to do for fun?
He used to loudly meow when he wanted to be fed - he also spent hours upon hours in his youth chasing the laser beam light from laser pointers. He also really liked to curl up in the bathroom sink!

Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
It has been a month since our poor darling Opus died. He contracted liver cancer and, though we did the best we could by him, we had to let him go. I wanted to take the time today to commemorate him. He is greatly missed!

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January 7, 2013

Chloe is a 3.5 month old Persian. I bought her from local breeder. She enjoys playing with her doll, threads, chicken, and fur. Chloe sleeps a lot. She enjoys sleeping under the bed and also inside my helmet.

By viellabe from Bandung, Indonesia

Chloe the Persian

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July 5, 2006

W.h.i.s.p.e.r. is a sweet stray, approx. 4 yrs old. She looks like a pure Persian according to vet. She adopted us. Stopped at our door and was in desperate need of care. She found the right home : )

She likes to play with moths, flies and any flying insect. This is usually done in a dim lit room. She also loves her tiny rubber ball and knotted cotton rope. There's NOTHING funnier than her 'wicked smile' ; ) A very quiet lady she is; barely whispers when she 'talks', hence her name.

By CanaGin from Canada

W.h.i.s.p.e.r. (Persian Cat)

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November 19, 20050 found this helpful

This if Fluffy, our beautiful persian! She showed up on our doorstep one day and captured our hearts immediately! When we first got her, she was skinny and so sad looking.

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December 20, 20050 found this helpful

Layla is an 8 week old Persian. I am a breeder and she is one of our kittens. She loves to run about and have her picture taken.

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July 8, 20050 found this helpful

Charcoal is a 7 yr. old Persian Cat. He was born and lived on the back porch at my Grandma's house and my Mother told me to pick one of the kittens out and take home for my birthday present that year. So, I picked Charcoal and was able to get him because he was too little to run very fast.

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October 6, 2008

Kozmo is a 4 year old Pure Bred Persian cat. A friend got him for me 3 years ago.

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July 7, 2012

Amber is a 15 year old Persian. My sister brought her from Spain Layabout. She likes to sit on my lap and sleep. She is a queen and she knows it. She hates to be left behind. When packing for a trip we must be careful not to let on.

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