Persian Cat - Noble, relaxed and cuddly

What is it that makes the Persian Cat such a popular pedigree breed? This is a question that many who do not know the breed very well ask. Above all its their character that answers this question really. This is because Persians cats are deemed to be particularly calm, peaceful and relaxed. A satisfied Persian cat is actually very balanced and usually easy to keep in a house or apartment. The only minus in keeping is the complex fur care, which must be carried out regularly. But it's worth it, on average, you can enjoy the wonderful fur and clinging nature of this silky feline for around 20 years.

The Character of the Persian Cat

Even if the Persian Cat appears to look a little grim with its characteristic face shape and small nose, however, they are actually very friendly and extremely cuddly cats. The relaxed and balanced nature of the Persian cat makes the animal the ideal companion, who feels completely comfortable as an indoor cat.

Keeping and Caring of the Persian Cat

In contrast to the other cats, the urge for freedom is rather low in comparison to other cats. They like to be cozy and prefer to make themselves comfortable on the sofa instead of going on a discovery adventure. Due to their long and lush fur that can grow up to 10cm long, the Persian cat has an intensive care routine. The thick undercoat must not become matted, which is why it should be combed and brushed every day or at least every other day for around a quarter of an hour. So that there are no problems, it makes sense to get Persian cats that are used to regular kitten grooming as a wellness programme. With a soft brush and comb you should work your way from head to tail. When you get to the tail make sure it is brushed and not combed, otherwise this magnificent tail hair can be pulled out.

Colours of the Persain Cat

At the start of Persian breeding, the colour spectrum was still clear, black, white and blue. Since then, Persian cats have come in all sorts, including multi-coloured shades, new colours such as lilac or chocolate are increasingly being grown also. A colour variant of the Persian Cat, which has since been used as a separate breed, is the so called colourpoint which was created by crossing Siamese cats.

History and Origins of the Persian Cat

The systematic breeding of the Persian cats began in England in the mid 19th century. There has been much speculation about the origins of the first parents of the first bred cats. At first it was assumed that Persian long haired cats and Angora cats were descendants. However, recent studies locate the genetic roots of the Persian cat to long haired domestic cats from Russia. The early specimens shown since the first cat show in London in 1871 hardly looked much like the modern Persian cat, in the course of the breeding history, the fur of the cats became more and more lush, the body became thicker and the nose flatter. In the 1970’s Persian cat breeding was particularly booming in the United States. For animals, this resulted in serious breathing and tear duct problems. Fortunately, European breeders today take care that there are Persians with a nose again. The name “Persian” itself only entered the terminology at the beginning of the 20th century with the first breeding clubs.

Special Features

Persians eat their food with their tongue instead of the teeth so make sure you have the right consistency in their food. Since the beginning of this century there have been more and more taipei Persian cats, which are in accordance with today's breed standard and are in good health. It is worth looking for them, because not only does the tendency for problems with breathing decrease, so does thermoregulation decrease. Watery eyes and an inherited kidney disease are also less likely in such animals. The latter only occurs at an advanced age, but the predisposition to this can be clarified early with an ultrasound examination. With appropriate care, Persian cats can live to be as old as other breeds, and 20-year-olds are not uncommon.


  • Race: Persian cat
  • Origin: unexplained; widespread assumption: Middle East (Iran), probably Russian roots according to the latest research
  • Size: medium to large
  • Weight: Cats up to 6 kg, hangovers up to 8 kg
  • Anatomy: compact body, broad chest, low, stocky legs, round paws
  • Head shape: broad, round skull, rounded forehead; Nose short and broad, with a clear stop between the eyes; the nostrils must be open; Today Persians are bred "with a nose"
  • Eyes: orange to copper-colored, large, round, widely spaced
  • Fur and color: long and dense, with undercoat and a ruff on the chest and shoulders; all colors are allowed
  • Grooming: daily brushing is essential to prevent matting
  • Particularities: tufts of hair should be between the toes
  • Character: friendly, balanced, gentle and uncomplicated
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