Persian cat is one of the most famous and beloved in the world. There are many theories about the origin of this breed.
History of the origin of the breed
According to one theory, a Persian cat appeared in Europe long ago, more than 400 years ago. There is evidence that being in a 12-year journey (in Eastern Europe, India) the famous Italian aristocrat noticed an unusual cat. This cat literally captivated him with its extraordinary appearance.
A Persian cat was brought to Italy for breeding, but further information about its fate was lost.
Later, charming Persian cats appeared in France, when they were brought by a politician from Ankara. Very soon, Cardinal de
Richelieu learned about the extraordinary Persian, who became one of the first who started breeding this breed. These cats were very popular at the court of the King of France.
After France, these cats appeared in the UK, where the beginning of breeding of the breed was started, the appearance of which is known today.
Description of the breed
A Persian kitten is a “miracle” of nature, which, by its very appearance, makes one smile, causing the desire to “squeeze” it. The description of these cats can be interpreted in just a few words – a fluffy, goggle-eyed with a flattened muzzle.
Based on this description, it’s easy to understand what the Persian cat looks like, but it’s not enough if you want to buy a purebred kitten. To answer the question of how to determine the real Persian cat, you need to know the characteristics of the breed.
The main signs based on which it is possible to determine the breed of a Persian cat are the following:
- The body is large, squat, on low legs. Chest and shoulders are muscular and fairly wide.
- The head is massive, round in proportional shape.
- Neck is strong, of medium length (or short), but quite strong, is a reliable support for a large head.
- The ears are small, widely planted and located low to the skull. The tips of the ears are slightly rounded and have a slight fuzziness (tufts of fur).
- Fur is long, (can reach a length of up to 12 centimeters), silky and very thick. A very fluffy collar should be present on the cat’s neck. Bunches of fur should be visible between the fingers of the paws,.
- Tail is of medium length with a slightly rounded tip, very fluffy.
- Muzzle is flattened, with convex forehead, strong chin, full cheeks and short broad nose (with well-open nostrils).
- Round eyes, widely opened, as if the cat is always surprised.
- Jaws are strong and broad.
- Color can be different, as monophonic and two-color and three-color.
The character of the Persians is different in that they are exclusively domestic cats. Affectionate, trusting and very calm, they are not afraid of children (an ideal breed for children) and behave like puppies, constantly following the owner.
Persian kittens are very curious, they love to explore everything new and they will happily play with something. Some Persians like to sit on the shoulder of their owner, but do not worry, they hide the claws. Peaceful and submissive is the dream of many cat lovers.
Reviews of those who were lucky enough to have such a pet are only positive (disadvantage – fur, constantly requiring care).
The size of animals does not differ much from the standards of other breeds of cats. An adult Persian cat of medium size reaches a weight of 7 kilograms.
They look like more than ordinary cats because of their long thick fur.
The life expectancy of Persian cats is 10 to 15 years.
Care and Feeding
It is quite complicated to care for Persians because their fur constantly needs to be combed and bathing, and besides this there are also 2 drawbacks that arose after the selection of the breed:
- Nasal septal defect, which is the cause of persistent sniffing and snoring;
- Overlapping of tear glands, because of which cats constantly “cry”.
You can feed the Persian, as well as other cats, by choosing one of the types of feeding: natural or special (dry food, canned food).
Persian cat can have a completely unpredictable color. The photos below are proof of this.
Persian cat can have monochrome colors (gray, black, white, red), and can have other (two-color, tortoiseshell). Let’s consider more in details the most widespread colors of Persians and look at the photos:
- White Persian cat strikes with its beauty, but requires more careful care than animals of other colors.
- Gray Persians are very interesting cats. There are colors of light and dark shades of gray.
- Black color is rare. These cats have a special charm and surprise.
- Red-haired Persian cat is a very sweet creature, it is claimed that its presence in the house brings money.
- Blue Persian cats were very popular in the 15th century, and 2 blue cats were favorites of Queen Victoria.
- Red color (bright red) refers to the ancient.
- Cream kittens are born from cats with a weak color gene, resulting in such a shade.
- Chocolate Persian cat appeared not so long ago, but already won the love of many “cat-owners”.
- Purple color is quite rare, but in demand.
- Two-colored (bicolor) Persians have been known for a long time, there are a lot of variations of their shades.
- Turtle cats are very funny, their color can acquire shades, both light and dark.
- Chinchillas are especially beautiful cats, but so far they are rare.
There are also other colors of Persians, mixed of those mentioned above, both bicolor and tricolor.
Persian cat price
On the questions about how much the Persian kittens cost and where to buy, it’s impossible to answer unequivocally, because everything depends on some factors. The cost depends on the pedigree, color, age.
The average price is $50-$500 US.