Cat Breeds

Persian Cat Advantages and Challenges


  • Persian Cats are known to be gentle and docile
  • Persian Cats are adaptable to other pets and gentle kids
  • Persian Cats have a very quiet meow
  • The Persian Cat doesn’t require much exercise and is well suited to apartment living


  • Persian Cats prefer a quiet and harmonious environment – doesn’t handle chaos and stress well
  • Persian Cats Can be notoriously picky about the litter box
  • Requires lots of daily grooming
  • Persian Cats shed heavily
  • Persian Cats are prone to congenital health problems

Persian Cat Physical Characteristics


  • Large


  • Longhair


  • Over 50 colors and patterns, including black, white, orange, blue, cream, chocolate and combinations of the above
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Persian Cat Personality

The magnificent Persian has been the most popular breed of cat in the U.S.since 1871. It’s not hard to see why – with its lavishly beautiful coat and gentle demeanor, the Persian cat is an ideal companion for the discriminating cat lover.

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Persian Cat History and General Information

History and Origin

One of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world, the regal Persian bloodline has been traced back at least 400 years to 17th century Persia(now Iran). Prized for its exotic beauty, this cat was introduced to European society in the 1600’s, and found instant popularity there as a status symbol for the upper crust.

The favorite lap cat of movie arch-criminals, the Persian cat became hugely popular in the 1960’s due to its presence in James Bond films and is still, as ever, the most popular breed in Americatoday.

In addition to its luxurious good looks, the Persian cat is known for its quiet, pleasant temperament and gentle behavior. The Persian cat prefers a serene and subdued home environment, making it an ideal companion for elderly or relatively inactive people.

However, with patience and love, Persian cats can adapt to quiet older kids and other household pets.

Grooming requirements

Be aware that those silky good looks come at a price. Your Persian cat requires daily brushing and combing to keep a healthy and unmatted coat, with occasional baths thrown in for good measure. It does shed heavily, so regular household fur cleanup is a must.

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Persian Cat Health

Health Ailments

The Persian cat, while beautiful and distinctive to look at, comes with some congenital predispositions toward health problems, caused, in part, by those striking good looks. For instance, the very short nose can be prone to stenotic nares – nostril openings that are too small – which can cause breathing difficulty. Some of the other potential health issues are:

  • Eye problems (blocked tear ducts, inward rolling eyelids which require surgery)
  • Kidney and bladder diseases
  • Dental and Jaw issues

Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store can help eliminate many of these health problems. Maintaining your Persian cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.

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