The Persian Breed

persian-kitten2Originating in Persia and therefore named after their country of origin, Persian cats date back as far as 1684 B.C. As the story is told, Persian cats were seen being transported by early breeeders on the backs of camels along with the finest linens, spices & jewels. Sold to Kings & Queens these "Palace" cats were highly regarded and treasured for their beauty & loving personality. Persians, with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breed in popularity. Their sweet and gentle personalities blend into most every household. 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 sweetly pleasant and their companionship is close and enduring. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make loyal 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. Playful but never demanding, they love to pose and will drape themselves in a favorite window or chair, enhancing the decor in much the same way as a treasured painting. Persians are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to their owners.
Their long flowing coats require an indoor, protected environment. Proper maintenance requires a daily run-through with a metal comb to eliminate the potential drawbacks of tangles and hairballs. An occasional bath, attempted only after a complete comb-through and clipping of the nail tips, will keep the coat clean, healthy and beautiful. It is wise to establish the routine of the bath when they are young. A well-bred Persian is a hardy and healthy cat and is not more prone to illness and respiratory infections than other breeds. However, the large eyes do mean that a certain amount of tearing is normal, and a daily face wash is recommended.