Owning a Persian Cat requires a significant time commitment. Their beautiful coat requires daily grooming to keep it in good condition and free of mats.
The Persian is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and shortened nose. Its name refers to Persia, the former name of Iran, where similar cats are found.
Because of the long coat and docile temperament, the Persian cat should be considered an indoor pet only. Many Persian cat owners keep at least part of the coat clipped. Particularly the hindquarters and around the anus to avoid the accumulation of feces.
The placid and unpretentious nature of the Persian cat is an ideal pet for apartment living. It has been the most popular breed in the United States for many years.
A number of breeders produce small Persians under a variety of names. The generic terms are “toy” and “teacup” Persians, but the individual lines are often called “palm-sized”, “pocket”, “mini” and “pixie”. Currently, they are not recognized as a separate breed by major registries and each breeder sets their own standards for size.
Persians are perfect companions, if you like placid, sweet-tempered cats. Don’t count on using your Persian pal as a furry doorstop. They love to play between periods of lounging on your favorite couch. The Persian is the most popular breed of pedigree cats in the United States.
Persians are devoted to their humans, but can be selective in bestowing that honor. You must earn their trust and love. They crave affection and love to be petted and fussed over, but won’t harass you for attention the way some breeds will. They will, however, let their feelings be known if they are not getting the required amount of attention.
Persians come in many colors and patterns. The various colors, along with the breed itself, have a long history of selective breeding.
Since Persian cats have long, thick dense fur that they cannot effectively keep clean, they need regular grooming to prevent matting. To keep their fur in its best condition, they must be bathed regularly, dried carefully afterwards, and brushed thoroughly every day. An alternative is to shave the coat. Their eyes may require regular cleaning to prevent crust buildup and tear staining.
The Persian has a sweet, gentle personality and is a quiet companion.
The Persian has a long, flowing coat that must be groomed daily.
The Persian is an old breed, but little is known of its history.