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    Persian breed Description

    "Bred in a protrusion of colors, the Persian cats are an important part of the pedigree cat show scene, and greatly appreciated  by pet owners all over the world."

    (Ref: The Book of the Cat ed. Michael Wright & Sally Waters, 1980)

    The history of the Persians is almost as broad and complicated  as the ways our different cat associations rule to classify them. Therefore, I will not further go into their differences but rather try to summarize what they have in common.

    History

    In  a book published 1876, long-haired cats were referred to as Asiatic cats but it is probable that they were already introduced to Europe somewhat 300 years earlier. Over the years, names like Indian, Chinese, Russian and  Angora have been used but some of these rather seem to indicate an exotic look than an origin. The first long hairs seen in Britain were variously described as Angora, having rather rangy body type and tall ears.  However, gradually the heavier, larger headed type gained pre-eminent.

    It is said that Queen Victoria gave the breed Royal Patronage and that the later Edward VII is recorded as having donated a special  prize for Persians at a popular cat show. Indeed, to many people Persian epitomize the pedigree- and show cat which was ideally suited for Victorian sensibilities and taste.

    Type and characteristics

    Body

    The ideal Persian should be well proportioned and of medium to large size. The body should be compact and broad, with heavily boned short legs. Heavy bone and good muscle tone. Back should be short and level  with a well-rounded midsection. Shoulders and hips should be same size.

    Head

    The head of the Persian should be massive with a rounded forehead and a very broad skull. In profile the nose  and the chin appear to form a perpendicular line. Cheeks should be full and prominent. Jaws; broad and powerful. The nose should be short to very short with a well marked break preferably between the eyes. Perfect tooth  occlusion. Ears should be small, round-tipped and well tufted. They should be set very wide apart and rather low on the head. The eyes should be round and large with an open expression and set wide apart. Color in  accordance to coat color but vivid and brilliant preferred.

    Legs and feet

    Legs should be short, thick and heavily boned. Feet should be large, round and firm with toes close together;  five toes in front and four behind.

    Tail

    The tail should be short but in proportion to body length, carried at an angle lower than the back.

    Coat

    The  soft, glossy coat should be long and full to stand from the body. It should be long over the entire body. Ruff should be immense and continue in a deep frill between the front legs. Toe tufts should be long also.  Tail plume very full.

    Condition

    The cat should be firm in flesh but NOT fat. The preparation is of extra importance for the owners of the Persians since the impression  of the coat  is predominant. Cleaning and grooming regularly.

    Temperament

    The Persian is the ideal cat for shows since it easily adapts to different set and places. It is a playful and very cuddly  companion, however could be a little shy towards strangers at
    first.

    For more information on classification of color and markings, we would like to refer to our different cat associations.

    Persian Breeders and other related Links

    More Breed Descriptions on the Net

    Breed Profile: Persian
    http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/persian.html

    Breed Standard: Persian
    http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/persian.html

    Persian Breed Council
    http://www.persianbc.org/
     

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