They were called Persian for their " country of origin ", but hieroglyphic references as early as 1684 BC, shroud forever their exact beginnings.
Persians, with their luxurious coats are the number one breed in popularity. There sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment. Creatures of habit, they are most at home in a atmosphere of security and serenity, but with love and reassurance can easily adapt.
Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive, they communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages.
Playfull but never demanding, they love to pose and will drape themselves in a favorite window or chair. Persians are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to there owners, their companionship is close and enduring
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 complet 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.
Keeping the Persian indoors also prevents the transmission of disease and parasites, as well as the dangers of urban life. With a annual trip to a trusted veterinarian, and good nutrition and care, the Persian can live as a family member for easily 15 years, and some surpassing 20 years.
The exquisite silvers are considered the most ethereal of all Persians. Silver or shaded Persians show a mantle of black on the back, shading evenly down the sides. The tipping on the legs and face should match. Silver have green or blue green eyes rimmed with black, black pawpads and brick red or rose nose leather.
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.
( CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery ), and regular claw trimming are essential elements for maintaining a happy, healthy, long and joyfull life.
For more information, please contact the Breed Council Secretary.
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