The Persian cat is undeniably the cutest cat breed, and it looks all sorts of adorable. If even if you are not a cat lover, the sight of a Persian cat will melt your heart and make you want to buy one.
History of the Persian Cat
The Persian cat originated from Persia in Iran, and they migrated to Italy, France and then to Europe. Persians have grown to become one of the most popular cats in the UK, and many cat owners adore them.
Recent studies showed that a lot of cross-breeding has occurred to the extent that the current Persian breed is no longer related to the original cats from the east and it is now related to cats from Western Europe.
The crossbreeding did not end in Italy. The Persian cat was later crossed with the Siamese cat to produce the Himalayan breed and it has the color pattern of the original Siamese cat and the body of the Persian cat.
Other breeds that emerged from the Persian include;
- Chinchilla Longhair and Sterling
- Exotic Shorthair
- Toy and teacup sizes
Persians are known to have a wide head and medium-sized body supported by short legs. Their eyes are large, and they have a flat nose which is a result of crossbreeding. The original Persian cats did not have flat noses.
Due to the cross-breeding, classification of Persians based on their appearance became a significant challenge. The different Persian hybrids have the same general manifestations, but the patterns, type of coat and eye-color varies in most of them. The dominant eye colors are; blue, green, copper, hazel and the blue-green color.
Persians have several coat colors; white, black, blue, cream, red, lilac and chocolate. The color point Persian cat has blue eyes and the skin pattern of the Siamese cats. The chinchillas have bright green eyes while the Tortoiseshell has mixed colors and patterns despite being a Persian hybrid.
They have long fur which calls for frequent grooming to prevent mats and tangles from forming. Their silky hair should be combed on a regular basis in conjunction with proper nutrition to keep their coats shiny and in excellent shape.
The Persian’s personality
Persians can adapt quickly to any environment and that is what allowed them to thrive in Iran, Italy, France, Europe, and the USA. Their curiosity enables them to learn the environment and adapt quickly without significant challenges.
They are very affectionate cats though they prefer to love from a distance. They do not easily warm up to strangers, and they also don’t like it when kids disturb them. Persians are gentle cats, and most of the time they do not mind staying with people as long as you maintain a serene environment.
Persians cannot tolerate dogs, and the thought of a dog chasing them around would make them lose their tiny minds. They are prone to anxiety attacks and most homes that have Persian cats do not have a pet dog. They are calm cats, so they are not the best to play with or train.
The best part of having a Persian cat is the fact that they are not fussy or loud. They rarely whine over something, and they hate noisy environments, so they also don’t make any noise. Persian cats are the perfect indoor cats, and as long as they are clean and well fed, you will hardly notice it.
To sum it up
Persian cats have come a long way, and the multiple crossings is what led to them developing their current characteristics. Though they are not active and energetic cats, they still make good housemates for a person with an introvert personality.