Persian Cat

The Persian cat is easily recognizable, with it’s long, fluffy coat, and flat, round face.  Its body is medium to large, with short, stocky legs.  Persian cats have wide chests, broad shoulders and sturdy hindquarters.

The Persian is one of the oldest cat breeds, and is believed to have originated in Persia (Iran) and Turkey, becoming popular with cat breeders in Europe and North American in the late 1800s.  It has been the most popular cat breed in the US for many years.  In the UK it is known as a Longhair or Persian Longhair.  The Angora cat, the other long-haired cat breed, shares similar beginnings.  It’s believed there was much cross-breeding of Persians and Angoras as Europeans discovered the breeds.

Persian Cat Face

Persians are a high maintenance cat.  Their fur is so dense and thick that they can’t clean and groom themselves properly on their own.  Unlike most cats, they need regular bathing.  Their longhair becomes tangled and matted easily and requires daily brushing.  Many Persian cats have one or more conditions of the eye, which are the cause of their characteristic runniness, so they may need to have their eyes cleaned several times a day as well.  They’re also prone to many health problems.

But Persians are also known for being extremely affectionate and placid, with sweet temperaments and dispositions.  They’re generally very close to their owners.  The Persian likes a safe, secure space, and a predictable pace of life.  This is the perfect indoor cat, who is well suited to small spaces like apartments.

The Himalayan is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese cat, and is said to be much more active and outgoing.

Himalayan Cat