It is believed that around 1850, diplomats who were traveling around world began to bring to their families in British Empire and Mainland Europe few longhaired kittens from Middle East. These were the Persian cats (they’ve received the name as the country of origin- Persia). Persians had an immediate success in England, Italy and France becoming most popular than the native domestic cats who were shorthaired. Than as now their beautiful fur aroused the interest of everybody but actually it was their mild temper which cemented their relationship with humans.
Today’s Persian cat is the result for the transformation of the breed lasting for more that 150 years. Breeders shaped this breed over the time in a real vision of beauty and of serenity succeeding to keep the balance between health and force on one hand and a kind temper on the other hand, a mix which drew an ever increasing number of admirers. With their long fur and funny muzzle Persians are considered today’s most popular cats.
Persians are excellent pets and integrates very well within family, especially when they fell safely in the new environment. They mostly like to stay inside house in an atmosphere of peace and calm. People of all ages like them as they are playful pets but never annoy their master trying to grip the attention. They have a melodious and pleasant voice and big expressive eyes. The most popular color for Persians is white but there is a wide variety of colors.
Persians are big and strong cats. This look is accentuated by their large and thick fur. Their body is stable and stocky, have massive and muscular shoulders and back. The head is round and wide, ears are small and deep hidden by hair and sometimes covered with tufts of hair. The Persian cat’s limbs are short and thick and the paws are large and rounded, similar to lion’s paws.
The long fur needs a closed and protected environment, a proper maintenance (daily brush which should remove the fur peewee) occasional baths – made only after the coat was well-brushed thus the fur will be kept clean and healthy. You have to pay attention also to their eyes and ears as they are very sensitive. The polycystic kidney disease (a genetic disorder) affects almost 50% of Persians. An excessive long fur could cause them skin sensitivities, sebaceous secretions or eczemas.
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