The first recorded ancestor of Persian cats were imported from the city of Khorasan in Persia into Italy, in 1620 by the great Pietro della Valle, and then from the Turkey’s famous city Angora (now Ankara), in France by Nicholas-Claude Fabride during almost the same period. The Angora cats were white while those from Khorasan were grey coated. From Italy, the cats soon reached Britain. These cats were also imported to Britain from Burma, Russia, China, and Afghanistan. Interbreeding of numerous type of was common in the Persian’s development phase. Their popularity was raised in nineteenth century, and they became well-known during the first cat show which was held in London in 1871. There are even hieroglyphic references to a longhaired cat in the area. The early Persian portrayals sounded extremely like today's depiction: round head, short face, reprimand nose with stop, round full cheeks and a cob by body with a profound full midsection.
The Shirazi is reasonably friendly cat. It is affectionate, loving and easygoing. These cats need much attention from their owners, and become a bit slow and sad if they don’t get their fair share of attention. These Persian cats adapt pretty easily in any sort of household and usually get attached to the most caring member of the family. These cats have a calm nature, but they are reasonable playful and mix well with children.
- Activity level : 2/5 (not much due to their calm nature)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 2/5 (curious but noble)
- Friendliness: 2/5 (reasonably independent)
- Vocal: 1/5 (sweet and calm)
The Persian usually have a long and thick silky coat and a pretty round face on a wide head with ears set far apart and very prominent and large eyes. These cats have a comparatively short set of legs which gives them an extremely adorable look.
- Fur: It varies as there are many sub breeds within this breed.
- Eyes : large round eyes and the colour of their eyes differs from green blue (when they are born) to light brown and then to copper and sometimes silverfish coloured.
- Body Structure: Persian cats tend to have a short and wide body type aka "cobby” with short neck and thick legs. They have a solid bone structure within their thick coat. The head is also broad type and heavy. All Persians share, small rounded ears and, short broad noses.
- Facial Features: These beautiful cats have a short face, chubby cheeks, snub nose and round heads that make them even more appealing.
- Weight: They usually weigh 7-12 pounds.
Persian cats need great care and grooming. They need brushing and regular and if you fail to give the necessary grooming, the coat is likely to mat and tangle. Due to that professional assistance may be required.
Sometimes the special form of the face can lead to eye drainage problems that can create a build-up of residue. Therefore, owners are advised to clean the eyes of such cats on a daily basis. Further, nowadays there is a growing concern among Persian cat owners and that is of PKD, which is the abbreviation for Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic kidney disease that emerges to be more common among Persians than other cats. According to some tests, it was found that nearly 40% of Persian cats were carrying this disease. . A DNA test carried out by the vet can identify this disease, although it won’t tell the severity of the disease which is going to affect it.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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