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                                           Characteristics of the Persian

The Persian cat is a longhair breed, large, medium and sometimes even a small size cat 

They do vary in size as some of the CFA color divisions may produce smaller or larger Persians, such as the Silver/Golden Division
Their bodies are strong built and well balanced with a short tail and large feet, yet still refined  

The head is large and round with a round forehead crown, accented with small ears covered well with hair

The Persian cat is known for their excessively large expressive eyes that are either round or tear drop shaped 

The Persian cat is well known for their long, luxurious, silky coats that possess a lovely shimmer affect and ever so soft !  

They are treasured for their beauty and sweet personalities and willingness to love their master 

They have a royal nature about them, draping themselves over a sofa arm,

looking up with much elegance as to say; “ look at me ! ” 

Their eye color can vary, such as; blue, blue green, emerald green, turquoise, copper, gold, and odd eyed 

It is important to note, CFA has set specific standards for each color division of the Persian cat   

For example the Silver Division Persian it is the blue green, green, emerald green or turquoise eye that are acceptable 

Gold or copper eyes are not acceptable, however, with other Persian color divisions copper, gold, blue and odd eye are acceptable

This holds true for each Persian cat CFA color division - the acceptable eye color depends on the CFA color division

 Eye color and coat color and coat patterns are different for each color division, yet can be similar

For example their are solid whites with Himalayan Division and solid whites with the Solid Division 

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                                        Color divisions for the Persian cat

 
Silver / Golden Division – Silver Chinchilla, Shaded Silver, Golden, Shaded Golden, Golden Chinchilla, Blue, Blue/Golden

 Acceptable eye colors; green, blue green, turquoise, emerald green  

Solid Division – Coat colors can be white, black, blue, cream, chocolate, lilac. Clean Whites have three different eye colors; brilliant copper or deep blue eyes, or odd eyes- one blue, one copper eye.  The other solid colors have brilliant copper eyes

Shaded and Smoke Division
- shell and shaded cameos which have red tipping with a white undercoat. The cream shell and shaded cameos demonstrate a white undercoat tipped with cream. The shell and shaded tortoiseshells have a mantle of black tipping with well-defined patches of red tipped hairs while the shell and shaded blue-creams have blue tipping with well-defined patches of cream tipped hair

The smoke Persian is one of the most striking patterns of the Persian colors. There are six separate colors, black, blue, cream, cameo (red), smoke tortoiseshell and blue-cream smoke. In repose, the smoke appears to be a solid color cat

Tabby Divison - three patterns: classic, mackerel and patched tabby

Particolor Division –

Parti-Color Division tortoiseshell, blue-cream, chocolate tortoiseshell, lilac-cream

Calico /Bicolor Division - calicos, bi-colors, smoke & whites, tabby & whites

Himalayan Division
- point colors: chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, red, cream tortie, blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, red lynx, cream lynx, tortie lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate-tortie lynx and lilac-cream lynx

 

 

 

The Persian an ancient breed named after the country they originated from  
There are hieroglyphic references going back to approximately 1684 B.C.

The Persian cat has been much loved for centuries

Through time the Persian look and characteristics changed and became even more beautiful !


With reputable cat breeders responsible selective breeding along with the

Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) carefully set breed standards for the Persian,

cat breeders began to improve and the breed . . .

resulting in todays gorgeous Persian cats !

Breeders meticulously bred to obtain a round head with dainty small fluffy ears,

short face with large round eyes,

snub nose to the traditional doll face look, 

the body was sturdy cobby short in nature 

Shorter legs with extra large feet


Paying special attention to personalities and working together to eliminate

some of the high risk genetic health issues the Persian cat had

such as PKD a kidney disorder that today can be detected with a blood test

Breeders testing their breeders for DNA PKD negative results

have reduced the chances of your Persian having this disease

If the parents are negative so will the offspring be !


Today the Persian is considered the # 1 cat breed Internationally

It's Regal nature, sweet disposition and gorgeous long coat depicts Royalty

 and makes the Persian cat appealing to the majority of Feline lovers !


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