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History of the Persian cat:

The Persian cat is one of the worlds oldest known breed of cats. While the early history isn’t entirely known, it is generally accepted that the early cats came from Persia (now Iran) and Turkey. Italian traveller Pietro della Valle is credited with bringing the first Persian cats back to Europe, arriving in his homeland of Italy in 1620 with them.

By the early 1800’s the Persian had become a popular breed in Europe and the first Persian cats arrived in America in the late 1800’s. In the Harpers Weekly supplement dated January, 27, 1872 there is an picture of several cat exhibits from the London Crystal Palace show, including an Persian cats.

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Persian cat temperament:

Persian cats have a sweet and gentle nature. Typically they have a laid back personality. They are an affectionate breed and enjoy the company of their carers.

Persians are a quiet cat, easy going and generally get along with other pets and family members although boisterous children should be avoided.

Persian cat colours:

Persian cats come in a multitude of colours, including solids, smokes, tabby, bi-colour and van.  Some colours have been given their own breed name including:

Himalayan which is a pointed Persian.

Chinchilla which comes in silver or golden.

Special Requirements:

Persians require daily grooming to avoid knots and mats in their coat. This will only take a few minutes per day.

Some Persians may have runny eyes, these can be gently wiped clean.

Due to their flat faces and heavy coats, some Persians may have problems during hot weather and they are best keep indoors.

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Suitable for:

With their gentle and laid back temperament, the Persian is suited to almost any family, although families with young children should seek advice from Persian breeders before proceeding. They will require daily grooming so it is important that the family has time to ensure this is done to avoid knots and mats. If the coat does become knotted/matted then a professional will be required to fix the problem. Not only is an unkempt coat untidy but it is also extremely uncomfortable for the cat. So it really cannot be emphasised enough that proper attention be paid to the coat. If done daily, it will only require 10-15 minutes of your time.

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