Pedigree Cat Breeds - Persian

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A much admired and well loved long, coated breed of cats. Loved for its laid back personality and stunning good looks.

The Persian cat is possibly one of the most popular of the long haired breed of cats. Some believe they have originated in Persia now known as Iran. Others believe they could have originated from Russian cats as the need for a long dense coat would not apply in the Middle Eastern climate. However Hyroglyphs have been found in Persia that date back as far as 1684 BC depicting cats with a similarity to our traditional Persian cats. Bought into Europe by the Romans and Phoenicians in approximately the 15th Century they were considered a Luxurious cat and were used as commerce.

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They found their way into the UK in the early 19th Century and were kept by the rich and Royalty as much admired pets. Soon to be purpose bred and shown in England and exported to the USA. Some of the original matings were to the Turkish Angora this lead to the decline and extinction of the Turkish Angora in England as the Persian took favour as their rivals. Today’s Persian is a lot different to it's original ancestors that were traditional long nosed cats.
They should be cobby, short in the leg, standing square, with large round heads, small ears, large round expressive eyes and a good nose break and a short bushy tale. Some are extreme in break, known as the Ultra type. Others are doll faced and some fall in between they are one of the most controversial of breeds due to this anomaly of mans intervention in changing the look of a breed. Most people have their own preference, even in shows their is a problem with which facial type is preferred this makes it very difficult for the breeders and the show owners. Whatever their face shape the show cats should have a good well kept long coat and meet the show standards for the breed.

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The Persian is bred in most patterns, new colours and patterns are being introduced all of the time and acceptance vary from Governing bodies and Countries which may not be listed below and is only a guide.

Base patterns..
solid (self) black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lilac. torties, white Agouti(tabby)spotted, marbled and ticked (Chinchillas, Smokes) etc All colours with the exception of Chinchilla which is the colour and the breed name. bi-tri colours inc vans (coloured and white)or white with a splash of colour. All colours from the self division inc. tabby. no all white Colourpoint (masked) blue eyes, coloured tails, feet, ears,(Himalayans)All colours from the self division inc tabby on points ,no all whites without prejudice it is believed by some people although never confirmed.

That PKD Polycystic Kidney disease Is a condition that was discovered in the Persian breed when scientists decided to experiment for what is believed to be a cure for the human race. PKD has been known for 30 years However breeders are working on this problem to try and eradicate it where possible. I must point out that testing has shown that it cannot be cured to date although work is always going on to find a cure for all mammals However cats can live to a normal old age with PKD, show no outward signs and die from old age or anything else attributed to the cat.
It is considered by some but their is no reason to assume that the Persian Breed is any more prone to PKD than any other member of the Cat World or mammal. I beleive it has just been due to their popularity as a breed that more have been bred therefor making a statistical study with them on behalf of the feline kingdom that much easier.
Testing to date...
Persian, Himalayan, Chinchilla, Exotic, Selkirk Rex, British Shorthair, Scottish Fold and all breeds and Cross Breeds that have a Persian ancestry or crossed too. Please note statistics are constantly changing..Please Check PKD websites for any PKD updates and breed testing.

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