Kitten History: Persian

You'll know this kitty instantly by its flowing coat, open expression and laidback personality.

By Stacy Hackett

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Persian © Helmi FlickThe Persian kitten makes a beautiful, loving pet. Its no wonder that Persians comprise the most popular breed in the cat fancy.

Long the darlings of cat shows and loving homes, just where did these beloved companions originate? Legend has it that longhaired cats were treasured pets in Persia (present-day Iran). As desert caravans made their way west, the cats were bartered and traded with other travelers, eventually making their way to Europe and North America.

Today, the Persian comes in a rainbow of colors. In the Cat Fanciers Association, breeders can register their pets in seven divisions: solid color, silver and golden, shaded and smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor and Himalayan. Potential owners are sure to find a longhaired beauty in a color and pattern to match their tastes.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/4/2013 11:51:30 PM

Nice fur!

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

4/11/2012 10:08:23 AM

Nick -- Try contacting a club specific to Persian cats. Please be very careful with this decision; experts agree that neutered cats lead healthier lives. Congratulations on your new kitten and good luck!

Nick J    Parma, OH

4/9/2012 3:08:51 PM

My fiance and I just purchased a12 week old Persian kitten(male). Were aware it could be sometime but, we would like to get into breeding . We are from Parma, OH very close to Cleveland. Any tips would be very helpful as to how to get started.

Heather    Novato, CA

10/15/2006 5:00:51 AM

I have read that the persian came from areas that were very cold and snow was commen. That is why the persions have the long tufts of fur on the bottom of their feet. (My feonsay calls this the anti cat brake.) Also, these beutifull beings are quite able hunters in cold climets.

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