Simply Stunning

The Solid Persian attracts enthusiasts with its understated beauty and easygoing charm.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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Cat Fancy- Persian Cat Breed- July 2011
Blue. Black. Cream. Red. The colors of a sports uniform? No ... just a few of the simple, stunning colors of the Solid Persian.

"Today there is also chocolate and lilac," says Debbie Lapeyrouse, listing the colors accepted by the Cat Fanciers' Association. Lapeyrouse, a breeder from San Antonio, who also breeds Himalayans, prefers to work with the blue Solid Persian. "The blue Persian was made very popular by Queen Victoria, who was partial to them."

Cat lovers have been partial to the Persian for hundreds of years. Legend holds that the breed traveled by caravan throughout the Sahara desert as the pampered pet of spice merchants. Records show that the Persian was one of the first breeds registered with the CFA and that it appeared in the first cat show at the Crystal Palace in London in 1871.

As the Persian grew in popularity through the years, so did the dazzling array of colors and patterns that graced the cat's trademark fur. Today, CFA categorizes the breed in seven divisions: solid color, silver/golden, shaded/smoke, tabby, parti-color, bicolor/calico and Himalayan.

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Susan    Gibsonia, PA

10/11/2013 10:12:49 AM

I find it difficult to believe that you actually quote anything from Lapeyrouse in your "prestigious journal". From personal experience - I received a red Persian kitten from her with ear mites, respiratory infection, conjunctivitis, active ringworm and NO immunization documentation. Although her quote was dated July 11, 2011, I recently became aware of it on her FB page where she is just so proud of herself. This is a breeder who gives CFA, Cat Fancy, and breeders in general a bad name.

Debbie    San Antonio, TX

6/9/2011 9:00:36 PM

It was such an honor to be asked to participate in the "Simply Stunning" article on Persians! I'm very pleased with the finished article and thank author Stacy Hackett for a job well done!

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