The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
The Persian cats are among the longest-known pedigreed breeds of cats. The early history isn't entirely known although it is generally accepted that the early cats came from Persia (now Iran) & Turkey. Italian traveler Pietro della Valle (1586 - 1652) is credited with bringing the first Persian cats back to Europe, arriving in his homeland of Italy in 1620 with them. By the 1800's the Persian had become a popular breed in Europe & the first Persians arrived in America in the late 1800's. In the Harpers Weekly supplement dated January, 27, 1872 there is an illustration of several feline exhibits from the London Crystal Palace show, including Persian cats.Paris
The Persian cats come in many different colours and patterns. Today, there are over 60 different colour variations of the Longhair Persian type. Their bodies are broad-chested with sturdy legs and large paws, and they all have soft, thick fur coats with a distinctive ruff around the neck, and a full, low-slung tail. The Persians face is short and broad with a snub nose. They have large eyes which are round with brilliant color.Pipsqueek
Persian cats have a sweet & gentle nature. Typically they have a laid back personality. They are an affectionate breed & enjoy the company of their carers. With their gentle & laid back temperament, the Persian is suited to almost any family. They do require daily grooming so it is important that adequate time is put aside to groom your cat on a daily basis, it will only require 10-15 minutes of your time. If the coat does become matted, then a professional will be required to fix the problem.
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