The Persian cat has been cherished for hundreds—if not thousands—of years, tracing its origins to the deserts of Persia and Iran. Today, the Persian cat is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the U.S.. The Persian cat is a medium- to large-sized breed. The trademark characteristics of the Persian cat are a round, flat face shaped like a pansy and a profuse, long coat. The coat comes in almost every color and pattern imaginable, including solid shades, silver and golden, smoke and shaded colors, tabby patterns, particolors and bicolors, and pointed colors (Himalayan).
- OTHER NAMES : None.
- PERSONALITY : Sweet, gentle and affectionate.
- WEIGHT : About 7 to 12 pounds.
- LENGTH : About 14 to 17 inches
- COAT LENGTH : Long all over the body and thick, with an immense ruff around the neck, deep frill extending between the front legs and very full brush tail. Glossy, with a fine texture.
- COAT COLOR : Solid (blue, black, white, red, cream, chocolate or lilac), silver and golden (chinchilla and shaded), shaded and smoke (including cameo and tortoiseshell patterns), tabby, particolor, calico and bicolor, and Himalayan (pointed colors).
- EYE COLOR : Varies according to coat color, but may be copper, blue, green, blue-green, hazel and odd-eyed.
- LIFE EXPECTANCY : 15 to 20 years.
- HYPOALLERGENIC : No.
- ORIGIN : Persia and Iran.