The Persian is one of the earliest cat breeds. Introduced in Europe probably during the late 16th century, it is believed to have originated from Persia (present day Iran) with written records older than 1600 BC.
Aside from being one of the oldest, it is certainly one of the most well-known. When asked to name a cat breed, most people would almost always mention the Persian. Inherent beauty and attractiveness plus its affectionate and gentle nature contributes much to its popularity.
The Persian cat is very adaptable and will easily get along with any household. Having a personality more on the friendly and warm side, they do well with children, but sometimes, because they are also quite passive, they prefer just lounging about to playing. For this reason, straying far from home is highly unlikey, because they just love being just indoors.
Also know as the “Longhair Persian” or simply “Longhair”, this relatively large cat is known for its long, beautiful, thick fur. In exchange for this majestic elegance, the Persian needs regular grooming lest its coat become a tangled, matted mess of a hairball. Though a bath may be given as seldom as just once a month, a thorough daily brushing must done religiously.
The Persian flourishes all over the globe and is now greatly diversified in appearance especially in the colors and patterns of their coats. The Persian generally has large expressive eyes, a broad nose, and small rounded ears. Nose lengths also vary with each type. Persians have relatively short, thick legs, a powerfully built body, and a short, bushy tail.
Own a Persian kitten? See our list of Persian cat names.