One of the most popular breeds registered in Australia and one of the most recognisable of all cat breeds, the Persian has a long and distinguished history, and has appeared in cat shows for over 100 years.
The beautiful Persian can come in various colours and coat patterns including cream, smoke, tabby, black, tortoiseshell, lilac, chocolate and blue. Their long haired coat is luxuriously full and fluffy. Their big round eyes and shortened muzzle set in a sweet round flat face.
Famous for their placid, gentle temperament, Persians are quiet and affectionate and have an ability to adapt to any environment. However, they do not appreciate being teased or having their hair pulled and are more suitable to adult households or those with gentle children.
The Persian is particularly well suited as a house or apartment cat and being an indoor cat also helps to keep their coat in optimum condition.
Potential owners must be prepared to groom the glorious coat daily. This is a high maintenance breed which depends totally on their owner for their comfort and wellbeing. If grooming is neglected for any length of time the coat matts and will require expert attention. Persians moult heavily twice a year, and shed some hair all year round.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Persian cats visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals website.
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