8 Facts About Persian Cats

Persian Cats Have Mysterious Origins

In the early 1600s, Persian cats were brought from Persia to Europe. The long-haired beauties were given names derived from their assumed origin and were instantly appreciated for their unusual appearance. 

Queen Victoria Had Persian Cats

As an animal lover, Queen Victoria had a special place in her heart for Persian cats. She owned several Persian cats, which added to the breed's reputation for grace, refinement, and nobility.

Persian Cats Were in the World s First Cat Show

In 1871, the first-ever organised cat show took place at London's Crystal Palace, featuring Persian cats. Over 20,000 people attended the event to see a Persian kitten take home the "Best in Show" title.

The Persian Cat Is One of the First Pedigreed Cats

The first purebred Persian cats came to the United States in about 1875, making Persian cats one of the first pedigreed breeds. One of the first cats to be registered when the Cat Fanciers' Association was established in America in 1906 was a Persian.

The World s Largest Cat Painting Features Persian Cats

Over the years, a number of well-known paintings have brought in enormous sums of money, but none are as rare as "My Wife's Lovers," which depicts 42 Persians. It took three years to finish the painting.

Persian Cats Haven t Always Had Flat Faces

Although Persian cats have never had a notably flat face, a genetic abnormality in the 1950s produced a litter of kittens with those coiled features. The Persian exhibition cat's "peke-faced" appearance was achieved by selective breeding.

Persian Cats Come in Different Colors

Not all Persian cats are like the clichéd white ones. The fancy breed has a variety of hues and tones. It's highly likely that you can locate a Persian cat in the colour of your choice, ranging from orange and grey to black and white, chocolate.

Persian Cats Are Pretty High Maintenance

Persian cats are renowned for having long, thick fur, and as such, they require frequent brushing and deshedding. You'll be left with a knotted mess if not. Many owners feel that keeping the long coat under control is easier when it is trimmed.