The Persian originates from...

Perhaps one of the most widely recognised cats in the world, the Persian is thought to hail from Khorasan, Persia, as its name would suggest. A cat of uniform appearance first emerged in 1620 when it was imported to Italy and later into Turkey and France. An Italian explorer is credited with having discovered the breed whilst travelling through the Middle East, and it was during the 19th century that the Persian made its first appearance in Great Britain. On its arrival, the breed became very popular and was presented at the Crystal Palace cat show of 1871. It is reported that Queen Victoria owned two Persians during her reign, which were either gifted to her by visiting nobles, or accompanied her back from her travels. The Cat Fancier’s Association officially recognised the Persian breed in 1914, and it is also registered by the International Cat Association.

The Persian is characterised by...

The Traditional or Doll Face Persian is recognised the world over, although perhaps not as much as the peke-faced variety that emerged in the 1950s as the result of a genetic mutation. This flatter-faced variety is vulnerable to several health complaints resulting from its squashed features and is not particularly favoured by cat enthusiasts, especially when the peke-face is deliberately crossbred for its unique traits. The Traditional Persian is characterised by a sturdy body structure with nimble but muscular legs, a rounded face, wide, slightly oblique eyes, and small ears. The Persian possesses a plush coat that is easy to maintain with regular grooming, and is observed in a variety of patterns and colours, from solids, shaded and smoke, to tabby, bicolour, Himalayan and silver. 

The average Persian...

Unlike more active cat breeds, the Persian prefers a quiet life and is more than content to relax on a sofa or in your lap. That said, the Persian is a highly intelligent cat that benefits from mental as well as physical enrichment and will enjoy interactive toys and playthings to occupy it throughout the day. The Persian is not a demanding breed but does prefer to be kept company, pining for its family if left alone. If you work long hours and do not have a dog that could provide the added company, the Persian cat is probably not the best breed choice for you. Inherently gentle, loyal and affectionate, the Persian is, however, well suited to domestic living in a family that will return its love. Typically, an adult Persian will weigh 8-12 pounds, with a life expectancy of 10-15 years.


Despite the Traditional Persian not being susceptible to the same breathing difficulties as the peke-faced variety, they are still prone to various health conditions, most of which are hereditary. Some of the complaints documented in the breed include polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – the most common type of heart disease in cats – progressive retinal atrophy, cystitis, liver shunts and bladder stones.

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Our Persian owners' thoughts

Added on 27/04/2017
Joined 27/04/2017
From West Midlands, United Kingdom

I have always had Persian cats my 1st two were absolutely adorable they both lived happily for 19 years but have sadly passed away i got saffy just after and she'll be 7 soon but she is a nightmare nothing like the others shes not afactinatanate doesn't like anyone doesn't like to be picked up or cuddled hates affection i dont no what went wrong but i love her to bits and the only thing id change is to get her to sit on my lap

Added on 05/02/2018
Joined 11/01/2014
From Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I have had 3 Persians each one extremely different only one was affectionate but they are full of character

Added on 19/02/2018
Joined 26/06/2016
From Rhondda Cynon Taff, United Kingdom

Sarah is our 4th Persian so, as you can imagine, we love the breed. She came from a breeder who had no further use for her - typical reason they get rid of them. She came with an extremely matted coat, we had to have her fur shaved off, when we found three infected skin lesions,. She is a lovely girl and although she was supposed to be my cat, she has fixated on my husband and is now his cat! All cats are different, and Persian cats are just the same. My first Persian was a red and white boy and he could not have been a sweeter, calmer and most accommodating cat. We had him for 8 years, and it broke my heart when his time to leave came. I think that the one thing to do to keep is memory alive, is to rescue other Persians.

Added on 07/03/2018

Rescue other persians! hahaha yeah right.

Added on 14/05/2018
Joined 26/07/2010
From Berkshire, United Kingdom

My cat Thelma incredibly affectionate and loves cuddles and groomed. She is a bit shy to stranger though

Added on 29/10/2018
Joined 05/05/2017
From Cornwall, United Kingdom

My persian girl is the sweetest, gentlist, playful, company loving cat. she was a bit timid when younger but loves most visitors, not so keen on noisey children that she doesnt know.

Added on 02/06/2019
Joined 11/11/2014
From Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Suzi is so lovely I've had Persian cat always colour points as they have great personalitys and are so loving they are very shy to strangers tho Suzi is a tabby point.i have a rag doll to but she is a pain lol so no more rag dolls for me lol