Before we get into details, here's a quick overview of the Persian cat:
Personality: Affectionate, easy going, docile, very adaptable, need attention
Suits: Families, experienced cat owners
Other: Coat needs grooming daily, face needs washing regularly.
Flat face may
give rise to breathing problems and watery eyes. Not very vocal
1) What are they like as pets?
They are easy going, docile and affectionate. They need affection and attention, and love to be played with.
They aren't particularly demanding, but most will want to sit on your lap and be petted every day.
Some develop a particular attachment to one person in the family, and will want much more time and affection from them than anyone else.
They are good with other pets, and with children.
They're very adaptable, and usually cope well if changes occur such as additions to the family, new pets or a house move.
They don't like to be left alone for long periods of time, so if you're out during the day, it's better to keep them with another pet for company.
Their long fur is very prone to matting, and must be combed regularly. However, I've found the amount of coming required does vary from cat to cat - some you can get away with 2 - 3 times per week, others need combing every day without fail
Like the Himalayan cat, Persians can sometimes suffer from watery eyes and breathing problems because of their flat faces. Their faces will need washing periodically.
Whilst their lovely personalities mean they make wonderful pets, they are only suitable for people who have the time to care for their long hair and give them the regular affection they need.
Here's a picture of my Persian, Priscilla, with ONE week's worth of hair removed (admittedly it was a thorough combing as opposed to a quick one, but it shows that this breed isn't low maintenance!)
2) Looks, build, colors and markings
These cats have cute, flat faces, a tiny nose, big eyes, a round, large head and small ears. They have thick, long hair, stocky legs and big paws. They come in a wide variety of single and mixed colors.
long-haired Persian cat breed was first recorded in the 1600s in the
Middle East. They were brought to Europe and became popular in England
in the 1800s; notably, Queen Victoria kept them as pets. They arrived
in America in the late 1800s.