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The Persian is a member of the Longhair Group. Category I, Established (TICA).
The Persian is a member of the Longhair Group. Category I, Established (TICA Standards).

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

The Persian is a member of the Longhair Group. Category I, Established (TICA Standards).


8-15 lbs. (3.5 – 7 kg.)



The coat comes is a variety of colors such as blue, chocolate, black, red self, lilac, cream tortoiseshell, chocolate tortie, blue-cream lilac-cream white.


The Persian sports a plush coat with a fine texture and cloudlike impression. The long, thick hairs stand off from the body. The undercoat is dense.



The loyal Persian guards its territory. A docile breed, this cat gives a regal expression.

Country of Origin:

Turkey and Persia


The forerunners of the Persian accompanied Roman and Phoenician caravans to Europe. In the 17th-century, an Italian writer and traveller wrote volumes of letters and mentioned bringing home some white cats from his travels in the Chorazan province of Persia. A French man brought cats from Turkey. Other cats travelled with visitors to France and Great Britain where they were known as French cats. In 1903 a British fancier declared two breeds: longhair and shorthair. The modern day Persian comes in an extensive variety of colors than his historical counterpart.


Longhairs in Great Britain.


Although among the least active breeds, the Persian is a keen observer. This gentle and affectionate cat is quite responsive.



Provide love and attention to ensure a devoted companion.


This low energy cat likes short spurts of play. Some Persians catch and kill prey. A scratching post will help him continue this natural activity. Some cats like to knead. They enjoy looking their best on a chair or window sill.


Owners need to provide a protected environment for this indoor cat. Beware of letting this cat outdoors where its long fur can snag on plants and fences. Pet thieves may target your Persian. Some cats are born deaf. Daily care includes combing its coat and washing its face. This calm cat will likely accept other household cats. Keep a watch on its diet to avoid obesity.


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