The instantly recognisable Persian cat has been a popular breed across Europe and the Middle East for hundreds of years. With their flat faces and fluffy fur, these high-maintenance moggies enjoy life in the slow lane, and are well suited to apartment living… as long as their owner is prepared to give them the attention and pampering they need!
Whilst the Persian’s long hair has always been present in the breed, the characteristic squished nose, or “peke-face”, is a modern development. “Traditional” Persians have a more visible muzzle, whereas “peke-faced” Persians were selectively bred to have a very flat nose.
While this look may be attractive to cat fanciers, it can be accompanied with a whole host of potential related health problems, such as breathing difficulties, dental problems and various eye problems such as excessive tearing. These issues are exacerbated by irresponsible breeding, so if you are planning on picking up a Persian kitten, make sure that it is coming from a reputable breeder.
Thanks to their luxuriously long and fluffy coat, Persians require frequent grooming, and should be brushed or combed once a day to prevent tangles, and might also require a bath every month or so. This also means that they shed their fur A LOT, so Persian owners better be prepared to spend more of their time vacuum cleaning!
Even though they can be shy around strangers and other animals, Persians are affectionate towards their favourite family members, and are happy to sit around and be petted. They are not terribly active compared to other cat breeds, and they aren’t likely to do so well in a scrap, so they prefer to be indoor cats and make the perfect pet for life in an apartment.(Video)
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