Famous for her flat face, round head, shortlimbs and thick, long fur, the Persian has reigned supreme in the cat world for morethan three decades.
An even-tempered cat, the Persian is knownto enjoy a sunny window and show sudden bursts of kitten-like energy.
The Persian is the epitome of a lap cat, witha restful and undemanding personality.
She first came into vogue during the Victorianera, but she existed long before then.
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Persian cats are a very old breed.
So old, in fact, that their origin can betraced together with the origins of human civilization.
First records of their existence date to thetimes when Mesopotamia was the world’s most advanced civilization.
This region was later incorporated in theempire of Persia, which is where the breed gets its name from.
Persian cats were highly valued and smuggledalong with jewels and spices out of Persia and considered contraband.
Today, they remain symbols of wealth and sophistication.
If you’ve watched more than one Animal Factsvideo, you’ll know that Queen Victoria was a bit of an animal fanatic and it is saidthat she had a fondness for the Persian cat breed, thus cementing the cat’s status ofsophistication and nobility.
Persians took London by storm when the breedwas showcased in the world's first organized cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace.
Proving that cats were popular long beforethe Internet, the event drew more than 20,000 visitors.
Of course, the Persian took “Best of Show.
Sometime after 1895, Persians were broughtto the United States.
In 1906, the Cat Fanciers' Association wasformed in America, and a Persian was one of the first cats registered.
Today, the Persian is one of the most popularcats in the United States.
Recent genetic research indicates that presentday Persians are more closely related to cats from Western Europe than from the Near East.
The researchers stated, "Even though the earlyPersian cat may have in fact originated from Persia, the modern Persian cat has lost itsphylogeographical signature.
" This is not surprising considering the changesthe cats have seen since coming to Europe in the 17th century, including a much rounderhead and flatter face.
The dignified and docile Persian is knownfor being quiet and sweet.
She is an ornament to any home where she canenjoy sitting in a lap—surely her rightful place—being petted by those who are discerningenough to recognize her superior qualities.
Persians are affectionate but discriminating.
She reserves her attention for family membersand those few guests whom she feels she can trust.
As any Persian cat owner can attest, owningone of these cats doesn’t come easily.
Grooming is a major requirement for a Persianand she requires daily attention to keep her looking rightfully majestic.
To manage all that fur, some Persian ownersopt to keep their cat’s hair short.
The Persian makes the ultimate lap kitty.
Due to her ability to be inactive for longperiods of time, the Persian rightfully owns the nickname “furniture with fur”.
Looking that good requires lots of beautysleep.
You should be honored that she chooses youto rest upon.
If you own a Persian, you won't find it climbingon your bookcase or attempting to launch itself off your furniture.
This is a calm, quiet breed that won't destroyyour possessions.
It doesn't need constant attention and isperfectly content to curl up on a chair and doze while you are gone.
Curtains, counters, and cushions are all safefrom Persians.
In 1950, the Siamese was crossed with thePersian to create a breed with the body type of the Persian but colorpoint pattern of theSiamese.
It was named Himalayan, after other colorpointanimals such as the Himalayan rabbit.
In the UK, the breed was recognized as theColorpoint Longhair.
The Himalayan stood as a separate breed inthe US until 1984, when the Cat Fanciers’ Association merged it with the Persian, tothe objection of the breed councils of both breeds.
Some Persian breeders were unhappy with theintroduction of this crossbreed into their "pure" Persian lines.
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