Persian kittens and Exotic Longhair kittens have been cherished for hundreds—if not thousands—of years, tracing their origins to the deserts of Persia and Iran. Today, the Persian kitten / cat is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the U.S. The Persian cat is a medium- to large-sized breed. The trademark characteristics of the Persian kittens and cats have a round, flat face shaped like a pansy and a longer coat than an Exotic Shorthair. The coat comes in almost every color and pattern imaginable, including solid shades, smoke and shaded colors, tabby patterns, bicolors, and colorpoints or pointed colors.
Persian or Exotic Longhair Kittens FAQS
Are their other names for Persian kittens? Some may refer to a Persian kitten as an Exotic Longhair.
What is the difference between a Persian and an Exotic Longhair kitten? They physically are identical. One difference is that the Persian has a pure Persian bloodline. An Exotic Longhair has both Persian and Exotic Shorthair in their bloodline.
The other difference is in their character. The Exotic Longhair is a product of outcrossing the Persian with American Shorthair cats, a distinct and popular breed, in the 1950s. So, the Exotic Longhair has some American Shorthair personality characteristics in them. The same applies to the Exotic Shorthair.
The CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) does not recognize the Exotic Longhair as a separate, distinct breed. They register the “Exotic” which includes both the shorthaired the longhaired varieties. The other major American cat Association, TICA (The International Cat Association), recognizes the Exotic Shorthair. It does not recognize the Exotic Longhair but of course recognizes the Persian. On this basis, they accept that the Exotic Longhair is the same as the Persian. Therefore on our website we may list a kitten as a Persian or Exotic Longhair although there is a slight technical difference.
What is the personality of a Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten? Persian kittens are very sweet, gentle and affectionate
What is the average weight of a Persian or Exotic Longhair cat? The average weight of a Persian or Exotic Longhair cat is an average of 6-10 pounds for a female and 7-12 pounds for the average male.
What is the average length of a Persian or Exotic Longhair cat? The average length of a Persian or Exotic Longhair cat is about 14 to 17 inches.
What is the coat length of a Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten? It is long all over the body and thick, with an immense ruff around the neck, deep frill extending between the front legs and very full brush tail. Glossy, with a fine texture.
What are some of the coat colors that a Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten comes in?
- Blue Cream
Its patterns include smoke, solid, bicolor, tricolor, Tortoiseshell, and shaded.
What are the different varieties of eye color in Persian or Exotic Longhair kittens? Varies according to coat color, but may be copper, blue, green, blue-green, hazel and odd-eyed.
What is the life expectancy of a Persian or Exotic Longhair cat? 15 to 20 years
Characteristics of Persian or Exotic Shorthair Kittens
Persian kittens or Exotic Longhair kittens are known and loved for its very sweet, gentle, calm disposition. Though Persians are quite friendly, they require gentle handling, which means no roughhousing or grabbing from young children. They get along great with kind, respectful kids, but would rather be stroked and admired than engage in strenuous activities. Persians also enjoy the company of other cats and gentle dogs. Persian kittens love to sprawl out in favorite spot in the home with good vantage points to keep an eye on the goings-on in the household, be it a plush chair or sun-filled window ledge. Persian kittens and cats are usually homebodies. It’s best to keep them indoors to prevent overheating, fleas, or things getting tangled into their coat. Persian kittens and Persian cats love their human families, but they don’t mind being left alone for short periods of time as long as they are in their own homes where they feel comfortable and safe.
History of the Persian Kitten
The earliest written history of Persian cats dates back to the early 1500s, but some breed fanciers believe that the Persian may be even older than that. Ancient hieroglyphs found in the region show longhaired cats that may have been the ancestors of what became the Persian cat breed. The earliest examples of what eventually became the Persian cat were exhibited at the very first cat show, which took place in London in 1871. Queen Victoria, who was a big animal lover, became enamored with the exotic-looking cats with long coats. She owned several Persian cats, which in turn led to the breed becoming popular with other royals and the upper-class British. The breed found its way to the United States in late 1800s and early 1900s. As in England, the Persian won over the American people, who fell in love with the Persian cat.
Appearance of Persian or Exotic Longhair Kittens
The Persian or Exotic Longhair is a medium-to large-sized cat with short, muscular legs, a short back, a cobby, sturdy body and a deep chest. The Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten is immediately recognizable by its very flat face with full cheeks, large round eyes, a short muzzle and a short snub-nose, round cheeks, a firm chin, medium-sized ears, and large, round eyes. All of these facial components give the Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten a very sweet expression that is almost human-like. The Persian cat’s coat is longer than that of and Exotic Shorthair. Our Mon Chéri Exotic Longhair or Persian kittens are bred to have easy to care for midi coats that are very soft.
Diet and Nutrition of Persian or Exotic Longhair Kittens
The Persian kitten or Exotic Longhair kitten may become overweight if allowed to eat too much. For all kittens and cats, staying lean is healthier, and it can prevent the kitten or cat from developing obesity-related health issues like diabetes and heart disease. To manage your Exotic Longhair or Persian cat’s food intake, feed measured meals twice a day instead of filling up the food bowl all the time. Young Persian kittens should eat three times a day. If you’re not sure what to feed or how much food your Persian needs daily, talk to your veterinarian or feel free to ask us for advice.
Persian & Exotic Longhair Kittens Breed Overview
Happiest when at home, the Persian or Exotic Longhair kitten is neither needy nor aloof, but a mixture of quiet affection and calm independence. Persians or Exotic Longhairs tend to be fairly quiet, but when they vocalize, they have sweet, musical voices. Persian or Exotic Longhair kittens love to cuddle or hang out next to you, and will happily greet you at the door when you come home.
Mon Chéri Cattery Exotic Shorthair Kitten Breeders
Mon Chéri Cattery is an Arkansas breeder of Exotic Shorthair kittens and Exotic Longhair kittens or some may call Persian kittens both pet and show-quality and a CFA Cattery of Excellence. Our Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale and Exotic Longhair kittens for sale are of outstanding pedigrees, including champions, which trace to Kings and Queens from Russia, Germany, European imports, and carefully chosen domestic bloodlines. For over 20 years we have breed Exotic Shorthair kittens that are healthy, beautiful, well-socialized and smart. Our Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale are available in the most desired shades of chocolate, calico, lilac, red, cream, bicolor, solid, tabby, colorpoint, black smoke, and the rare tortoiseshell.
*CFA or The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats and known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registering association in North America. See our Mon Chéri Cattery profile on CFA.