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Persian Kittens Breed History, Characteristics & Care

Persian kittens and Persian cats have been cherished for hundreds—if not thousands—of years, tracing its 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 (Himalayan)

Persian Kitten Quick Facts

  • OTHER NAMES: Persian Kittens also called Exotic Longhair Kittens
  • PERSONALITY: Sweet, gentle and affectionate
  • WEIGHT: About 7 to 12 pounds
  • LENGTH: About 14 to 17 inches 
  • COAT LENGTH: 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. 
  • COAT COLOR: Solid (blue, black, white, red, cream, chocolate or lilac), silver and golden, shaded and smoke (including cameo and tortoiseshell patterns), tabby, calico and bicolor, and colorpoints / Himalayan /pointed colors.
  • EYE COLOR: Varies according to coat color, but may be copper, blue, green, blue-green, hazel and odd-eyed.
  • LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15 to 20 years
  • ORIGIN: Persia and Iran

Characteristics of  Persian Kittens & Cats

Persian kittens and Persian cats are known and loved for its very sweet, gentle, calm disposition. Though Persian kittens and Persian cats 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 Persian Kittens & Persian Cats

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. The International Cat Association recognizes the Himalayan, which has a light-colored body and darker “points” of color on face, ears, legs and tail, as a separate breed within the Persian breed group.

The Persian was recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1906 as one of the foundation breeds. The International Cat Association recognizes the Himalayan, which has a light-colored body and darker “points” of color on face, ears, legs and tail, as a separate breed within the Persian breed group. In the CFA, cats with Himalayan coloration are judged with the rest of the Persian colorations.

Appearance of Persian Kittens 

The Persian is a medium-to large-sized cat with short, muscular legs, a short back, a cobby, sturdy body and a deep chest. The Persian kitten or Persian cat 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 kitten / cat a very sweet expression that is almost human-like. The Persian cat’s coat is longer than that of exotic shorthairs that has a lot of volume. Our Mon Chéri Persian kittens are bred to have easy to care for midi coats that are very soft. The Persian cat comes in many different colors and patterns. 

Diet and Nutrition of Persian Kittens & Cats

The Persian kitten and Persian cat 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 Persian cat’s food intake, feed measured meals twice a day instead of filling up the food bowl all the time (a practice called free feeding). 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 breeder for advice.

Breed Overview of Persian Kittens & Persian Cats 

Happiest when at home, the Persian kitten or Persian cat is neither needy nor aloof, but a mixture of quiet affection and calm independence. Persians tend to be fairly quiet, but when they vocalize, they have sweet, musical voices. Persian kittens and cats love to cuddle or hang out next to you, and will happily greet you at the door when you come home.

Mon Chéri Cattery Persian Kitten Breeders

The beloved Persian kitten remains the number one most desired breed of kitten among cat lovers to date. With its long push coat, round pansy-like eyes, and attention-seeking personality, it is no surprise why they are a top choice. We are CFA registered* Persian kitten breeders, of both pet and show-quality kittens that are outstandingly beautiful, friendly and come with a health guarantee. View our beautiful Persian kittens for sale. Our Persian kittens for sale or exotic longhairs 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.

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