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Persian

Persian

An Easygoing Cat

Docile, Predictable

Persians are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Persians, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Persian and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Cobby, medium to large, muscular Coat:Long, thick, glossy, away from body

Length of fur
5

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
1

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

Dental: Persians often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is affectionate and laid back, making her a sweet and loving family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Requires very little grooming

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

Negative Traits:

  • Sheds quite a bit

  • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

  • Prone to a number of health problems

Whether you are considering adding a new Persian to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Persian will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Persian you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues an Persian could encounter:

Heart Disease

Urolithiasis

Lysosomal Storage Disease (LSD)

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Portosystemic Shunt

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Called Persians for their country of origin, the first cats of this breed are thought to have found their way westward during the 1600's in spice caravans coming from what is now Iran. Known as the Longhair in Britain, they are known for their luxurious coats and easy going personalities. They are playful, but not demanding; their patience and social nature makes them a great companion for households with children and other pets.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Persian shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

  • Noisy or labored breathing

  • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

  • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

    Dental: Persians often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is affectionate and laid back, making her a sweet and loving family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Requires very little grooming

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

    Negative Traits:

    • Sheds quite a bit

    • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

    • Prone to a number of health problems

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Persian to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Persian will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Persian you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues an Persian could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Urolithiasis

    Lysosomal Storage Disease (LSD)

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Portosystemic Shunt

    Polycystic Kidney Disease

  • History

    Called Persians for their country of origin, the first cats of this breed are thought to have found their way westward during the 1600's in spice caravans coming from what is now Iran. Known as the Longhair in Britain, they are known for their luxurious coats and easy going personalities. They are playful, but not demanding; their patience and social nature makes them a great companion for households with children and other pets.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Persian shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

    • Noisy or labored breathing

    • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

    • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

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