Persian Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health
The Persian At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: Great Britain
Dates Of Origin: 1800's
Average Weight Range: 8-15 lbs.
Temperament Of The Persian: Interested Observer, Quiet.
Breed Colors Of The Persian: A wide variety of colors and color combinations is acceptable.
One of the top 10 most popular cat breeds.
One of the top 10 friendliest cat breeds.
In surveys of vets, the Persian is cited as the quietest and least active cat breed, and the one most likely to accept other cats into its home.  However, the Persian will guard its territory and catch prey with surprising ease, given its shortened face.  The coat needs daily care - vets are often called on to clip matted coats.

History Of The Persian:
The Persian's first documented ancestors were imported from Persia (now Iran) into Italy in 1620 and from Turkey into France at about the same time.  For the next 200 years their descendants were status-symbol pets.  In Britain, in the late 1800's, the Persian was developed within the guidelines of Hairrison Weir's first written breed standards, and by the early 1900's it was recognized by all registries.

Common Persian Health Issues:
Epiphora (Excessive Tearing):
Relatives of the Persian and Himalayans are generally more prone to chronic eye irritations and infections that produce tearing and staining of the hair below the eyes.  Antibiotics such as Tetracycline are usually prescribed.  See cat eye health for more about eye disorders in cats.
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome:
Extremely sensitive skin, it is similar to Psychogenic Alopecia in that it can be caused by stress. Treatment can include antidepressants, or simply separating the cat from its stressful environment.  Or, you can attempt to enrich the cat's environment with toys, climbing equipment, providing a room with a view, even installing a fish tank.
Heart Disease
Skin Sensitivities
Retinal Degeneration
Stenosis (Blockage) Of Nasolacrimal Ducts

Upper And Lower Teeth That Don't Meet (Peke-Faced Variation Only)
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