Despite its luxurious coat, open pansy like faces and large excessive eyes, the Persian cat's sweet and gentle personalities make them one of the most desired pets around the world. It has been an avidly sought after breed since it was first brought into Italy in 1620 by Pietro della Valle from Persia (contemporary Iran).
Here is a quick glance on the different types of Persian cats from the traditional to most popular cross-breeds to the similarly featured Turkish cat.
Traditional Persian cat
Flowing coat, sweet face and calm personality, these three words truly describe a traditional Persian cat. However, they require rigorous maintenance in order to preserve the long and silky coat. This sweet cat has a bit of a weight issue. The owner must pay great attention to weight management. These cats generally have blue, copper, green, hazel coloured eyes. The Traditional has a life span of 8 to 11 years. Their long and silky coats come in a wide range of colours including white, red, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, silver, golden, cameo, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, brown, calico and seal.
The Himalayan, is a colourpoint version of the Persian. Himalayan is a cross between Persian cat and pointed pattern of the Siamese. Despite being heavily boned, its masses of straight and long fur makes it appear even larger. The Himalayan requires high level of grooming. It loves playing with its parents when young. The owners biggest challenge would be making a balance between nutrition and exercise to keep them health. These don't have wide variation in eye colours like the Traditional. Generally these cats will have blue, copper or green eyes. They do not need a lot of social attention. They are very friendly and easily adaptable. Their colours range from chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, black, flame, red, cream, tortoiseshell, frost, silver, golden, brown, fawn, and cinnamon.
Exotic Shorthair cat
The Exotic Shorthair cat is a Persian with short coat. The Exotic is nicknamed as “the lazy man’s Persian.” This breed is a cross among American Shorthair, Burmese or British Shorthair. Exotics are prone to breathing problems, due to their flat faces, and are sensitive to heat. To keep them healthy the carer needs to keep them with air-conditioned environment as well protect them from any place with high temperature.
Males weigh around 12 lbs and females from 8 to 12 lbs. They live up tp 15 years or longer. They are excellent lap cats, meaning, of course, they are happy to sit on the owner's lap and do nothing. They hace gold, copper, green, and blue coloured eyes. With long and silky coats they are found in all the same colours and patterns as the Traditional.
Ethereal and fairy-like Chinchillas, a variety of the Persian cat is one of the oldest 'man breed.' Beginning of the breed happened in 1882 with a cat by the name of "Chinnie." Some enthusiasts claim that the Chinchilla Persian is considered to be the most beautiful of all Persian cats. Although the Kittens are born almost black with heavy tabby markings, that disappears over time with age and metamorphosing in silver and gold. They have a similar personality to Persian Traditionals and no potential owner should proceed without committing to daily grooming. Males weigh 12 lbs and females 8 to 12 lbs. They live for 12 to 15 years. They have a beautiful lengthy and silky coat.
Through various sources from the cat breed history, Angoras and Persians appear to be connected to this breed. In F. Simpson wrote in her book titled The Book Of The Cat that F Simpson wrote in the 19th century Persians and Angoras were identical. An active and sweet cat, the Turkish angora is children friendly. They have blue, copper, green, and gold eye colours. They are currently an endangered breed.