1930s Persian cat compared with 2000 variant (picture)
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1938 Persian cat

The difference that 80 or more years of selective breeding makes to the Persian cat can be seen in the photo. The breeders decided in about 1930 that they needed to refine the appearance of the Persian cat. For some … please continue reading

New regulations prohibit extreme dog breeding in England but omits cats
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New UK regulations prohibit extreme dog breeding but omits cats

New regulations for England prohibit the breeding of dogs with inherited health problems which exist because of the breeding process. However, there is no mention of extreme cat breeding in these regulations which is disappointing as the Persian has been … please continue reading

What Are the Signs of an Inbred Cat?
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Penelope- inbred Persian dumped at cat shelter

Cat inbreeding causes what is described as “inbreeding depression” which is another term for general weakness. Robinson’s Genetics for Breeders and Veterinarians provides a list of signs of inbreeding depression which are as follows: There may be a decline in … please continue reading

California Spangled is Extinct. Can a Cat Breed be Extinct?
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The California Spangled is extinct but, that said, cat breeds can’t become extinct. Sarah Hartwell says, “The breed was considered extinct in the 1990s”. You won’t get a better authority. This is about 20 years ago. If there were some … please continue reading

World’s Saddest Looking Cat (droopy-eyed Persian)
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This is Pixie, a very cute little calico Persian, living in Bristol, UK, who looks sad but the only reason she looks sad is because selective breeding has given her an abnormal facial structure of droopy, large eyes and a … please continue reading

Persian cat “Bonnie”: Rescued from a cat breeder
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By Pat Kingsnorth – Ark on the Edge – animal sanctuary One June morning in 2000 I was rung by the RSPCA and the call enlightened me in the world of breeding. They had been alerted to a breeder and had found … please continue reading

Persian Cat Breeding
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The last 35+ years.. Through Persian cat breeding the appearance of the cat that you know (probably the extreme Persian look) has been altered over a period of time (over the last 100 years and a perhaps more substantially over … please continue reading