Persian cat breed standard – critical appraisal and illustrated

Are Persian Cats Healthy? I am afraid not.

April 11th 2011: This article is about the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) breed standard for the contemporary flat faced Persian cat. This cat is sometimes referred to as the “Ultra Persian” in recognition of selective cat breeding to an extreme degree i.e., “ultra”. Note: This page has been republished after a check and some …

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Masked Silver (cat)

Champion Lord Sylvester a Masked Silver from 1901

In 1947, Milo Denlinger, writing about the coat types and colours of Persian cats, said: “Masked Silvers are a new variety, and at present very few are bred. The ideal Masked Silver is a very beautiful animal; in colouring or, I should say marking, they should resemble a Siamese cat; that is to say, …

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Extraordinary Japan – cat man

Cat man in Japan

A really strange cat picture. Who does this? The cats have to be incredibly relaxed or even obedient to make this work. Or trained. Whatever. Because the overriding fear is that if something frightening happens in the street the cats will scram. They’d run away and hide. And being in a public place it’d …

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Persian ticked – experimental or crossbreed

Ticked Coat of Abyssinian Cat

The Persian ticked cat is an experimental breed of purebred cat. It is probably confined to a single breeder – although I don’t know for sure. There is very little information about this proposed cat breed except what is inferred by the title of the cat. We don’t have a photograph of this cat …

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Picture of a concave-faced Persian cat

Picture of a concave-faced Persian cat

This is a picture of a concave-faced Persian cat. I have juxtaposed the picture against one of a standard, traditional doll-faced Persian cat to show the difference. The purpose of this short post is to discuss what we see in these pictures. The first point to make is that the contemporary Persian should have …

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Long-haired cats and litter box problems

Suzy a beautiful long haired calico cat

I have read that Persian cats can become involved in litter box aversion and inappropriate elimination more often than other purebred cat. I think this may be due to their very long fur (rather than their personality) which is part of their breed standard. There are other cats with long fur so this article …

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Persian and Siamese cats rated better pets than non-pedigree cats

Persian Siamese and non-pedigree cats

This is an interesting study (Turner 1995a) which compared the general interaction between cat guardians and Persian and Siamese cats compared to random bred cats (non-pedigree cats). It was conducted in Switzerland and is reported in a book called Companion Animals and Us-Exploring the Relationships between People and Pets. It is a very detailed …

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