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 sad looking mouth. Her appearance is all “manufactured by people”. It is artificial and I hate to spoil the fun but that is the brutal truth. Nature did not give her this expression and if it had it would have been so much better as far as I am concerned.
The important bit of the Cat Fanciers’ Association breed standard is as follows:
The ideal Persian should present an impression of a heavily boned, well-balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. The large round eyes set wide apart in a large round head contribute to the overall look and expression….
As you can see the modern Persian should have a “sweet expression”, not a sad expression. The appearance of this cute cat is a mistake in strict breeding terms. At a cat show Pixie would do badly. She looks very small too and is probably the runt of a litter.
A lot of people feel that the contemporary Persian has been overbred, meaning selectively bred to extreme. The idea was to improve on the more natural Persian but as usual breeders tend to go far and they ended up with a bit of a monstrosity to be honest which to most eyes looks less attractive than the original.
I have seen this droopy-eyed appearance before. I looks like extreme breeding gone wrong. Pixie seems to have watery eyes too. The anatomy of the head is so distorted as to cause health problems concerning breathing and tear drainage.
I hate to be a party pooper but this UK cat celebrity is man made; a Frankenstein-like product.
The nice thing about this is that her caretaker, Sophie Batt, seems to be a nice lady and a good cat guardian so Pixie is in a good home. That is the important thing.
It seems that the UK is seeking their own Grumpy Cat. The media want a UK cat to compete with Grumpy Cat on the international cat celebrity stage. Grumpy is also a deformed cat. People forget these things. People are obsessed with appearance while not paying attention to the more serious aspects of how we get to having these cats.
I like fun as much as the next person but not at the expense of cat health. Peoples’ obsession with physical appearance is not healthy for either people or other animals. We need to look for entertainment from other sources that don’t abuse animals.
Without wishing to go on too long, the modern Persian is really an abuse of the domestic cat species. It is also in breach of the CFA’s own guidelines on cat breeding (unhealthy breeding) but no one mentions that in the corridors of the headquarters of the CFA.