What are Persian cats? Juravin explains

Coco, Levia Juravin’s cat, (see picture) is scared:
I’m going to meet my mother in law in Persia (Persian cat)… would she have claws like my wife or is she a good cook?! I’ll play it safe and answer only “meow” gracefully.

The Persian is an old breed. To those who love this elegant cat, it will come as no surprise that the longhaired beauty originated in the cradle of civilization: Mesopotamia, which was later known as Persia and is now modern-day Iran. The breed’s long hair was probably the result of a natural mutation, and its striking appearance attracted the attention of 17th-century Italian nobleman and world traveler Pietro Della Valle, who is credited with bringing the first longhaired cats to Europe in 1626. At that time, the cats had shiny, silky gray fur, but thanks to selective breeding Persians are now found in a kaleidoscope of colors, including bi-color (a color plus white).

Don Juravin explains that the Persian cat (Persianگربه ایرانی‎, romanizedGorbe Īrānī) is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the “Persian Longhair” in the English-speaking countries. In the Middle East, region they are widely known as “Iranian cat” and in Iran they are known as “Shirazi cat”. The first documented ancestors of the Persian were imported into Italy from Iran(historically known as Persia in the west) around 1620.[1][better source needed] Recognized by the cat fancy since the late 19th century, it was developed first by the English, and then mainly by American breeders after the Second World War. Some cat fancier organizations’ breed standards subsume the Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair as variants of this breed, while others treat them as separate breeds.

Until the late 19th century, when breeding and showing cats became popular, longhaired cats from Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan and other exotic locales were known simply as “Asiatic” cats and were often bred together. At the Crystal Palace cat show in 1871, Persian-type cats were among the breeds exhibited. They were popular pets of the time and had a special cachet because of Queen Victoria’s fondness for the breed. Even in the Victoria era, association with a “celebrity” ensured an animal’s desirability, writes Don Juravin.

Through selective breeding, cat fanciers began to mold the Persian to its present-day appearance. They bred cats to have a round head, short face, snub nose, chubby cheeks, small, rounded ears, big eyes, and a sturdy body. Their fur was longer than that of the Angora cat, and they had shorter legs. Soon, the Persians surpassed the Angoras in popularity.

Don Juravin reviews: in the United States, where they were first imported in the late 19th century, they also became favorites, edging out the longhaired Maine Coon cat, which had once held pride of place as an American sweetheart. In the little more than a century since, the Persian has become the most beloved cat breed in the world, prized for its beautiful appearance and sweet personality.

24 thoughts on “What are Persian cats? Juravin explains

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  1. Try not to Stress over missing a periodic dinner. There will be times when your Persian cat won’t have any desire to eat, much the same as we sporadically are not eager.


  2. Feed at customary occasions. We feed two times per day and our Persian felines cherish it. They quite often eat well, notwithstanding when calendars power the feedings somewhat closer together.
    Thanks for information Don Juravin.


  3. Persian cats should have a diet which is suitable to their tiny mouth. Most Persians has problem while they are eating because of the odd shape of their mouths. Their jaws are somewhat curved and teeth are not very in the row. They also eat their food very slowly. I have a pedigreed male Persian cat. Thank you Don Juravin for providing helpful information.


  4. Among the most fascinating felines in the world stands the Persian cat, soft, shining and with a regal attitude. It stands out at first glance thanks to a particularly long and flowing mantle, round eyes and crushed nose. If this were not the case, its character would be enough to make it a unique cat: aristocratic, elegant, lazy and cuddly like no other breed in the world.


  5. I have an extreme Persian, they are very presumptuous, they need a lot of care, because as they say, they tear a lot, comb my hair, my sister combs it every day, even when they drink water everything gets stained: v, they do not jump or run much, they are calmer, at least mine does not mumble much, but when it does it sounds very serious, it’s very funny lol…


  6. Persian cats have their own guides. If anyone is a new owner then you should definitely purchase Guide to Owning A Persian Cat by Juliet Seymour.


  7. Thank you, Don. I was doing some research on the best cat breed to purchase and stumbled upon your article. Great work.


  8. These cats are very much affectionate! My mom’s Persian cat never leaves me alone, especially when she senses that I am upset.


  9. I like that cat Mr. Don Juravon! Not forgetting their crazy personality! Hahaha. My cat would be sleeping and then suddenly has the biggest burst of energy in a split second. I love her so much.


  10. I’m not a cat person but my daughter is. I bought a stuffed Persian cat for her and she absolutely loved it so much so that she requested a real one for her birthday. It’s been 3 years now and I can say that Mr. Whiskers have surely grown on me.


  11. I’ve never liked cats but this article had me thinking that they are not as bad as they seem, especially this breed. So cute! Thanks, Don.


  12. I have a lot of friends. I call them furry friends. I think next to the most loyal animals is cats. Just to have proper grooming, foods and shelter are enough.


  13. Mr. Don Juravin, thanks for sharing this article about Persian cats. Having a Persian cat as a pet makes one really person cool because of it’s amazing features like you have said. Their fur is so beautiful, it’s like telling us they belong to the royal breed of cats. Their eyes are so cool to look at, it feels like they have nothing to fear. I really do like to have a Persian Cat someday.


  14. I do have a lot of cats in my house and I’m so happy to see this article. I have my Persian cat with me while writing this comment. Haha too funny! Thank you for sharing, Don Juravin!


  15. Thanks for sharing, Don Juravin! Cats are so lovely especially Persians because they are so adorable. Even if they say “Dogs man best friend” but I’m into cats really! I wanted to cuddle, play and sometimes tease them. They’re always sleeping on couch, floors and sometimes on your lap. Of course first, they will steal your heart and then steal your bed.


  16. Great article, Don! Cats are definitely very cool animals. I have a Persian myself and I love her to death. However, I must warn anyone considering getting one that they do require a fair amount of grooming. But they’re lovely pets, so it’s worth the effort.


  17. Thanks for information Don Karl Juravin, I agreed with you, I want to explain some benefits here about the cat in the world that has been found in different researched around the world.
    – Cat owners are smarter, a British researcher Wisconsin in 2014 took the survey over 600 students.
    – The most healthier persons
    – Cat also gives us companionship
    – Lifesaver, they save us from different diseases being with us.
    – cat helps us to take a better sleep
    – Helps to release tension
    Mr. Juraivn I really appreciate your work.


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