PIA provides Persian cat pet insurance for the world’s most popular breed of cat. If you would like to learn more about this ancient breed, then have a look at the information on this page. We’ll explore some of the cat’s most notable traits and characteristics.
The ancestors of the first Persian cats most likely came to Europe in the 15th or 16th centuries. Some suggest that soldiers returning from the Crusades brought Persian cats with them. But there are even historical records documenting the early import of long-haired cats from Persia (modern-day Iran).
When those early Persian cats arrived, they were crossed with Angora cats in Italy. It didn’t take long for Persians to become the preferred cats for European royalty, and they were often found at court at various locations across the continent.
The breed has been crossed and developed countless times over the centuries, resulting in a modern breed with a broad, international footprint. In fact, the genome of the modern Persian suggests that it has as much in common (or more) with breeds from Western Europe as it does with those in the Near East.
3 – 4.5 kg
Placid, shy, affectionate and easy-going
Polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, progressive retinal atrophy
Low, flowing double coat that requires considerable grooming
Wide range of colours and patterns – essentially all cat coat-pattern variations
The Persian’s high-maintenance coat, shyness and aversion to jumping and climbing makes them especially well-suited to the indoors.
The Persian is the most popular cat breed in the world for a reason. This charming feline was born for indoor living, and it seems to know where best place itself in a room to complete the interior décor. Whether perched in the windowsill, draped over an armchair or lounging on an end table – the Persian always appears to have intentionally placed itself precisely where it is.
These are relatively shy cats with a quiet, melodious voice. As with most cats, they prefer quieter, more relaxed environs. That said, a Persian can be expected to reasonably adjust to a livelier atmosphere. This is a versatile breed, to say the least, and extra considerations such as Persian cat insurance ensure they live long and happy lives.
Persians comes in a wide range of colours and patterns. They come in solid colours along with silver and gold, shaded and smoke, Siamese colourpoint (i.e. Himalayan) and much more. Suffice to say, if it’s a possible cat colouration you’re looking for, there’s probably a Persian that has it.
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