Persian Cat History

Opinions vary on when the Persian cat first appeared, how it got its name, and how the breed spread across the globe. This article outlines some of the popular views about Persian cats.

There are references to the Persian cat in hieroglyphic records as early as 1684 B.C. It is believed that the Persian cat is named for its origin in "Persia". The Persian Empire covered a large area of the Near East including modern day Iran and Turkey.

Many historians believe Persian cats came to Europe during the Great Crusades in the 1300's. However, the Italian traveler and writer, Pietro della Valle, (1586 - 1652) has also been credited with bringing the Persian cat to Europe where they were believed to have been bred to Angoras. These varied historical references have confused the exact origin of the Persian cat.

It is believed that the Persian cat was brought to North America in the late 19th century. It has become the most popular breed in the United States. In the UK the Persian cat is known as the Longhair and each coat color is considered a different breed.

Over the years, the look of the Persian cat has changed. The head and eyes are more round and large while the size of the ears has decreased.

Persian cats were historically owned by royalty, including the King of Persia and European nobility. They were highly prized for their beautiful long flowing coats, expression, and wonderful temperament.

Persian cats come in a wide variety of colors. The list below reflects the divisions and colors recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA):

  • Solid Division
  • Silver and Golden Division
  • Shaded and Smoke Division
    • Shell Cameo (Red Chinchilla) - no picture at this time
    • Shaded Cameo (Red Shaded) - no picture at this time
    • Shell Cream (Cream Chinchilla) - no picture at this time
    • Shaded Cream (Cream Shaded) - no picture at this time
    • Shell Tortoiseshell - no picture at this time
    • Shaded Tortoiseshell - no picture at this time
    • Shell Blue-Cream - no picture at this time
    • Shaded Blue-Cream - no picture at this time
    • Black Smoke
    • Blue Smoke
    • Cream Smoke
    • Red Smoke - no picture at this time
    • Tortoiseshell Smoke
    • Blue-Cream Smoke
  • Tabby
    • Silver Tabby
    • Silver Patched Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Blue Silver Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Blue Silver Patched Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Red Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Brown Tabby
    • Brown Patched Tabby
    • Blue Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Blue Patched Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Cream Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Cameo Tabby
    • Cameo Silver Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Chocolate Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Chocolate Patched Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Lilac Tabby - no picture at this time
    • Lilac Patched Tabby
  • Particolor
    • Tortoiseshell (Tortie)
    • Blue-cream
    • Chocolate Tortoiseshell - no picture at this time
    • Lilac-cream - no picture at this time
  • Calico and Bicolor
    • Calico Persian cat
    • Dilute Calico Persian cat
    • Chocolate Persian cat - no picture at this time
    • Lilac Persian cat - no picture at this time
    • Bicolor Persian cat
    • Black Smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Blue Smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Red Smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Cream Smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Chocolate smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Lilac Smoke and White - no picture at this time
    • Calico Smoke - no picture at this time
    • Dilute Calico Smoke - no picture at this time
    • Chocolate Calico Smoke - no picture at this time
    • Lilac Calico Smoke - no picture at this time
    • Shells and Shaded colors - no picture at this time
    • Red Tabby & White
    • Brown Tabby & White
    • Patched Tabby & White
    • Other Tabby & White
  • Himalayan Persian cat - Since Pelaqita Persians does not breed Himmies, please refer to the CFA web site for these colors. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader ™ - to down load a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader) visit this site.

 

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