This cat breed is loved for its noble appearance and calm temperament.

Here are 10 things you didn't know about the Persian.

The origins of the Persian 

#1 The Persian is a very old breed descended from long-haired cats that were imported from Iran.

#2 In Great Britain, the breed was first called ‘the French cat’, then ‘the Chinese cat’ and then ‘the Indian cat’.

#3 The breed was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by explorer Pietro Della Valle.

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The physical characteristics of the Persian 

#4 The breed is a thickset one, with a round body. A round head and short muzzle are characteristics of the breed.

#5 The breed is known to suffer from several illnesses, particularly renal ones.

#6 They have exceptional coats, with a large variety of colours. Grooming often is advised.

#7 This breed is the most abandoned, representing 70% of abandoned cats.

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The Persian's personality

#8 They are distinguished by their exceptional peacefulness and are perfectly suited to apartment life.

#9 Persian cats need a lot of care and attention. They are aware of their beauty and love to be admired.

#10 This breed was so often altered through breeding in the past that it has lost its wild instincts

If you want to find out more, check out this article about the Persian.

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