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The Origin of the Persian Cat
The Persian cat is simply one of God's most wonderful creatures and is one of the most popular as well. This is mainly because of their sweet and gentle disposition and their beauty—defined by their long beautiful coat of fur and remarkably unique head. The head of this gentle breed of cats is broad and somewhat large for its size, while being round and a little flat. They typically have smaller, tufted ears and their bodies are shorter legged but thick and muscular. Persians are available in a remarkable array of colors, and in Great Britain the difference in color of these "Longhairs" are considered to be separate breeds. The Persian is a beloved cat in the US also due to their kind temperament and because they adjust to new environments with ease. They typically are very affectionate and loving, and although not really shy, they tend to be mild tempered.
So, Where Exactly Do Persian Cats Originate From?
It's honestly not precisely known where the Persian breed came from. Many ancient Persian paintings and writings include them in their works, and because they have been known by that country's name for centuries, many have assumed that is where they originated. The Persian empire once covered a large part of the middle east and Turkey as well as the northeastern tip of Africa and part of the Arabian peninsula—so there has been some speculation whether this adorable cat came from Asia or Africa, or even Europe.
The Persian's mysterious origins have by many experts been settled by the simple fact that they are called "Persian" and believe they originated from Persia—or modern day Iran. It is believed that possibly this beloved cat came from that region to France via traders, and were known as "Angoras," named after the Turkish capital, Ankara. Those earliest Persians were pure white with intense blue eyes that have been crossbred over the centuries to develop the into the Blue, Cream, and Black Persian varieties. Since then they have furthered developed into many other colors and patterns that have been divided in to "color divisions" by the Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc (CFA).
European and American Popularity
It is believed that the Persian made its way to Europe during the time of the Crusades in the 1300's or perhaps later by way of trading routes in the 1500's. Either way, they were highly-prized and became very popular among royalty, with Queen Victoria being very fond of and owning the Blue Persian. After that they became extremely popular among British aristocracy, and remain so to this day.
Persians were introduced to American society in the late 19th century and it soon became the most popular feline breed in the United States. It still holds that honor today. Their colors and shapes have changed over the years due to much cross-breeding, but one thing still holds true—these adorable cats are some of the most loving, affectionate and mild tempered cats available.
Persians are a beautiful and loving creation by God and they provide years of sweet companionship and enjoyment.