Video:Persian Cat Breed Profilewith Heidi Dehncke
Most often recognized by their long. fluffy coats, Persian cats are a lovable, active breed. Find out the history of Persian cats, and what they're like as pets today.See Transcript
Transcript:Persian Cat Breed ProfileHi, I'm Nancy Sullivan for About.com. Today I am going to talk a little bit about cats, and a lot about the breed known as Persian.
Origin of Persian CatsThe story goes, the Persian cats originally came from Turkey where they found solid colored long haired cats. And the people in Great Britain found these cats quite beautiful, imported them, and then started to breed them together and to create a solid color cat that had characteristics similar to what we see today: big bones, large head, round open eyes, small ears, and long coats. The long coats are a very important part of the Persian breed.
Temperament of Persian CatsThese Himalayan Persians have the sweetness of the regular Persian but they also have the alertness and brightness of the Siamese. They're very active.
Most Persians are lap cats they love to be loved, they like to be quiet and curl up. But, the Himalayan, in addition to being a lap cat, occasionally they are also very active and enjoy playing.
Persian Cat Health ConcernsSome people might be allergic to this type of coat because it is soft and fluffy and it does take care. But one time a day if you sit quietly with the cat and comb the cat, you usually don't have too much problem with it.
They do have to be bathed occasionally because there's nothing uglier then this type of coat having grime and dirt and knots so would have to give them a bath about once every 6 weeks I would say. They should know that they shed their coats occasionally.
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