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Home Persian Cat 3 Reasons Why Persian Cats Are So Popular

3 Reasons Why Persian Cats Are So Popular

by Pierre

Why Are Persian Cats So PopularThere are a few popular cat breeds that come to mind when we ask about the nation's favorite feline, and Persians will most certainly be one of them. Persians are the 4th most popular pedigree puss in the UK, and they are capturing hearts around the world.

Why are they so popular? In this article, we will discuss the various reasons people choose this fancy feline.

Why are Persians so popular? There are a plethora of reasons these fluffy angels are so widely adored: they are undeniably distinctive, with their trademark flat (brachycephalic) noses, woolly, color-rich coats, and loving temperaments. They make for ideal lap-cats, and love to be fussed over. They are calm, docile and generally relaxed and friendly when meeting new people.

There are so many more reasons why these precious Persians have sealed a place upon many laps across the world, continue reading to find out why.

1. They are distinctive and endearing

The squash-nosed appearance that comes to mind when we think of Persians is what captures many people’s hearts.

Much like the ugly-cute endearment found with Pugs or British Bulldogs, people cherish animals that look a little eccentric, alternative and unique.

Their roots in Iran offered an exotic attractiveness to pet owners in the 19th century, along with their endearing distinctiveness.

Owning a Persian may have been seen as a status symbol or sign of being well traveled and cultured; however, now people adore Persians for the sheer joy of their temperaments and beauty.

The infamous flat-faced appearance isn’t the only form Persians come in. Persian’s can be one of two breeds; both of which are utterly adorable!

  • The “Traditional” Breed
  • The “Show” Breed

The “Traditional” style of the Persian breed is an increasingly popular option for pet owners. They are similar in appearance and temperament to their squashed face cousins but do not exhibit the signature flat face of the “Show” breed.

Traditional Persians have longer snouts and have been affiliated with the nickname “doll-face” for their cute round cheeks, sweet button nose, and large bright eyes.

Some owners believe this face shape is better for the cats’ respiratory and eye health, as the flat faces of “Show” breeds can stifle their nasal passages, causing congestion and respiratory problems (much like the issues that British bulldogs can suffer on account of their genetics).

The general rule is the flatter the face, the more likely a Persian is to experience these health issues.

2. They are basically giant clouds

The signature long, plush and cotton-esque coat of a Persian is beautiful and relaxing to the touch, many owners find stroking the tactile, long fur of their Persians to be a significantly calming experience.

The unique texture and length of Persian coats mean daily grooming and regular bathing is essential as it is prone to knotting and matting.

However, this has a silver lining, as grooming and care strengthen bonds between cats and their owners.

Persian coats come in many gorgeously hued colors, from deep chocolatey browns, ashy greys, vibrant, fiery gingers, and milky whites.

The fine quality of the individual hairs on these cats creates a uniquely woolly texture, unlike many other cat breeds, which gives Persians a luxury aesthetic appeal.

It is certain that these cats are a treat for the eyes as well as the fingertips.are persian cats popular?

3. They have wonderful personalities

Most people will agree that the biggest draw towards the unique breed is their loving and docile temperaments.

They adore being doted upon and make ideal lap cats as they are generally low-energy animals and will happily sit on you for as long as possible.

They thrive in a relaxed, calm and predictable home without too much ruckus, but can be compatible with calm and affectionate families and children.

The relaxed nature of Persians makes them quite welcoming and calm around strangers, and quite often they will have sealed their place on a visitors lap in no time!

They are blessed with calm, quiet and humorous personalities, and can entertain their owners endlessly with their seemingly aloof facial expressions (that doesn’t match their huge capacity for affection) and “grumpy cat” style. (Are Persian Cats Mean? Here is the truth!)

Known for being relatively non-vocal cats, Persians prefer to communicate with a cute glance and tactility, but you may hear a sweet meow on occasion, especially where food is concerned.

These cats are a dream come true for those looking for a chilled out and fluffy friend who wants lots of cuddles.

It is easy to see why both breeds of Persian cats have claimed such a name for themselves.

Their one of a kind appearance makes them a favorite choice for those looking for a unique and distinctive companion, while their long, woolly and lustrous coats make them just as soft and cuddly as their endearing personalities.

Their calm and warm temperaments make them a brilliant choice for those seeking a low-energy feline that would rather enjoy a snuggle than destroy the curtains and sprint up and down the stairs all night.

Their relaxed, low-anxiety demeanor makes them great for people that have regular visitors (who hopefully don't mind a cuddle or two… or three).

They are beautiful, affectionate and help their owners wind down with their comforting plush fur, affectionate tranquillity, and kind eyes.

Related Questions

How expensive are Persian Cats?

The Pedigree status and much-loved signature features of Persians make them significantly costly animals, ranging from around $500-$700 in the US. Fur color and the variety of colors available from the breeder contribute to the expense, for example, the rarer and most revered “blue” Persians can cost $1000, but owners will say they are very much worth it!

Read here more about the costs of a Persian Cat – Costs of keeping them included!

Are Persians prone to health problems?

Show Persians are known to suffer some problems due to their squashed snouts. Persians can also be prone to a few hereditary health ailments and diseases:

  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Liver problems.

You can avoid some of these issues by always ensuring your breeder is reputable, along with maintaining regular vet-visits for your fancy feline. Healthy Persians have an average lifespan of 10-14 years in captivity with the correct veterinary care and love.

Persians are the purrfect puss for many people. Their flat-faced good looks and idyllic calm have reserved them a seat in the hearts of countless proud Persian lovers around the world, and it’s very easy to see why!

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