Persian Cats 101 – 10 Fun Interesting Facts

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Famous for her flat face, round head, short
limbs and thick, long fur, the Persian has reigned supreme in the cat world for more
than three decades. An even-tempered cat, the Persian is known
to enjoy a sunny window and show sudden bursts of kitten-like energy. The Persian is the epitome of a lap cat, with
a restful and undemanding personality. She first came into vogue during the Victorian
era, but she existed long before then. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we look at the world’s favorite feline,
the Persian Cat. Let’s Get Started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. Let us know about your kitty in the comments
below. 10. Persian cats are a very old breed. So old, in fact, that their origin can be
traced together with the origins of human civilization. First records of their existence date to the
times when Mesopotamia was the world’s most advanced civilization. This region was later incorporated in the
empire of Persia, which is where the breed gets its name from. 9. Persian cats were highly valued and smuggled
along with jewels and spices out of Persia and considered contraband. Today, they remain symbols of wealth and sophistication. 8. If you’ve watched more than one Animal Facts
video, you’ll know that Queen Victoria was a bit of an animal fanatic and it is said
that she had a fondness for the Persian cat breed, thus cementing the cat’s status of
sophistication and nobility. Persians took London by storm when the breed
was showcased in the world’s first organized cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace. Proving that cats were popular long before
the Internet, the event drew more than 20,000 visitors. Of course, the Persian took “Best of Show.” 7. Sometime after 1895, Persians were brought
to the United States. In 1906, the Cat Fanciers’ Association was
formed in America, and a Persian was one of the first cats registered. Today, the Persian is one of the most popular
cats in the United States. 6. Recent genetic research indicates that present
day Persians are more closely related to cats from Western Europe than from the Near East. The researchers stated, “Even though the early
Persian cat may have in fact originated from Persia, the modern Persian cat has lost its
phylogeographical signature.” This is not surprising considering the changes
the cats have seen since coming to Europe in the 17th century, including a much rounder
head and flatter face. 5. The dignified and docile Persian is known
for being quiet and sweet. She is an ornament to any home where she can
enjoy sitting in a lap—surely her rightful place—being petted by those who are discerning
enough to recognize her superior qualities. Persians are affectionate but discriminating. She reserves her attention for family members
and those few guests whom she feels she can trust. 4. As any Persian cat owner can attest, owning
one of these cats doesn’t come easily. Grooming is a major requirement for a Persian
and she requires daily attention to keep her looking rightfully majestic. To manage all that fur, some Persian owners
opt to keep their cat’s hair short. 3. The Persian makes the ultimate lap kitty. Due to her ability to be inactive for long
periods of time, the Persian rightfully owns the nickname “furniture with fur”. Looking that good requires lots of beauty
sleep. You should be honored that she chooses you
to rest upon. 2. If you own a Persian, you won’t find it climbing
on your bookcase or attempting to launch itself off your furniture. This is a calm, quiet breed that won’t destroy
your possessions. It doesn’t need constant attention and is
perfectly content to curl up on a chair and doze while you are gone. Curtains, counters, and cushions are all safe
from Persians. 1. In 1950, the Siamese was crossed with the
Persian to create a breed with the body type of the Persian but colorpoint pattern of the
Siamese. It was named Himalayan, after other colorpoint
animals such as the Himalayan rabbit. In the UK, the breed was recognized as the
Colorpoint Longhair. The Himalayan stood as a separate breed in
the US until 1984, when the Cat Fanciers’ Association merged it with the Persian, to
the objection of the breed councils of both breeds. Some Persian breeders were unhappy with the
introduction of this crossbreed into their “pure” Persian lines. Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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