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As their name suggests, Persians originate from Persia (Iran). The cats were introduced into Europe by the Phoenicians and Romans in the 1500s as highly valued items of trade. The Europeans were impressed by the Persian's long silky coat and purposefully bred the cats to perpetuate the trait. Other long-haired cats such as Angora came from Turkey and added to the breed. References to such cats dating back to 1684 B.C. were found.
Persians have been popular since the Victorian times. Persians graced the courts of royalty for centuries. By the 1900s the cats were being exported to the United States and since then their popularity has spread throughout the world. In the 19th century, the Persian Cat became the symbol of luxury among the European elite. These cats were among the first breed to be registered and shown.
The Angora was the other long-haired breed of the time, which had a smaller head, with larger ears and fur more silky in comparison to the traditional Persian. Breeders trying to increase their traditional Persian (doll faced) breeding stock began using the Angora, causing the Angora to gradually disappear from British soil.
There is ample proof that this breed is the true breed of Persian cat, as many documents reveal that between 1400 and 1902 this breed used to exist. During that period, Ultra-face Persian did not used to exist.
The doll-face is the ultimate lap cat who loves attention; it is very playful and fond of human company. This Persian is generally described as a quiet cat. Homey and placid, it adapts well to apartment life.
As like any other cat, The doll-face Persian cat is also available in all imaginable colours. Since their fur is heavy and long, as they are long-hair cats, they require daily brushing or combing to keep the coat from matting.
In popular cultureEdit
- Snowbell from Stuart Little
- 'Kitty', from The Powerpuff Girls episodes "Cat Man Do" and "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!"