Cat of the Month ~ July 2013
The aristocratic and intelligent Persian cat (also known as 'Persian Longhair' or Longhair) has the longest coat length of any known cat. Apart from its coat length it is distinguished by its round face and snub-node (a nose similar to a Pikinese dog). Its origin is obscure though it's name refers to the land mass of Persia, the former name of Iran, where similar cats are found. However the history of the Persian is shrouded in mystery. It is thought to have originated in Russia (where it is believed thousands of years of harsh cold winters caused the evolution of this felines thick fur coat). The puzzle though deepens when we learn that these special cats are shown in hieroglyphic symbols as early as 1684 B.C.
In the Solid Category, only the pure whites come in three different eye colors. Some have brilliant copper or deep blue eyes, others the surprising combination of one blue and one copper eye of equal intensity. The other solid colors have brilliant copper eyes. The coat color for all solids should be sound to the roots and free from markings or shadings. Blues, once the apex of the breed, have been interbred with other colors to produce a more uniform type. Their pale silver-blue coats are most beautiful when viewed in natural lighting. Blacks have glossy patent finishes that glisten with intensity. Pale milk-colored creams are the dilute of the deep vibrant glowing reds. Chocolates and lilacs, introduced through the combination of Persian and Himalayan, are rarely seen. The chocolate demonstrates a warm chocolate-brown color while the lilac is a warm lavender with a pinkish tone.
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