1. PERSAINS ARE LOW MAINTENANCE.
Persian cat might look prissy and aloof, but they’re actually considered to be one of the most low-maintenance—and friendliest—cat breeds.
2. PERSIAN CAT FACES HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN—AND AREN’T ALWAYS—FLAT.
After its coat, the Persian’s most distinctive characteristic is its flat face. However, the breed hasn't always had flat faces. Persians once had a more pronounced muzzle, but in the 1950s a genetic mutation caused a batch of kittens to be born with scrunched features. Breeders liked the aesthetic, and over the years they used selective breeding to taper down the cat’s silhouette.
Some kitties, called “traditional” or “doll-face” Persians, still look like their pointy-featured ancestors. The Cat Fanciers' Association views the peke or ultra-faced Persian as the breed’s modern standard. However, it could come with a price: Persians with this feature have runny eyes, labored breathing, and often struggle to eat their food.
3. PERIANS WERE IN THE WORLD'S FIRST CAT SHOW.
More than 250 years later, Persians took London by storm when the breed was showcased in the world's first organized cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace. The day-long exhibition also featured Siamese cats, a Scottish Wild Cat, and Manxes, among other exotic felines. Proving that cats were popular long before the Internet, the event drew more than 20,000 visitors. It also shouldn't surprise anyone that a Persian kitten won "Best in Show."
4. PERSIAN CATS ARE LOVED IN AMERICA ...
Sometime after 1895, Persian kittens were brought to the United States. In 1906, the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) 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 USA.