The Persian is an extreme breed, in every way possible. It is one of most instantly recognizable breeds
with a thick, short body, heavy bone and stocky build. The tail is short and unbelievably fluffy. Because of how long, thick and luxurious the coat is, it adds to the full, round appearance. Persians have a short, thick neck and a round head. Their ears are small and their eyes are round and large. They are flat faced, which is especially notable when viewed from the side.
Persians are a medium-size cat. Persians usually have a weight range of 7 to 12 pounds.
The Persian is often referred to as dignified, although, if you really get to know one, you will note their personality goes so much deeper than the surface docile, calm demeanor. They can be cheeky, they definitely hold grudges and they can get jealous. However, they are also easily won over with loves and snuggles. They are the most personable kitty and cannot get enough attention and affection. I have heard the breed referred to many times as the most “dog like” of all cat breeds because of their desire to follow you from room to room or call out to you in the house. They do not follow the typical cat manual that suggests cats are aloof, often prefer solitude, and don’t come when called. Instead, this breeds needs to be near her human and, especially as younger kittens, will cry to be held when they are tired. Having said that, Persians can also be discerning and discriminating, preferring their loved ones and willing to snub someone unknown.
They have much lower energy than most cat breeds and prefer a more chill environment. They can get along great with many other pets including dogs, as well as children who are taught to be respectful. Persians are a very tolerant, relaxed breed, so care must be taken to ensure that the other pets and people living in her environment are respectful and kind to maintain the level of trust and affection she naturally wants to extend.
Because of the extreme build in their faces, Persians are prone to some health issues directly related to their facial structure. By flattening the nose, we can create issues in the sinuses and nose formation as well as the tear ducts. Although the more extreme a Persian cat is, the better s/he will do in show, increasing extreme flattening of the face also increases health issues associated with a brachycephalic head-type, some of which can be detrimental. Breathing difficulty, dental malocclusions (overbite, underbite, or incorrect bites), increased heat sensitivity, eye issues such as cherry eye and tear duct issues, are just some of the issues associated with the extreme face. It is our goal at Legacy Persians to preserve the legacy of this royal breed and still keep their health paramount. Our breeding goal is to find the balance between achieving the look we all love without sacrificing the health, quality of life and happiness of these treasured souls we are blessed to be owned by.With regular vet visits, quality diet, good grooming and a good environment, Persian cats can be a very healthy, hearty breed and live 15-20 years or more!