Fluffballs: The Persian Longhair

Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

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This breed of cat is usually an indoor dweller.  Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

  • Date of origin: 1800s
  • Place of Origin: Great Britain
  • Ancestry: Middle East Persians
  • Outcross breeds: None
  • Other name: Called Longhairs in Great Britain
  • Weight range: 8-15 lb (3.5-7 kg)
  • Temperment: Interested observer

Persian Longhairs have very soft fur that needs daily grooming, as can be expected.  Apart from that, they are self-contained cats, usually more quiet than vocal and more often than not rather sedate.

The flat face of the Persian can lead to health problems, but it gives them an attractive look.  In the Middle East, they are widely known as “Shirazi cats” or, in Iran, as the “Shiraz cat”.

The art world and its patrons have long embraced their love for the Persian cat by immortalizing them in art, says the Wikipedia.  The one below is possibly the most famous, certainly the world’s largest cat painting:  The late 19th-century painting by Carl Kahler titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’ measures 6-by-8.5-feet and shows plenty of Turkish Angoras and Persian cats.

Carl_Kahler_-_My_Wife's_Lovers
Carl Kahler: My Wife’s Lovers. 1891

 

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