Persians are the most popular breed in the North America and typically weigh between 7 to 12 pounds. The Persian has a sweet, gentle personality and a beautiful, flowing coat. Persians were bred to have a round head, short face, and small rounded ears. They communicate with their expressive eyes and their soft, melodious voice. Persians prefer a serene, predictable environment. They love to cuddle, but they also are playful and curious.
Common Health Conditions
- Persian cats are very prone to polycystic kidney disease. This means that cysts develop in the kidney area, growing and multiplying if left untreated. It is estimated that 38% of Persian cats suffer from this hereditary disease.
- Hairballs in cats are more likely to appear in long-haired breeds, such as Persians. Cats that shed a lot or who groom themselves compulsively are also more likely to have hairballs, because they tend to swallow a lot of fur.
- Skin fold dermatitis refers to irritation of the Persian cat's facial creases as a result of excessive tear overflow.