The First Persian Cats

The Persians dominated the First National Exhibition in Great Britain, celebrated in the Crystal Palace of London in 1871. The color blue was from the beginning the most appreciated, although the colors white and black also had a prominent place.

The orange variety (actually known as red) was advancement at the beginning of the XX century, although then they weren’t so common, as it keeps on being.

This first Persian must have been very different from today’s specimens with pedigree, with whom they barely shared the long hair and the specialized selective breeding programs, created to satisfy the huge existing demand in all the world and overall in the United States.

Soon after the first exhibition, the Persians arrived to the United States, where they consolidated themselves as the favorite race.

In 1903, United States breeders established its own standard for the Persian and the national preferences began to arise.

While the British breeders were looking for a less robust constitution, probably more near to the original, the breeders in t the United States preferred a more compact body and were trying to develop even more abundant hair.

These preferences are reflected even in the subtle differences between the standards of exhibition of the British Feline Associations and those of the United States.

Most of the disagreements are centered on the head. The breeders in the United States have produced Persian with flattened noses, which they refer to as “of modern type”.

Exhibition Cats
One of the keys to the popularity of the Persian as an exhibiting animal is its calmed character and its easy capacity to adapt itself to new environments, thus why he is not so nervous at these events.

Thanks to these qualities, he is also a good company animal, although he requires a daily dedication of approximately an hour to brush, untangle and to maintain healthy the cloak.

He also changes hair in abundance. It long hair usually absorbs the fat secretions that appear on the longer hairs of the cloak and overall if its white, it produces stains.

The more daring owners propose to bathe them frequently to give a solution to this problem, but it can at least be mitigated by applying sand dust or non perfumed powder talc and after brushing him to eliminate them.

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