Persian breed information

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Own a Persian, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: Up to 15 years
  • Coat: Long hair and will require careful grooming daily
  • Exercise: Low

Persian personality

Persian cats are fairly large with beautiful faces and luxurious coats and the added bonus of a sweet and quiet nature. The dignified Persian will love nothing more than curling up on your lap and being adored. But be warned - this affection is only directed towards family members.

A Persian will prefer a quiet home with their every need attended to; this cat will want lots of love but will return it tenfold.

A Persian will prefer the warmth of a chair or lap and will be very unlikely to climb, making your curtains safe from this breed.

Queen Victoria was known to love the striking Persian and owned two of them.

Persian cat

Common health problems and illness


A common condition in all breeds, you may notice early signs such as your cat struggling to urinate or urinating more often. This is caused by an inflammation of the bladder. Make sure that your cat is drinking lots of water and seek veterinary advice if you're worried.

Eye conditions

Persians can suffer from eye conditions due to the fact they have flat faces. If the cornea gets scratched, it can develop into a cornea ulcer. Treatment is available so it's best to seek your vet's advice.

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