A Bi-Colour Persian differers from a Tortoiseshell Persian or a Calico (Tortoiseshell and White) in the way the patching appears on the coat. In a Tortoiseshell, the coat is dappled and intermingled with no patches of white or cream. However in the Bi-Colour Persian the most attractive feature is the very distinct separation in the line between coloured patching on the coat.
When Pedigree breeding first became a popular pastime, it was seen as very very undesirable to have a patched pedigree cat. In fact, in England around the early 1900’s there was some distinct effort actually made to cull the “undesirable” cats and maintain what they believed to be pedigree. However, with bi-colouring becoming increasingly common in the feline population, it was eventually accepted as a pure pedigree and allowed to compete in show’s in a class of its own in 1971 (In the US).
So if you are considering showing your Bi-Colour Persian at a show what should you look for? The most desirable bi-colour persian cat would have a balanced and even patched coat, with a neat appearance and clearly defined inverted V running over the nose and down the face. For more information on Bi-Colour and Calico Persians, check out this great article by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Breed Information Panel
Coat – Thick, dense and silky with a full frill at the neck and shoulders.
Eyes – Copper or deep orange.
Grooming – Demanding, thorough and daily is advised.
Temperament – Placid.
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