Longhair Cats : Blue Persian

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The Blue Persian is often considered one of the greatest standards to which other Persians are compared when showing cats. It is thought that the bluish coloration, which is a diluted black with a lavender sheen, is closest to the original Persian breed brought back by European traders during the 1600’s. Its interesting to note that this particular coloration may well has arisen from cats on the island of Malta, which explains why this breed is also sometimes referred to as the Maltese Blue Persian.

During the 1800’s this particular breed of Persian became very popular with royalty in of the British Empire. Queen Victoria was known to have two Blue Persians in her collection, Princess Victoria (of Schlesqig-Holstein) was an enthusiastic breeder and collector, and King Edward VII was presented a number of medals for owning prize winning show cats (Interestingly he is also known to have had a number of Manx cats – quite the collector!). To have this breed of cat in your possession at the time, gave the distinction of the wealth and nobility because they were so expensive to obtain.

If you are thinking of showing your blue persian cat, you should first look very closely at their coat. A most desirable pedigree of Blue Persian will have a light blue coat, darker shades of blue are not considered desirable. Having an off-colour coat doesn’t make them a bad cat to have though! These cats are known to be very affectionate, enjoy human companionship and love to lie around the house – making them the perfect indoor companion.

Breed Information Panel

Coat – Think, dense and silky coats of a lighter colour are preferred.

Eyes – Copper or deep orange with blue-grey rims.

Other Features – Nose leather and blue-grey paw pads.

Grooming – Demanding, thorough and daily is advised.

Temperament – Placid, has a reputation for being a very affectionate breed.

Blue Persian Picture Gallery

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Images via wikia and palchinnopersians.

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