Persians adapt well to an indoor environment and are generally quiet, calm and totally laid-back. Their sweet and gentle personalities blend well into most households. Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages.

Gaining their popularity from the James Bond Movies, Persian cats are the most registered breed with the Cat Fanciers' Association. Known for their quiet, pleasant personalities, Persians' make great house pets. Even their meow is pleasant. Persian cats are the perfect breed for elderly people or those that keep a relatively calm and subdued household. If you're looking for a Persian, be advised that they come in more than 50 colors

Persian tabby

Breed Classification: Longhair

Colors: Numerous. Black, white, orange, blue, cream, chocolate, tabby, tortoiseshell and bi-color (calico).

Average Litter Size: 4

Life Span: 15+ years

Personality: Persians are gentle and docile, playful but not demanding.

Grooming Requirements: Daily brushing and combing with an occasional bath.

Social skills: Very adaptable to other pets in the house once they feel secure and loved.

Suitability for Children: OK with gentle children.

Tortoiseshell Persian kitten

Energy Level: Persians prefer to sit and watch. Ideal lap cat.

Noisiness: Very soft meow.

Health Issues: Kidney disease. Blocked tear ducts make their eyes run. Also susceptible to entropion which causes the eyelid to roll inward. Usually requires surgery.

Shedding: Heavy, twice a year.

Cause Allergies: None