The Persian Cat : One of Iran’s Greatest Exports

President Teddy Roosevelt’s Persian cat.

I’ve been contemplating getting a Persian Cat. I used to own a cat back in the day. Jojo, a black cat who was of American Bombay breed. Persian cats have been known to be a favorite among celebrities. Including Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria of England, Kate Beckinsale, Meryl Streep and Kim Kardashian. Their exact origin is unclear. Their earliest traceable history goes back to the early 1600’s. In 1620 Pietro Del Valle exported them to Italy from Iran.

Here are some facts on Persian Cats :

  • Long-haired breed cat
  • Characterized by short muzzle and round face 
  • Known as the Persian Longhair
  • Flat-faced breeds are known to have health problems – such as  polycystic cystic disease
  • No known specimens of the African Wildcat
  • Imported to Italy by Pietro Del Valle from Khorasan. 
  • Persian cats are medium-sized, usually weigh between seven and 12 pounds, and measure from 10-15 inches tall
  • They have a rounded head, small, rounded ears, and big eyes
  • The traditional Persian is also known as the Doll Face.

The Persian cat was showcased in the world’s first organized cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace. The Persian kitten won “Best in Show.” Today, the Persian is one of the most popular cats in the United States. A recent oil painting of cats from the 1800’s sold for $820,000 at Sotheby’s. The Persian cat is also the Fancy Feast cat, and have been featured all over social media and pop culture. Dr. Evil, in the Austin Powers films always stroked his Persian cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. The 2001 movie Cats & Dogs features a Persian named Kitty Galore. Also, a species of Pokémon is named after the Persian cat.