To its devoted followers the white
persian combines all the virtue of its type: glamor, a noble expression,
fur that is silky to the touch, and a sweet tranquil nature.
Apart from a few minutes of daily grooming, your
lovely white persian may require a routine regimen of bathing (monthly
or so) to keep her from any staining. Kittens that get bathed early
on, are typically very easy to groom.
Although pure white cats of the Angora type were
the first longhaired cats to be introduced into Europe as long ago
as the 16th century, the modern white persian is of the Victorian
era. It was developed by crossbreeding Angoras with persians. The
breed was shown in London in 1903 and has increased in popularity
White persians are fastidious cats who take pride
in their appearance, regualarly cleaning themselves. They are calm
and affectionate and make a superb pet for those confined indoors
- a classic salon cat.
Variety is defined by eye color which can be
blue eyed, copper eyed or odd-eyed. Deafness is associated with
the gene for white fur, and can occur in blue eyed cats most frequently,
but can also be found in odd-eyed AND even in copper eyed cats.
Deafness in no way makes this beautiful creature
less of a companion, although precautions must be taken to never
allow it to roam outside.
breed standard describes the white persian as follows:
WHITE: pure glistening white.
Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: deep blue or brilliant
copper. Odd-eyed whites shall have one blue and one copper eye with
equal color depth.