Most of these striking, flame-colored
cats have SOME tabby markings, particularly on the face, legs and
tail. There are some fine examples of red (not tabby) persians
in the CFA. They are one of the hardest types to breed for exhibition.
The long coat makes the markings
Oranges, as Red Persians were originally
known, were being shown in Britain as early as 1895.
In the early 1930's a German breeder
produced some excellent examples of the breed, but unfortunately,
his stock was destroyed in WW II.
The breed remained rare in Britain
during the 1940's but a revival of interest and selective breeding
have ensured the Red Persian's continued presence on the show bench.
Polite and friendly, the Red Persian
makes a highly decorative and pleasant companion.
CLASSIC TABBY PATTERN:
markings dense, clearly defined, and broad. Legs evenly barred with
bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed.
Several unbroken necklaces on neck and upper chest, the more the
better. Frown marks on forehead form an intricate letter "M."
Unbroken line runs back from outer corner of eye. Swirls on cheeks.
Vertical lines over back of head extend to shoulder markings which
are in the shape of a butterfly with both upper and lower wings
distinctly outlined and marked with dots inside outline. Back markings
consist of a vertical line down the spine from butterfly to tail
with a vertical stripe paralleling it on each side, the three stripes
well separated by stripes of the ground color. Large solid blotch
on each side to be encircled by one or more unbroken rings. Side
markings should be the same on both sides. Double vertical rows
of buttons on chest and stomach.
MACKEREL TABBY PATTERN: markings
dense, clearly defined, and all narrow pencillings. Legs evenly
barred with narrow bracelets coming up to meet the body markings.
Tail barred. Necklaces on neck and chest distinct, like so many
chains. Head barred with an "M" on the forehead. Unbroken
lines running back from the eyes. Lines running down the head to
meet the shoulders. Spine lines run together to form a narrow saddle.
Narrow pencillings run around body
RED TABBY (classic, mackerel):
ground color red. Markings deep, rich red. Lips and chin the same
shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather and paw pads: brick
red. Eye color: brilliant copper.