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Persian Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
The area where the animal first came from
Middle East
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
60cm (2ft)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
4.5kg (10lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
19 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Fawn, Brown, Golden
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Intelligent, loving and affectionate

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Persian Location

Map of Persian Locations
Map of Asia


The Persian cat is one of the most common exotic cat breeds for people to keep as pets. The Persian cat is thought to originate from the Persian area of the Middle East, which is today's Iran. Most Persian cat breeding is in the United States.

The Persian cat makes a fantastic household pet as they are quiet and good-natured. One disadvantage of owning a Persian cat is they do need looking after, mainly as the Persian cat has long hair, this needs to be brushed regularly to stop it getting matted together.

The Persian cat is a medium-sized stockily built cat with a rounded body and short limbs. The Persian cat often has a fairly wide face with large eyes and a muzzle of longer fur around its nose and mouth.

Due to its long silky fur, general appearance and calm temperament, the Persian cat is one of the most popular breeds of domestic cat in the world. Today, the Persian cat is among the most common domestic cat breeds in the United States.

The Persian cat is an intelligent animal and enjoys human interaction and companionship. Persian cats are also one of the most long-living of all domestic cat breeds and are often said to be a seen as a family member by their owners.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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