My Biggest Rant On Persian Breeding!

Posted on: March 26, 2012

Persians are said to be one of the oldest breeds of cats. They were originally smuggled from Persia (modern day Iran) along with crowns and jewels. They have a reputation of being owned by royalty over the years, and have been seen as pets in popular movies, from James Bond, to Stuart Little! The original Mr.Bigglesworth was a Persian! Persians have a beautiful thick long luxurious coat, and a unique face. They have a slightly wider skull, giving them big expressive eyes, chubby cheeks and a little button nose, you just want to kiss allover, but still maintaining a normal cat face! It wasn’t until the 1970’s when cat shows got a hold of them, breeding them giving them the extreme flat face!

The Ultra Peke Type, Used for Cat Shows

Just look at that poor kitty! The problem with this extreme type, is that they have been served with respiratory problems, and cannot properly produce tears, because his nose is so smashed in! Persians were not naturally designed to look like this, and it’s been proven! If this were true, the Aristocats, would have had that extreme flat face in the Disney Movie we all know and love! I believe this sort of breeding is very unethical, and is not true to the breed. A true Persian has a flattish face! That means he still has a larger head, bigger jowls, and those big expressive eyes, with that button nose, but his nose sticks out like a typical cat face, allowing proper drainage for tearing, and a proper nasal passage. That’s a true Persian!

The Traditional Doll Face!

So how do I feel about this extreme breed of Persian? I am a firm believer that this is not a natural look! No cat breed should ever be born with extreme health problems as a result, and I feel it should die out as soon as possible! The doll face picture above, is the true Persian breed. Did Queen Victoria’ Persian have a history of health problems? Was her face so smashed in that Queen Victoria had to clean out her eyes every so often? NO!


Here is proof that flat faced Persians didn't exist until the 20th century.

We need to keep the traditional Persian alive! That’s a true Persian beauty right there! In fact the traditional doll face still exists today! He was a stray, but as far as we can tell, he most certainly is 100%! He’s the reason why I believe we need to stop breeding Persians for looks, and preserve that beautiful unique doll face that Persians naturally were intended to have!

My Traditional Doll Face Persian!

He still maintains his Persian look and distinction, but he is free of respiratory and tear duct problems, like his extreme cousins.


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