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Origins and Selection

 

 

To understand persian cats, you need to look at its origins.
The wonderful individuals living nowadays and appearing at cats shows, are the result of a cross between cats from Persia and Angora cats ( see picture beside)

In 1620 Giovanni della Valle, a young Italian excursionist, during one of his
journeys along Persia was actracted by a cat with characteristics never seen
in the west world: smooth and shining coat, soft and extended around its neck, chest and legs.
Nicolas de Peiresc was aknoledged of this discover and made his steps to get a few individuals. They were Angora cats.

Ch. Tuukuulen Hestia of Alice Fontana

Selection for the persian breed started around 1870 by some English breeders
who selected in order to get a more round head and a more compact body
structure than its ancestors.

Since the end of the 19` century, time in which the first feline expositions
took place, in Great Britain was possible to see some black and white persian
individuals ( also called "pie") and the ones in self colour.

During the 30`s some american breeders, trying to distinguish themselves from
the English breeders, decided to create a type shorter and smaller working
also to diminuish the noze lenght till the extreme.
They gave him a new kind of expression so far.

English breeders reacted immediately against this new creation, and so the
most of the european breeders.
They considered the new expression too close and tied and they refused these
new tendences.

It tooks many years to bring in Europe individuals from U.S.A. and diffuse
them. Nowadays we can find extreme individuals all around in Europe of equal level than the ones coming from oversea.

That is why the actual hypertipic cats must have expressive open face with
big dared eyes indeed.
These are the characteristics which have been appreciated by the most of
breeders and fanciers as well.

 

 

 

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