The Persian Cat

The most popular and famous species is undoubtedly the Persian cat. It is grown in almost all colors and patterns. The Persian cat is known to have been imported into Europe in 1500. It was imported by Italian scientist Pietro della Valle to Italy from Persia. Almost a century later, Frenchman Nicolas de Pereisc imported new specimens from Turkey. In the first half of the 19th century, some specimens bred in Italy were secretly exported to France and England, where the ancestors of today’s Persian cats were obtained from the intersection of Turkish Angora and Persian cats. Growers paid particular attention to the quality of the fur as well as the variety of colors and patterns.

Crossbreeding with the Turkish Angora cat has improved the quality of fur in the Persian cat. Throughout the years, up to the present day, breeders have been changing the look of that type of cat. If we looked at a Persian cat in the 1970s and today, we would see a huge difference in the shape of the head, nose and body structure.

Breeding a Persian cat with exhibit quality is not an easy task today, and requires considerable effort and knowledge from the breeder. Persian cats have been used in the improvement of some other types of cats over the years because of their distinctive qualities – the structure of their body structure and the quality of their fur and the variety of colors.

The Persian cat is very intelligent, affectionate, mild-mannered and often times closed-minded and uninterested, but this is because she carefully studies her surroundings and only then indulges in pampering and socializing. She likes to cuddle and play. It goes well with other types of cats and dogs.

Because of her long and beautiful fur, the cat needs to be given a lot of care and attention. It should be combed daily so that the hair does not become tangled. It is recommended to bathe the cat once every three months with cat shampoo. Persian cats often have tears in their eyes and should be regularly cleaned and hygienic so that no ugly marks remain on the fur of their faces.

Excerpt from the standard

Body – Medium to large, tight, with low strong legs, broad muscular chest and shoulders with straight back, short and strong neck.
Head – round, massive, well-proportioned with a broad skull with a rounded forehead, full cheeks, open expression.
Nose – short, wide with clear foot, wide open nostrils. The stop is a bend at the crossing of the nose into the forehead, it must be placed between the eyes, it must not be above the upper edge of the eyelid and below the lower edge of the eyelid.
Chin – wide and strong, strong tooth.
Ears – small, rounded spokes, with rich tufts, spaced and low on the skull.
Eyes – large, round, open, well spaced, shiny and expressive.
Legs – short, thick, muscular, strong and round paws, tufts between fingers are preferred.
Tail – short in proportion to the length of the body, sinuous at the end slightly curved.
Coat – long with thick undercoat, fine silk structure, with a rich collar around the neck.
Color – we find it in all possible colors, pattern combinations and combinations with white. These include, for example, white, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, all kinds of turtle, smoked, silver and gold. Of the samples we have marble,
brindle and dotted. Of the combinations with white we have Van, Harlequin and bicolor.
Outside is a white cat with two colored pieces of fur on its head and a colored part of the back and tail. It is tolerated by which colored point on the paws and body. Harlequin may have 1 to 1 colored body. Bicolor may have from 1 to 3 colored parts of fur.
We also find cats with masks so called. “pointed” – they have a mask, ears, paws and a tail darker in color than their body.


What is exoticism?

These are common questions that come from cat lovers. I will try to answer that question. Exoticism is nothing but a short-haired Persian. They come in all colors just like Persian cats. It is a newer breed, created in 1960 by crossing the Persian and American short-haired cat, with the intention of improving the type of American short-haired cat. From this combination a cat with a round head and silky fur was born. The most striking were the cats from those crosses where the silver color appeared. So the gene was taken from a Persian cat. The cats were just gorgeous.

Subsequently, intensive work began on breeding a now new breed, and from 1966 to 1968 Mrs. Jane Martinke of the CFA set the program and standard for the short-haired Persian cat. In 1968 the breed was recognized in the CFA as “exotic shorthair” or “exotic shorthair”. short-haired exotic cat. Burmese cats were used in these crosses, but they did not bring happy combinations.

In 1979, the exotic was imported to Europe by Norbert and Elka Deutschman. In the beginning, respectively. In 1983 and 1984, these cats were judged in the category of short haired cats. FIFe Exotics was first awarded CAC status in 1984, and has since started growing exotic cultivation in Europe. In 1991, she was recognized by FIFe in the long haired ma category

FIFe Feline Federation Of Greece

Santorini Cat. Background: view on Firostefani. Santorini island (Thira), Greece.

When I visited Greece in 1991, I was saddened by the situation with pets at the time. Rarely could a racial dog be seen on the street, not to mention cats. Cats were useful and desirable only in homes where there were mice, both in the yard and on fields for the same purpose. With the incorporation of the Greek community into the European community and the greater influx of foreigners, dogology and later felinology began to develop slowly, with a center, of course, in Athens.

A small number of enthusiasts founded the Feline Federation of Greece in 1995, having been a member of FIFe under the patronage since 1996, to become an equal member of FIFe in 1999. There are currently about 200 members involved.

So far, 2 International and 6 National Cat Shows have been held in Athens. The cat stock is mostly long-haired (80%), medium-haired cats (7%), short-haired (12%) and Siamese / Oriental (1%). About 150 cats appear on the exhibitions on average, of which the number of domestic and Novice classes is higher. There are 7 kennels reported, 4 with Persian cats, 1 with Maine Coon cats, 1 with Somali and 1 with Russian Blue, Siamese and Oriental cats.

Greek breeders and exhibitors are interested in importing new breeds and new cats from abroad, but because of the isolation and distance, they do not travel to European exhibitions and have no contact with other breeders.

It might be interesting for some top Croatian breeders to visit one of the Greek exhibitions (especially with the Carthusians who do not yet exist in Greece!), And make contacts. Croatian citizens do not need an entry visa to Greece, the cages are small (15 Euro for two cats, 30 Euro for four, etc.), and the price of decent hotels is around 30 Euro. International exhibitions are mostly held in one of the halls of the Holliday-in Hotel, so this is a true paradise for exhibitors and cats, since the cages are 80x80x80 in size, with a disposable container and sand for the cat toilet already prepared.

In the last three years, more intensive imports of cats have started, mainly brought by foreigners living in Greece, Greek students studying abroad, representatives of companies and the like.

The next exhibition is planned in April, on the island of Salamina, an hour away from Athens, and you can get detailed information directly from the Greek Felinology Federation in English or Italian: “