Today’s Persian cat is well known for its even placid temperament as well as its outstanding beauty. Highly adaptive to their environment, they tend to ‘fit in’ with most living environments. Their short stout stature usually means they do not much care for jumping or climbing (so your new curtains should be safe).
This breed is probably one of the calmest and most tranquil of all domestic breeds of cat. They are docile, loving and affectionate without being demanding. They are not as demanding as some other oriental breeds and will not insist upon your undivided attention at all times.
Sometimes this breed can be quite ‘chatty’ with trusted owners, but generally they are not a typically very talkative breed of cat. They do tend to be quite quiet and are often generally accepting of other animals within the family group.
If you are considering adopting a Persian, be completely aware beforehand that a large amount of grooming will be required on a regular basis. Also something to consider is that most Persians are indoor pets who are a fairly high maintenance cat to care for. Owners do not seem to mind this at all and feel mostly that it is a small price to pay for having such a magnificent creature as their companion.
You may have read that this breed can suffer from respiratory problems. It is true that with some types, the nose being so ‘squashed in’ can cause breathing difficulties and excessive ‘tearing’ from the eyes.
If this is a concern for you then it may be wise to consider a ‘doll face cat’ of the Persian breed, which has a lower nose, decreasing the likelihood of tearing and minimizing the risk of breathing difficulties, thus prolonging their lifespan.