Blue Persian cats are beautiful with all that hair. But you may be surprised to learn what makes them different from other felines. This article reveals it all, from their origin story to their adorable quirks. For example, are they really lazy?
Keep reading to learn about the blue-coated feline and why cat lovers are drawn to the breed. Let’s purr in!
What Is a Blue Persian Cat?
A Blue Persian is a long-haired breed of cat with a “blue” coat. In the animal world, blue is the fancy way to say gray, as depending on the light a gray fur can look bluish. Persian cats are considered solid blue when their fur is a bluish shade of gray from the roots to the tips. Blue is among the most common colors of Persian cats. Black and white are also common. In contrast, the rarest Persians are chocolate and lilac variants.
It’s one of the most popular breeds of cats in the world and is known for its gentle and affectionate nature. Blue Persians are typically on the larger side with a broad chest and a sturdy body, weighing on average between eight and 12 pounds with heights between 10 and 15 inches. They have a round head with a large, flat forehead and a short, stubby nose. They also have big, round eyes, which can be gold, blue, or green.
Blue Persians are relatively low-maintenance. However, like many long-haired cat breeds, they require weekly brushing to keep their coat healthy and free of mats.
Where Did Blue Persian Cats Originate From?
Persian cats originated from Iran and Afghanistan and can be dated back to the 1600s. In the 19th century, they were brought to England and became a symbol of luxury from a far-off land. Then after World War II, Americans brought the cats to the U.S. and started breeding them. The Blue Persian coat is among the original variations of the breed.
The name Blue Persian comes from the Arabic word azure, which means blue. Azure represents the color of the mineral lapis lazuli, an ancient gem.
Persian cats with blue coats have a dominant gene that makes them bluish-gray or smoky in color. Blue was used as far back as the 19th century to describe the color. Their coat’s texture is soft and typically more porous and powdery looking than black coats.
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Why Are Blue Persian Cats So Special?
Blue Persian cats are special for many reasons, but their origin story is typically the stand-out. They’re one of the oldest and most popular breeds of cats. Seen as a symbol of luxury in the 19th century, part of their appeal is a sweet personality along with their beautiful coat. Some even call the cat breed lazy, as it often sleeps the day away. So, the calmness of the Blue Persian made it all the more appealing to those who wanted to show off their charmed pet from the land once known as Persia.
What Is the Personality of a Blue Persian Cat?
Blue Persian cats are known for their gentle and affectionate personalities. They’re typically very docile and enjoy being held and petted. Their mild tempers make them excellent companions.
Overall, they’re quiet cats, making them a good choice for people who live in apartments or close quarters. But Persians love to purr when they’re happy, and they’re also not afraid to meow and let you know when they’re unhappy.
If you’re looking for a playful cat, Persians might not be the best choice. They’re not the most intelligent of felines, so learning tricks isn’t a priority for them. Persians have a few quirks, and their preference is to nap all day long and cuddle on your lap whenever you allow them. They tend to be a social breed that prefers to be around humans and other animals.
Because Persians tend to more lazy than playful, it’s important to regulate their diet so they don’t get overweight. They prefer gluttony to over-exercising.
It’s also best for this breed to be an indoor-only cat. Due to their chill attitude, they may not thrive in an outdoor setting.
Are Blue Persian Cats Hypoallergenic?
Blue Persian cats aren’t hypoallergenic. Since all cats have dander, no breed is completely hypoallergenic. So any feline, including Persians, has the potential to cause an allergic reaction in some people.
The long, thick coat of Persians traps dander and they shed quite a bit. They also spend a good deal of time grooming themselves, so folks allergic to cat saliva should continue to avoid these self-care divas. Overall, the combination can exacerbate allergic reactions. If you’re allergic to cats, spend time around a Persian before bringing it home to determine if you have a reaction. In addition, your allergist may have recommendations or possible treatments.
What Is the Rarest Color Persian Cat?
Chocolate is the rarest among Persian cats. Chocolate Persians have a warm, brown coat that’s caused by a recessive gene and can be difficult to breed for. To get chocolate, the cat must inherit the gene from each parent.
The gene that controls the chocolate color in cats is called the B gene. There are two variants of the B gene: B (for black) and b (for chocolate). Cats with two copies of the B gene (B/B) will have a black coat color, while those with two copies of the b gene (b/b) will have a chocolate coat color. Felines with one copy of each gene (B/b) will have a black coat but will carry the recessive gene for chocolate and can potentially produce chocolate offspring if bred with another cat carrying the b gene.
Lilac, cinnamon, and fawn variants on Persians are also rare and caused by a recessive gene. Coat color genetics can be complex, and genetics can be influenced by environmental factors such as diet or exposure to toxins.
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What Color Persian Is the Most Expensive?
The price of a Persian cat can vary widely depending on the coat color, pattern, pedigree, and reputation of the breeder. While chocolate, a rare color, is likely to be expensive, the White Persian continues to be among the most expensive. The breed can sell anywhere from $500 to $5,000.
If you’re planning to purchase a Persian cat, be sure to do your research. Consider age, health, and other factors. And, most importantly, bring home the cat that’s right for you.
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Cuddle Up With a Blue Persian Cat Quirks and All
Blue Persian cats are cuddly and kind. While they’re a little quirky with their overall laziness and “king of the castle” mentality, it’s all the more reason to love the long-haired beauties. If you’re looking for a Blue Persian, check out our guide to the best places to find a cat.
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