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How to Identify a Persian Cat?

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Are you considering adopting a Persian cat? Before you do, make sure you know exactly how to identify a Persian cat.

Unfortunately, not all breeders are legitimate. And sometimes, they try to pass other breeds off as Persian cats. Certain breeds, like Domestic Longhairs, do look similar to Persian cats. But if you plan to adopt a Persian cat, make sure you actually adopt one.

In this post, we are going to look at a few ways to identify Persian cats. We hope this will help you feel prepared to accurately recognize this breed.

Identify with Characteristics

One way to identify Persian cats is by studying their characteristics.

Specifically, pay attention to their:

  • Face
  • Coat
  • Tail
  • Body Shape


When identifying a Persian cat, pay attention to their face. Most Persian cats have a rounded, flat face. Their noses are small and usually look “pushed-in.” They also have small, rounded ears.

Their eyes can also be an identifier. Typically, Persian cats either have blue or amber eyes.


Persian cats have distinctive coats. But, their thick coats can make them resemble Domestic Longhairs. So, make sure you understand what to look for in a Persian cat coat.

Persian cats have long, silky coats. Their coats can tangle and mat easily, which is why this breed needs to be brushed daily.

Also, don’t let their coat color trick you. Many people think all Persian cats are white. In fact, Persian cats can come in a variety of colors. In addition to white, their coats can be brown, silver, blue-grey, red, and brown.

Persian cats also exhibit seven different varieties of coat patterns. These include:

  • Solid
  • Smoke and Shaded
  • Silver and Gold
  • Calico
  • Tabby
  • Parti-colored
  • Himalayan

So, Persian cats don’t have to be solid white. There are a few different varieties of color and patterns you might see in this breed.


You can also use a cat’s tail to help identify it. Persian cats typically have a short and straight tail. These cats usually keep their tail straight up.

Body Shape

Body shape can also help you identify Persian cats. This breed is often heavier than other cats. But, Persian cats are able to carry their weight without appearing too large. They have short and stocky bodies and necks.

Adult female Persian cats weigh somewhere between 8-12 lbs. Adult males can weigh over 12 lbs.

Identify with Behaviors

In addition to characteristics, you can use behaviors to identify Persian cats.

Persian cats are known for being an affectionate breed. They are sweet and calm. They can be playful, but they also enjoy cuddling.

This is a gentle and reserved breed. They are rarely aggressive or hyperactive.

How to Tell if a Kitten is a Persian

Now we know what to look for when identifying Persian cats.

But how can you tell if a kitten is a Persian?

Kittens can be a lot more challenging to identify. You probably can’t use any of the identifiers we discussed above. When adopting a kitten, you won’t have the chance to study their behavior. Also, their characteristic Persian traits might not be fully developed.

So what can you do to identify a Persian kitten?

Most importantly, you should adopt from a reputable breeder.

This is the main way to ensure your kitten is a Persian.

Persian cats rarely make their way to adoption shelters. So, you will probably need to adopt from a breeder. Do your research before deciding on a breeder. Consider speaking with a vet. They might be able to recommend reputable breeders in your area.

When you are ready to adopt, ask if you can tour the breeder’s facility. Also, make sure the breeder provides health certificates for their kittens.

If you are still unsure, you can also observe the kitten’s behaviors. Persian kittens are gentle and slightly playful. But, they are not as hyperactive as other kittens.

You can also conduct a DNA test to determine your kitten’s pedigree. There are a few reputable companies that offer this test.

Final Thoughts

When identifying a Persian cat, you can sometimes rely on their characteristics and behaviors. Persian cats have distinctive features, like their silky coats and flat faces. They are also gentle and affectionate cats.

But identifying Persian kittens can be more challenging. In this case, make sure you adopt from a registered breeder. The only way to ensure you adopt a Persian kitten is to adopt from a reputable breeder you can trust.

Do you have any other tips for identifying Persian cats? Let us know below!

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