The Persian cat, when bred with other cat breeds, can produce beautiful kittens. Some of these Persian mixed cats are so well known they have become breeds of their own. For someone who is looking for a Persian but cannot afford the price, a crossbreed may be the answer. Most mixes are cheaper than their purebred peers.
What is a Persian Mixed Breed?
The Persian mix is a cat with one Persian parent and the other parent from another cat breed. Some Persian crosses are so well-liked that they have gained their own place as a cat breed. Himalayans and Exotic Shorthairs are examples of these. In addition, there are other crosses, such as the Persian Maine Coon mix.
Their Own Breed
Here is a list of cat breeds that are Persian crossbreeds now known by their own breed’s name.
Asian Semi Longhair
British Longhair – Results from a mix of Persian and British shorthair.
Burmilla – A Persian Burmese mix.
Exotic Shorthair or British Shorthair – A mix of Persian and itself. The Persian brings long hair into the mix, but there are kittens born with short and long hair, and they are the longhaired and shorthaired versions of the same cat.
Himalayan – A longhaired Persian and Siamese mix.
Minuet or Napoleon – A Persian mixed with a Munchkin cat.
Persian Mix Only
The cats below are known to be crossed with the Persian cat but do not have their own breed’s name.
Basic Cat Genetics
- Male kittens get their coloring from their mothers. So, if the mom is multi-colored, the male kitten will be one of those colors. Males can also inherit dilute colors from their moms.
- Female kittens get their coloring from both their mom and their dad. Female kittens can be a combination of their parents’ coloring and inherit light colors.
- A red or cream female kitten inherits her coloring from mom and dad.
- Kittens inherit their coloring from their parents only.
- Kittens also inherit markings from either mom or dad. However, the colorpoint gene will carry on for generations.
- Kittens with dominant colorings, such as black, red, tortie, etc., will inherit from a dominant-colored parent.
- Two dilute-colored parents will have pale-colored kittens. They cannot have dominant-colored kittens.
- Colorpoint parents will have colorpoint kittens. Both parents must have the colorpoint gene to make a colorpoint kitten. However, the colorpoint does not have to be visible.
- A non-silver tabby must have one tabby or shaded parent. Still, a silver tabby must have one silver tabby, shaded or smoke parent.
- All red tabbies have some tabby markings, but they must be true tabbies to have tabby kittens. Red tabbies cannot have tabby kittens of another color unless they are mated to a true tabby (brown, silver).
- Cats with white undercoats must have a parent with the white undercoat.
- Shaded cats have one shaded parent. Shaded cats can have smoke kittens, but non-shaded or non-smoke cats cannot have shaded kittens unless they are mated to a shaded parent.
- Bicolor kittens must have on bi-color parent.
- Multi-colored cats, blue-cream and white, tortoiseshell, calico, etc., are mostly female. However, males are born occasionally and are not always sterile.
- White cats must have white parents. These cats can be born pure white or with visible coloring. The masked color in a white cat is inherited from their white parent. Some white kittens are born with a patch of color on their heads. This color may be passed onto their kittens. However, the colored patch may disappear as the kittens mature.
- Two longhaired cats can only produce longhaired kittens. Two shorthaired cats can only have shorthaired kittens. If a longhaired cat and a shorthaired cat mate, the kittens can be both longhaired and shorthaired.
- Two classic tabbies cannot have mackerel or spotted or ticked tabby kittens. Ticked tabbies must have a ticked tabby parent. Likewise, mackerel or spotted tabbies must have a mackerel, spotted, or ticked parent.
- Parents must carry the chocolate or the lilac color gene to get a chocolate or lilac kitten.
- Persian mix kittens’ eye color is inherited from their mother and father. All kittens are born with blue eyes. As they age, the cells that produce color respond to the light, making them change to their final color.
- Persian mix kittens inherit their father’s personality as it imprints on them before they are born. However, the mother cat has influence over their personality once the kittens are born.
Colors and Patterns
Persian cats are known for their many colors and patterns. Persian mixed cats can have as many, if not more, colors and patterns as the Persian. Below is a list and some descriptions of the colors and patterns you can see in a Persian or Persian mix.
Most Common Color Varieties
Patterns Or Markings
Bi-color – Bicolor cats are white with one other color. They can come in several different patterns.
- Cap and Saddle – These cats have colored patches on their heads with a saddle-like patch on their back.
- Harlequin – With spots all over and a colored tail.
- Magpie – They have spots all over their bodies.
- Tuxedo – Exactly as it sounds. These cats look like they are wearing tuxedo jackets with white shirts.
- Van – These cats have color splashes between their ears with colored tails.
Calico – Like the tortoiseshell, they are red and black or blue and cream, but these cats have white patches to go with their colors.
Colorpoint – These cats have coloring on their faces, paws, and tails. Colorpoint kittens are born without their markings, but they show up as the kitten’s age.
Solid – These cats are one solid color only. Think of your black Halloween cat.
Tabby – The tabby cat gets their patterns from their wild-striped ancestors.
- Striped or Mackerel – Vertical striped running from backbone to belly with a strip down their backs.
- Classic or Blotched – These cats have a swirl pattern reminiscent of a cinnamon roll
- Spotted – There are spots all over their bodies.
- Ticked – They have striped legs and tails with mottled bodies from agouti hair. Each hair is more than one color.
Tortoiseshell – These cats have red and black or blue and cream coats. They can be brindle or have distinct patches of color. There is no white.
Mixed Persian cats have some beautiful kittens. We gave you some information about cat genetics to help you identify any Persian mixes you look at. We hope that information might help you when you pick out a Persian mix cat for you and your family.
We here at Persian Cat Corner would love to hear from you. Are you owned by a Persian mix? We want to hear all about them.