The first documented ancestors of the Persian were imported from Khorasa, Iran, into Italy in 1620 and from Angora (now Ankara), Ottoman Empire (Turkey), into France at around the same time. The Khorasan cats were grey coated while those from Angora were white. From France, they soon reached Britain.
Recent genetic research indicates that present day Persians are related not to cats from the Near East but to cats from Western Europe. The researchers stated, "Even though the early Persian cat may have in fact originated from Persia (Iran), the modern Persian cat has lost its geographical signature."
15 years or more
Medium size cat weighing 3 to 5 kilo
If you prefer a placid, sweet tempered cat then a Persian is the perfect companion. Like most cats they love to play between periods of snoozing, are intelligent, not very inquisitive and not greatly active. Persians love their humans, they crave affection and love to be petted and fussed over, but won't harass you for attention the way some breeds will. They will let their feelings be known if they are not getting the required amount of attention.
The Persian breed standard encompasses the entire range of cat coat pattern variations.