The Persian cat is a long-haired breed with a round face and short muzzle. Some believe the Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair are variants of the Persian cat, while others treat them as separate breeds. The first documented ancestors of the Persian cat were imported into Europe from Iran in the 1620s. Selective breeding has allowed the development of a variety of fur colors and has also caused the emergence of an increasingly flat, squashed looking face.
Persian cats are reportedly peaceful cats who rely on their owners for companionship and protection.