PERSIANS ARE AN OLD CAT BREED
The Persian was first registered with the Cat Fanciers Association in 1871, but there have been records of this breed in Europe since the 1500s. These cats are believed to have originated in Persia (modern-day Iran), living in mountainous areas. A Persian cat's signature long-haired fur is a natural occurrence, while the more extreme features seen on some Persians (flat muzzle, tiny nose) are the result of selective breeding by humans.
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