Persian cats have extremely long thick coats, short legs, a wide head with the ears set far apart, large eyes, and an extremely foreshortened muzzle.
The Persian cat was originally established with a short muzzle. Over time
this feature has become extremely exaggerated, particularly in North America,
and Persian cats with the more extreme brachycelphalic head type are prone to a
number of health problems (specifically affecting their sinuses and breathing)
caused by it. Conscientious breeders eliminate this by careful choice of
breeding cats with more moderate head type, as the goal is first and always