ID : N-970 Date : 2018/01/04 - 09:20
(Persia Digest) - One of the pure-bred Iranian pets is the Persian cat. Although it is world famous and has a long history in Iran, its breeding in Iran does not have a long precedence.
Keeping the pure-bred Persian cat as a pet has many enthusiasts in the world, and this can become a high revenue business of breeding and exports.
Samira Savabi is one of the breeders of pure-bred Persian cats and ILNA News Agency has talked to her regarding the keeping and method of breeding of this animal.
Samira who has begun this work with two cats since March 2007 says: “The Persian cat belongs to Iran, however, because there are too few types of this cat in Iran, we initially brought them from Armenia and gradually developed our work.”
She says: “The Persian cat should be kept in an environment similar to that of a home and it must be brushed, groomed, and its eyes cleaned on a daily basis.”
About the work of breeding cats in Iran she says: “This work is infinitely new in Iran, especially because the Persian cat has not yet been well recognized in our own country; nevertheless, despite the fact there has been no efforts made to officially register this animal in Iran, it has such a strong precedence that even outside of Iran they have not been able to remove the name of Iran from this race of cats while they have changed the name of the race of some of our dogs and horses.”
She says: “In 1620, an Italian merchant named Pietro Della Valle saw this type of cat in Khorasan and took it with him to his country. This has been recorded in a letter that has survived from that time, and some people have also referred to this type of cat as Iranian cat.”
Samira says: “There are differences between the Persian cats currently being bred and the Persian cats seen in Khorasan in 1620; the most important of these is their pure-breeding. The Italian merchant in his letter refers to cats that had a gray color, very long hair and beautiful tail; however, as the climate of Iran became warmer, the Persian cats also changed in their appearance. Also, outside of Iran, by selective mating, this cat took on a new appearance in a way that today the hands and legs of this type of cat have become shorter, they have a round face and short muzzle, its hair has become longer with the hair volume larger, its teeth shorter and it has a wider head.”
She notes that: “The Persian cat we talk about today, not only does not exist in the streets of Iran, but in fact does not even have the capacity to live on the streets. To the contrary, it is completely domesticated and is completely dependent on human beings and needs care.”
Regarding the exports of cats, Samira says: “We are not yet registered globally, and since the breeding and cultivation of this type of cat is very new, we have not yet become conformant to global standards. As a result, as long as we are not conforming to global markets, we cannot find target markets in foreign countries to sell these cats.”
Still, she is hopeful that: “With efforts under way, very soon by having a local organization and standardization of breeding of Persian cats, the idea of exports in this regard can be realized; as right now, a major part of the work for global registration has moved forward and talks have been carried out with several foreign associations to come to Iran and visit these cats from close by and set forth the standards needed so that we can compete on the global markets.”