This cat first appeared at shows in Great Britain in the 1870s, the result of crossbreeding of Black, Blue, and Chinchilla Persians. Although the coat appears to be of one solid color, the effect is actually achieved by very long and very dark tipping. The pale undercoat is revealed only as the cat moves.
There are three varieties: Black Smoke Persian, Blue Smoke Persian, and Smoke Tortoiseshell Persian (which is red, cream, and black). Each variety has orange eyes.
The fur is silky, thick, and dense, with a full frill that is white. The cobby-type body is stocky and broad, with short, thick legs and large, round paws. The short, bushy tail ends in a plume. The head is round and broad, the cheeks are full and the nose is short. The eyes are round and large. The ears are rounded, small, and tufted.
This cat is a good mouser but enjoys its home life as well. It demonstrates its affection for family and friends and expects affection in return. Generally even-tempered, the Smoke Persian accepts other cats into the household.
As with all Persians, the fur must be brushed daily with a soft-bristle brush to prevent the matting of the fur. Meat is a favored diet item, balanced with cooked rice and vegetables. Multivitamin supplements are recommended, particularly during pregnancy and for kittens and growing cats.
The Smoke Persian is a magnificent breed, and still relatively rare. The Black Smoke Persian displays the characteristic silvery ruff around the neck, contrasting with the black head and striking orange eyes. The smoke’s coat is long, dense, and silky, with a very long frill, and requires even more frequent grooming than that of some other Longhairs.
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