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61 Types of Persian Cat Colors (With Pictures)

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Persian cats are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world, and they have been for a very long time. Known for their luxurious long coats and sweet personalities, Persian cats have gone through many changes over the years. For instance, that trademark flat face is a more recent addition that wasn’t part of the breed when it was first originating. Today, the Persian breed is diverse, and there are seven different divisions of Persian cats that are recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, adding up to more than 60 different colors that you can get a Persian cat in.

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Solid Division

Persian cats of the solid classification sport only a single coat color that’s uniform all over. White solid-colored Persians can have three different eye colors: copper, blue, or one of each. Other solid-colored Persians all have copper eyes. Some colors, such as blue, white, and black, are rather commonplace among the breed, while chocolate and lilac are much rarer, having been produced by mixing with Himalayan Persians.

  1. White
  2. Black
  3. Blue
  4. Chocolate
  5. Cream
  6. Lilac
  7. Red
white persian cat walking on grass
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Silver and Gold Division

Silver and gold Persians are some of the most exquisite specimens in the breed. They come in chinchilla and shaded varieties. Shaded Persians appear to have even black shading over their darker parts. Chinchilla Persians are a brilliant white with black tipping. The eyes of silver or golden Persians are green or blue-green with black rims.

  1. Shaded Golden
  2. Shaded Silver
  3. Chinchilla Golden
  4. Chinchilla Silver
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Chinchilla cat (Image Credit: allen watkin, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)

Smoke and Shaded Division

Smoke Persians are a sight to behold. When the cat is still, it appears to have a solid-colored coat. However, once the cat starts to move, the coat opens up, showing the stark contrast of a bright white undercoat. Cameo, shell, and shaded Persians display coats that have multi-colored hairs with tips that are a separate color from the contrasting undercoat.

  1. Black Smoke
  2. Blue Smoke
  3. Blue-Cream Smoke
  4. Cream Smoke
  5. Cameo Smoke (Red)
  6. Cream Shell Cameo
  7. Cream Shaded Cameo
  8. Shaded Cameo
  9. Shell Cameo
Black Smoke Persian Cat
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Tabby Division

There are three patterns recognized in the tabby division, which are patched, classic, and mackerel. Classic tabbies have bull’s eye markings on their sides. Mackerel Persians have narrow pencil-like stripes that run around their bodies. Patched tabbies are mackerel or classic tabbies with the addition of red patches. Patched tabbies do not come in red, cream, or cameo. Silver tabbies can have green, hazel, or copper eyes, but all other tabby Persians have copper eyes.

  1. Blue
  2. Blue-Silver
  3. Brown
  4. Cameo
  5. Cameo-Cream
  6. Cream
  7. Red
  8. Silver
ginger doll face persian cat
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Particolor Division

Tortoiseshells are black with large red patches. The cream varieties have muted coloring that makes them appear soft, while the tortoiseshell variations are vibrant and eye-catching. All particolor Persians exhibit copper eyes.

  1. Blue-Cream
  2. Chocolate Tortoiseshell
  3. Lilac-Cream
  4. Tortoiseshell


Bicolor Division

There are just two patterns in the Bicolor division, though they can display a range of colors. Van Persians have white coats with up to two spots of color limited to the head, limbs, and tail. Classic Persians are bi-colored. They usually have color on the top while their bellies and legs are white. Calico Persians have patches of black and red strewn over a white base coat.

  1. Black and White
  2. Blue and White
  3. Red and White
  4. Cream and White
  5. Chocolate and White
  6. Lilac and White
  7. Calico
  8. Chocolate Calico
  9. Lilac Calico
  10. Dilute Calico
Blue and White Persian Cat
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Himalayan Division

Himalayan Persians were created by crossing Siamese cats with Persians to bestow the Siamese color pattern on Persian cats. Eventually, they were accepted as a Persian variation, rather than a cross or a separate breed. The Himalayan division is one of the largest and most diverse, but all members must exhibit bright blue eyes. All Himalayan Persians display base coats that range from white to fawn with coloring restricted to the points.

  1. Blue Point
  2. Blue-Cream Point
  3. Chocolate Point
  4. Chocolate-Tortie Point
  5. Cream Point
  6. Flame Point (Red)
  7. Lilac Point
  8. Lilac-Cream Point
  9. Seal Point
  10. Tortie Point
  11. Seal Lynx
  12. Blue Lynx
  13. Cream Lynx
  14. Tortie Lynx
  15. Red Lynx
  16. Blue-Cream Lynx
  17. Lilac Lynx
  18. Chocolate-Tortie Lynx
  19. Lilac-Cream Lynx
Seal Point Himalayan Persian Cat
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Conclusion

Though all of these cats are considered Persians, they span a wide range of appearances, making the Persian breed one of the most diverse in the domestic feline world. Whatever your preference, you can almost certainly find it among the varied selection of colors and patterns that come on Persian cats.


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