Breed of the Month: Persian Cat

The Persian cat has been around for centuries and while we do not know its exact origins, the breed has been rumored to originate from historical Persia and Turkey. There have been hieroglyphic references to a longhaired cat in those regions but we know for sure that the Persian breed was in the earliest known cat shows in the 1800s in Britain.

This glamorous, big eyed breed is known for its relaxed and affectionate nature. There are 2 classifications when it comes to the Persian breed. The “Traditional” Persian is closest to looking like the original bred Persians.  The Traditional Persian has a pointed face with a longer nose. The “Show” Persian is the version with a flat face and nose. Whatever type you choose, the Persian is a sweet and gentle breed who is affectionate without being needy. The Persian cat is a wonderful breed for all ages.



Male: 7-15 lbs.

Female: 7-12 lbs.


Male: 10-15 in.

Female: 10-14 in.


  • Round head
  • Short face
  • Snub nose
  • Large eyes
  • Large, round heavy boned body
  • Short legs
  • Long silky, shiny coat or soft cotton like coat
  • Can come in virtually any colour or markings


  • Tendency to vocalize: Low
  • Affection level: High
  • Child friendly: Low
  • Dog friendly: Low
  • Energy level: Low
  • Grooming: High
  • Shedding level: High
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 10-13 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Respiratory infections/viruses
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
  • Retinal Atrophy/vision
  • Excessive tearing

Written by The West Hill Team



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Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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