The Black Persian is a very old variety; it is one of the nature’s original breeds. It is still quite rare, however, probably because a perfect black is very difficult to obtain.
As with other black cats, the Persian is seen in some in some countries as a ‘lucky’ cat, notably in the United Kingdom; but in others, it is considered ‘unlucky’ instead. As with other longhaired cats, Blacks were known in Europe at the end of the sixteenth century, but no one knows exactly where they came from, as there are no reliable early records. It can be said with certainty, however, that they first appeared on the British show bench in 1871. The early black cats were more like Angoras than Persians, with long noses and big ears, but these features have now been bred out, and the current champion will have the typical snub nose, round head, and tiny ears.
Black Persian Grooming
Daily grooming with brush and comb is essential. Bathing before a show may not be necessary expect to make the coat more fluffy, but the addition of bay rum to the coat will enhance the shine. Do not use powder, as it will be impossible to brush it all out, and it will deaden the color. Dampness and strong sunlight will produce a rusty tinge on the coat, so a show cat should be kept away from these two conditions whenever possible.
Black Persian Breeding
Mating two Black Persians will produce black kitten, but to improve type it is also necessary to outcross to some of the other colors, notably Blue or White. In this case, only the females from such crosses are used for further breeding. Black males from Black-to-Black matings are used to produce Tortoiseshells. Tortoiseshells-and-White (Calicos), Whites, Smokes, Creams, and Bi-colors.
Black Persian Kittens
All kittens are born with blue eyes, which gradually change to copper. The kittens are born black but they often have rusty coats or some white hairs until the full adult jet black coat appears. In fact, the worst kitten coats at six months old often become the densest black adults at 12 to 18 months.
The coat must be a solid even black all over, and each hair must be black from its tip down to its root. A real jet black is required, with no tinge of rustiness, no white hairs, and no tabby markings. Nose leather and paw pads black adults at 12 to 18 months.