Breeding for Disposition

Persians are known for their calm and friendly personalities. However, some kitties are more social and trusting than others. So, what makes a cat friendly?

Golden Persian Kitten Rolling on Back Being Playful

Prioritizing Purrsonable Parents

The process of creating friendly Persian kittens starts before birth. Selecting sweet tempered, trusting breeders ensures that the kittens inherit an innate demeanor similar to their parents. For this reason, we only keep kings and queens who are affectionate and confident.

Breeder Holding Up Blue Golden Persian Cat on Blue Background.

The Influence of Genetics

We find that our sweetest, most trusting persians have moderate to extreme brachycephalic features. Centuries of domestication and decades of specialization for the extreme type has caused cranial changes in the breed that permanently affect temperament. Some kittens are hardwired to be calmer, less reactive and more aloof.

Silver and Golden Newborn Persian Kittens Sleeping on Green Cushion

The Influence of Environment

While genetics plays a role in a cat’s friendliness, it is not the only factor. Early socialization, positive experiences with people, and a comfortable living environment all contribute to a cats personality. For this reason, we begin handling newborns at an early age and progressively expose kittens to loud noises, frequent grooming sessions, new pets and humans.

3 Funny and cute sequential photos of Jason munching on 2 weeks old persian kitten.

Building Tolerance

Our goal with every kitten is to build tolerance while celebrating the characteristics that make each one unique. Exposure therapy is a technique we use to increase our cats tolerance to common activities, objects and noises. To accustom our kittens to grooming and the noises associated, each kitten is bathed every 2 weeks, starting at 4 weeks of age. All are held frequently and in different positions to increase their tolerance. We do not expect every kitten to relax when being handled but we do expect them to be very tolerant. We cannot claim that every kitten we produce turns into a lap cat, but many get very close.

Creating Expectations

Every cat is unique, and their personality may not fit into any specific category. We share personality quirks of each kitten with their owner to help owners create appropriate expectations. All parents will continue to shape the personality of their kitten, as much as by what they do as by what they don’t do.

Life After Us

All of our pet parents want their ethereal kitten to remain friendly and social. To accomplish this, we recommend you continually expose your kitten to small yet frequent amounts of stress to increase their tolerance. Exposure to loud noises, objects and activities can be controlled and used as a form of therapy.  If your kitten is often bored and not stimulated, acquiring a friendly and permanent playmate for them helps boost confidence and reduce anxiety.  Keep in mind that a cat raised in a boisterous, lively home will be less reactive than a kitten raised in a calm and quite environment.

A silver and golden doll face persian kitten in front of orange and brown background.

Celebrating Unique Purrsonalities

In conclusion, feline friendliness is a complex combination of nature and nurture. While genetics may predisposes a cat to innate tendencies and ticks,  environment and experiences may be just if not more impactful to the sociability of cats. So if you’re thinking of adding a feline friend to your family, be sure to choose a breeder who prioritizes socialization and friendliness in their breeding program.

Persian Kitten in front of Halloween Pumpkins and Candy corns has paws in the air asking to be picked up.