We take health very seriously. The health of our kings and queens is of paramount importance because it impacts the health of their offspring. Our goal is to produce happy, healthy Persians that are well-mannered and long-lived.
Many breeds of cats and dogs are brachiocephalic. Persians are one of these breeds. Brachiocephalic individuals often suffer from breathing difficulties and other health risks not present in non-brachiocephalic individuals.
“The modern brachycephalic Persian has a large rounded skull and shortened face and nose. This facial conformation makes the breed prone to breathing difficulties, skin and eye problems and birthing difficulties. Anatomical abnormalities associated with brachycephalic breeds can cause shortness of breath. Malformed tear ducts causes epiphora, an overflow of tears onto the face, which is common but primarily cosmetic. It can be caused by other more serious conditions though. Entropion, the inward folding of the eyelids, causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea, and can lead to tearing, pain, infection and cornea damage. Similarly, in upper eyelid trichiasis or nasal fold trichiasis, eyelashes/hair from the eyelid and hair from the nose fold near the eye grow in a way which rubs against the cornea. Dystocia, an abnormal or difficult labor, is relatively common in Persians. Consequently, stillbirth rate is higher than normal, ranging from 16.1% to 22.1%, and one 1973 study puts kitten mortality rate (including stillborns) at 29.2%. A veterinary study in 2010 documented the serious health problems caused by the brachycephalic head.”
There are Persians that do not suffer from this malady. They are typically referred to as ‘Doll-face Persians’. Our goal at Ethereal Persians is to promote the breeds health in an ethical and sustainable way.