Monday, January 16, 2017

Who's Who? Silver Shaded Persians

Have you ever wondered how Mom Paula tells us apart?  Would you believe she's even confused us at times?  What are our similarities? What are our differences?
Truffle and Brulee demonstrate the silver tipping on their backs
Truffle (left) and Brulee (right) demonstrating the differences in their silver tipping on their backs

Many people look at us and say we're white Persians.  Even Grandma Faye will tell people that Mom Paula is owned by two beautiful white Persians.  Yes, at first glance, we do look like white cats, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're Silver Shaded Persians. What does this mean?

Silver Shaded Persians

The silver shaded Persian is easily confused with the Chinchilla Persian.  To the average human eye, we look the same.  The difference, according to the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), is that the Chinchilla Persian has tipping about 1/8 of the length of the fur, whereas, the shaded Persians have about 1/3 of the length of the fur tipped.  The silver shaded Persians have either green or blue-green eyes (both of us have a shade of green eyes). The eye rims, nose, and lips are outlined in black.  We have a white undercoat and the ends of our fur is tipped in black.  The silver shaded Persian is a little different from some of the more traditional Persians you see now because we have doll faces. A doll-face Persian has a normal length nose that is in proportion with the rest of the face and skull structure, but still has the distinctive look of a Persian.
Brulee (left) and Truffle (right) demonstrating the outlines of the eyes and noses.  You can't see their black lips in this photo.

There is a breed standard for the silver shaded Persians if someone wants to show them in a cat show. We're not show-quality cats, but pet-quality according to breed standards. However, we do have some of the required characteristics of the breed.  We do have the green or blue-green eyes: Brulee's eyes are more green, while Truffle's eyes have a slight blue-green shade.  It took almost two years for our eyes to reach their green shade.  Both of us have the black eyeliner surrounding our round eyes.  
Truffle, Beignet, and Brulee with their dark fur the day they were born

Did you know that silver shaded Persians were born with dark fur.  Mom Paula was warned not to be surprised when she received the first photos because the kittens wouldn't be light in color.  Our coats didn't begin to get lighter until we were about four weeks old.  It took almost two years for our full coats and final coloring to develop. Our undercoats are white and the fur on our back, flanks, head, and tail are tipped in black.  Truffle also has some tipping on her legs. The ear tufts, chin, chest, and stomach should be pure white. You'll notice in the photo above that we are a pure white spot between our noses and mouths. The nose should be brick red with black outline, which Brulee has. Truffle has a black nose (shaped like a heart), which isn't standard, but Mom Paula says that makes her unique. Truffle is still a registered silver shaded Persian, but she doesn't meet the standard for a show cat.  Our paw pads are black, which is really neat to see hidden beneath the soft, white fur.
I'm prettier than you!
We're usually pretty docile

Did you know that at one time, the silver shaded Persians were considered difficult to handle?  Some judges in cat show rings were heard to say that the silvers were gorgeous, but you couldn't put your hands on them.  Fortunately, this is no longer the case with the breed.  We are different in personality, though, from Persians of other colors.  We're much more active.  Mom Paula was quite surprised how active we are compared to Sweet Praline. We like to be entertained, so Mom Paula has a lot of interactive toys for us to play with. Truffle can be a little bully to Brulee if she doesn't have an outlet for her need for play.  Silver Persians are usually smaller in size (we weigh around 7 pounds) and we don't develop our full coat and look until 3-5 years of age.  We are known to be intelligent, affectionate, and people-oriented.  The silvers are not typical "couch potatoes" as Persians are usually described.  Don't get us wrong, we do like to take our naps, but we like activity, too.  The silvers are sensitive and don't like isolation and confinement.  Some breeders say silver Persians are "sassy" little characters, which Mom Paula says fits us purrfectly!
Brulee's cottony fur

Silver shaded Persians have profuse coats and some have the difficult-to-groom "cotton candy" coat.  Brulee has this cotton candy coat.  It's so soft to the touch, but mats like crazy. Our skin is very thin and Mom Paula has to be careful not to hurt us by pulling on our fur too hard when we are groomed.  We've shared posts in the past of the multiple tools Mom Paula uses to groom us.  We have a brush, a slicker, a comb, a mat remover, and blunt-nosed scissors just for our fur.  We have additional tools and products for our eyes and claws.
Truffle's green eyes



We hope you've enjoyed our little description of silver shaded Persians.  Both of us are registered with the CFA, but we have different characteristics.  Have you figured out how to tell us apart yet?  Look at our eyes, our noses, and our fur.

Mom Paula:  I used to go to cat shows when they were held in South Carolina and fell in love with the beautiful, long-haired Persians.  I never thought I'd be able to have one, but was so blessed to get Sweet Praline when I was going through my divorce.  The Persians can be a little aloof at times, but they do have the sweetest personalities.  Grooming their fur and keeping their eyes clean are a full-time job.  It's almost impossible to keep my house and clothes fur-free.  When I lost Praline, I knew I still wanted Persians in my life and along came Truffle and Brulee.  They are beautiful cats who are full of personality.  If any of you are ever in SC near us, I'd love you to drop by and meet the girls so you can fall in love, too.

25 comments:

  1. We always look at the noses to see the difference.

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  2. Wow, I had no idea that you silver shaded Persians had such different personalities from other Persians! I love that you girls are sassier! And my human has a weakness for black paws, especially on light furred kitties, so she hopes to meet you two one day!

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  3. Of course you are sassy. Your Mama wouldn't have it any other way.

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  4. Sometimes me and mum can tell the difference, but then exactly to amember who is who!

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  5. we always know Brulee by her "horns" MOL what a great description of the girls - very interesting

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  6. I'll admit the only way I can tell you apart is if only one of you is featured and I look at the labels on the post's bottom. MOL! I think I got it but you know TW's #senile.

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  7. We enjoyed learning more about you girls. We know that Brulee has "horns" and that's how we usually tell you apart.

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  8. You are both beauties. I only know you apart by those horns :)

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  9. Mom says nobody can ever tell Ellie and Allie apart but she never has a problem. We also look for Brulee's "horns"

    The Florida Furkids

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  10. Thank you for a terrific post full of things we never knew.

    So you are feisty, beautiful AND high maintenance. We know Dusty needs a daily brush being a long hair, you look at his fur and pfffft it messes up! We cold NOT cope with your beautiful but delicate fur and skin!

    Your Mum is the best cat mum a Persian could have isn't she!

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  11. They look pretty majestic, your lovely kittens! I didn't know they get so big! But the grooming ritual sounds like the one I have with my border collie, haha!

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    1. They are pretty small for Persians. My previous Persian, Sweet Praline, was heavier. They look a lot heavier because of their fur.

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  12. I had no idea! I can absolutely SEE the difference now having it pointed out to me. I have always wanted a Persian but now I want a Persian like YOU two! I also have green eyes but mine are not as bright and beautiful as yours.

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  13. Persians are such gorgeous cats! But oh my, all that grooming! Thanks for sharing the differences on the color patterns. I never knew this.

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  14. I feel so stupid, I could never tell them apart, but now its clear as day! The trick will be to remember that Truffle has the black nose, and Brulee has the pink one!

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  15. I always love to hear how you describe the traits of both Truffle and Brulee! They are both beautiful and I wish I could pet they're silky fur. Thank you for explaining some of the breed characteristics that I didn't know about beforehand.

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  16. I also look for the captions each time as it is hard to tell the difference LOL but then there are twin sisters that come into our dog park with their dog and I always say hello twin as I am not sure who it is LOL

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  17. Those are beautiful cats and I do believe they know it!

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  18. I had know idea that the kitties were small - they look so fluffy! Their grooming routine sounds a lot like mine - lots of tools, lots of gentle combing, etc. One that that mystifies me: how does their fur grow out silver with black tips? Are they covered with black fur as kittens or does it just get darker as they age?

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    1. They are born as dark kittens and their white undercoat grows out within the first few weeks. They look like little tabbies when they are born.

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  19. Wow! That was a great read. We had a Persian cat named Winston. He was a very soft and quiet boy. Thanks for your story.

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  20. Mr. N has that same cotton candy coat! So soft but so prone to matting.

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  21. silver! Monte has that too! Most never notice but I know it's there... I love that they are born dark and turn ... very cool.

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  22. Nice getting to know you ladies better. I get the Poodle Pair confused sometimes, and call them by the other's name.

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  23. Interesting! I didn't know about this breed although I have always admired your beautiful coats and markings.

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