Chinchilla Persian Cat - Fascinating Fur, Great Character: Well Deserved Fame

The Chinchilla Persian cat is a particular variety of Persian. At the end of the 19th century, he achieved great success and became a celebrity, so much so that his body was embalmed after his death and rests in what is now the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.


The Origins of the Persian Chinchilla Cat

The story of this cat begins in 1880 in England: Madame Vallance had the idea of ​​mating a Persian smoke with a silver tabby, from which was born a female who gave birth, after another mating, to the first copy of the Chinchilla cat, called silver Lambkin. Then, thanks to Princess Victoria, niece of the Queen, the Chinchilla Persian cat spread throughout the United Kingdom.

Chinchilla cats belong to the category of silver tabby but, subject to a serious and precise program of selection, the tabby factor has become almost imperceptible, leaving only the tip of the coat colored (tipping). The tipping on the dress of cats having different lengths, the FIFE (International Feline Federation) separated in the Seventies the "silver" into two classes: the Chinchilla and the silver shaded.

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The Ideal Cat

The coat of the Chinchilla Persian cat has a very light-colored base and the tip of each hair is colored for one-eighth of its length. The muzzle, the neck, the belly, the inside of the legs, and the lower part are characterized by their white color. The fingertips are in harmony with the color of the tipping (today the colors black, blue, chocolate and lilac are allowed). The eyes are the characteristic of this breed, making this variety unique: their color is emerald green and the outline of the eyelids, which appears made up, recalls the color of the coat.

The length of the tipping, which then represents a third of the length of the hair, distinguishes the silver shaded from the Chinchilla. The tipping is much more visible and more intense in tone on the legs and under the eyes. As with the Chinchilla, the collar, belly, inner part of the legs, and lower part of the tail are white.

To these two varieties should also be added the Golden which has golden traces in the undercoat. It has only been recognized for a few years, even if its appearance is not recent.

It seems that during the Chinchilla selection program, it happened that subjects were born with a gold-colored undercoat; their birth (1925) was probably due to a recessive gene that disappeared for many years and then resurfaced. The Golden is in all respects similar to the Chinchilla and the only difference is therefore this slight gilding of the undercoat as well as the black and fawn tip. Goldens are also divided into two classes based on their coloration. We find the Golden shell, whose golden tone is distributed over the tip of the hair for an eighth of its length, and the Golden shade, whose tipping occupies only a third of the length of the hair.

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The Character of Chinchilla Persian Cat

The character of the Chinchilla cat is in all respects similar to that of a Persian. Only the Golden stands out: it seems to have a slightly more naughty character.



The Chinchilla Persian cat is affectionate towards his human but he also likes his tranquility. Long cuddling sessions are not necessary for him, but each cat has its personality.



Sometimes the Chinchilla Persian cat can be mischievous but he is rather lazy by nature.


Like the Persian, he is calm and likes his environment to resemble him.


He is observant and knows how to make himself understood with a look.

Fearful/wary of strangers:

More reserved than fearful, the Chinchilla Persian cat needs time to adapt to new people.


Very attached to his comfort and tranquility, he will prefer to stay away, if the hustle and bustle of family life bother him.

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Rather discreet, he prefers to be understood by the look than by the mewing.


Rather fond of good things, food should be offered in an interactive bowl to regulate food intake and avoid being overweight.

Need for exercise:

Like all cats, the Chinchilla Persian cat needs to exercise. However, its morphology limits the intensity and duration of play sessions.


He is a cat who likes the comfort of the house, even if he is not against a little outing from time to time.

The Chinchilla Persian Cats and Dogs:

If the introduction is done well, the Silver Persian may tolerate the presence of dogs very well. However, he preferred calm individuals to rambunctious canines brimming with energy. It is essential to provide heights and hiding places so that he feels comfortable there.


The Chinchilla Persian Cat and Other Cats:

As with dogs, he will accommodate companions as peaceful as him. He will need time to adapt to community life.

The Chinchilla Persian Cat and Children:

Particularly gentle and tolerant, he will be a good companion for children provided that they know how to respect the needs of the cat and are not turbulent.


The Chinchilla Persian Cat and the Elderly:

This is surely the best breed of cat for a rather calm person because he likes his environment to be quiet and devoid of events that break his routine, as long as this person knows how to groom him daily.




The grooming of the Chinchilla Persian cat is particularly demanding: brushing must be done daily to avoid knots and remove dead hair. A good bathroom is essential for this. Don't forget to dry him very well. The long hairs on the hindquarters can sometimes be soiled by stool and should therefore be checked regularly. Cutting and shearing will sometimes be necessary to facilitate maintenance.

The cleaning of the eyes and the wings of the nose must also be done daily because of its flat face. Care must be taken so that it does not cause an infection. Also, remember to check the cleanliness of the ears frequently.


Hair loss:

You will see traces of confectionery on fabrics and sofas.



The shape of his face and therefore of his jaw but also his type of hair are the two main elements to take into account in the choice of food. It must be of high quality and provide the nutrients necessary for its good health.

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The health of Chinchilla Persian Cats

Life expectancy:

It is quite variable due to the relative fragility of this breed, which can range from 12 to 18 years old.


Resistant / robust:

Because of their physical characteristics, Chinchilla Persian cats are perfect indoor cats. Indeed, its morphology does not allow it to breathe properly both during strong heat and in the middle of winter. His abundant undercoat keeps him warm but gets tangled easily.


Tendency to grow:

This placid and greedy feline is prone to being overweight. Food selection and intake should be carefully controlled.

Common illnesses:

The Persian Chinchilla cat is predisposed to developing certain hereditary diseases:


Polycystic kidney disease

Idiopathic cystitis: There may be more than one reason for this, but often the cause is unknown.

Urolithiasis (or urinary stones): Generally appear after 7 years, mostly in sterilized animals and males


Basal cell tumor:

Tumor of the sebaceous glands: these benign skin tumors can be isolated or multiple


Hypertrophic heart disease:

Picardo-diaphragmatic hernia: an anomaly in the development of the diaphragm resulting in the passage of the abdominal organs into the pericardial cavity


Progressive retinal atrophy, which causes vision loss almost from birth

Corneal sequestration (or corneal necrosis)

Coloboma of the eyelids

Entropion: malformation causing the edge of the eyelid to roll inward

Idiopathic epiphora: tear secretion anomaly linked to the shape of the Persian's head



Cryptorchidism, testicular monorchidism: absence of descent of the testicles or a single.

The Chinchilla Persian cat may also one day develop the same pathologies as any other cat, such as oral pathologies.

From the age of 7, it is advisable to carefully monitor his health by having an annual check-up with the veterinarian.

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Chinchilla Persian cats have fewer kittens than other cats. In addition, farrowing must be monitored. Indeed, kittens with bulky skulls may have difficulty being expelled. Cesarean sections are quite common.

The reproduction of the Chinchilla Persian cat is particular because the green color of the eyes is recessive, it can disappear if the crossing is done with a variety of blue or copper eyes for example. The coat color can also become too light if crossbreeding only with the Chinchilla Persian cat.


Good to know

There are other types of Chinchilla Persian Cats such as the "Silver shaded", recognized in the '70s, whose "tipping", which represents a third of the hair, is more prominent on the coat and more prominent on the legs and under the eyes.

There is also the "Golden", which has golden shades in the undercoat and the tip of the black tail. This can be "shaded", with one-third of the hair being colored, or "shell", with one-eighth of the hair color. These have only been recognized for a few years, although we note the appearance of this gene in 1925.

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