While the controversy over Angoras and Persians has been discussed over the centuries by cat lovers, breeders and showers, there is no controversy over the many different variants of Persians that are recognized and accepted by the cat loving community.
Variants in a breed are brought about by breeding one type of cat with another type to try and get a cross section of the traits from each cat into one. Many of these pairings have resulted in new breeds being established.
This does not mean that one can simply choose two different types of cat and then breed them successfully to have a recognized new breed.
There are governing standards that have to be adhered to and the end result must be recognized by one of the boards or councils that are set up to regulate the cat breeding industry. Pretty much every country has a council, but in general they agree on things based on certain criteria.
For instance, breeders who paired a Persian with the other most popular cat species, the Siamese, came up with a new breed that was recognized and named the Himalayan in the 1950s. While it was recognized as a separate breed until the 1980s,, it was merged into the category of Persian with no distinction, much to the dismay of the Persian cat loving community who believed that the Persian bloodline was being watered down and changed dramatically.
The Persian was also bred secretly in the U.S by short haired cat breeders in the hope that by doing so it would improve their breeds and bring about aesthetic qualities that would be liked by cat show judges.
This new breed, the Exotic Shorthair, was not recognized universally until 1966.
This breed was said to encompass all the qualities of the Persian with a much shorter and more manageable coat. for this reason the breed is nicknamed the Lazy Persons Persian.
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