They have a broad, round head
with a short nose, large eyes, full cheeks, and small round-tipped ears
set wide apart and titling forward, low on the head with long ear tufts.
The neck should be short and thick, and the body cobby, solid and rounded,
deep-chested and broad across the shoulders and hindquarters. The paws
should be relatively large, rounded and with good tufts. The coat is long
silky, flowing and shiny. Rich ruffs and deep frill on and between the
front legs, throwing the head in relief are especially prized. The tail
should be short and carried behind, not above the body. Persians have short heavily-boned
legs to support their broad, short bodies. They like to have their feet
firmly planted and are not given to high jumping and climbing. Their
long flowing coats require an indoor, protected environment. Proper maintenance
requires a daily grooming with a metal comb up to an hour to eliminate
the potential drawbacks of tangles and hairballs.