Although the markings of bicoloured Persians such as the Blue and White are individual, the proportion of coloured and white areas is laid down in the show standards. It is difficult to breed these cats with ideal markings, but this does increase the likelihood of being able to acquire one as a pet without a long wait, provided that you do not mind that its patterning is not perfect. Even well-marked pairs cannot be guaranteed to produce similar offspring.
- BREED DEVELOPED: 1880s
- COUNTRY: UK
- TYPE: Longhair
- BODY SHAPE: Cobby and powerful
- WEIGHS UP TO: 7kg/15lb
- PLUS POINTS: Unique markings and affectionate disposition
- WATCH POINTS: Grooming may be painful if the coat is allowed to become tangled
The distribution of the blue and white areas in the coat will not vary from kittenhood, although the coat itself will become longer and more profuse as the cat grows older. It is vital that the patches are clearly defined, with the blue and white areas not merging into each other. When judging standards were first drawn up for bicolours, the aim was to create cats which showed similar -patterning to that of the Dutch rabbit, with coloured areas on their front and hindquarters, separated by a white central area. A white blaze on the forehead was also required. Unfortunately however, it proved impossible to achieve such markings in practice, with the result that the popularity of such bicolours plummeted.
Then in 1971 the standard was revised and made more realistic, to encourage greater interest in these Persians. The requirement now is more flexible: no more than two thirds of the coat should be blue, while up to half can be white. A white blaze extending between the eyes is preferable, and certainly both blue and white areas should be present on the face.
In every respect, these Bicolours are true Persians, with their fur itself being long, fine and silky in texture. There should be a ruff of longer hairs extending below the neck, with the tail being decidedly bushy as well. In terms of overall size, males tend to be slightly larger than females.
- New colours have been added to the bicoloured group, thanks to the development of chocolate and white plus lilac and white forms.
- For show purposes, there must be no tabby markings apparent in the coats.