Persian—Bicolor cat resting in her basket.

Persian—Bicolor Cat Breed

This longhair cat’s coat has bold color patches that give it extra glamour and requires thorough grooming.

Up until the 1960s, bicolored Persians were of little interest to breeders, and they were considered suitable only as pets. Today, they are challenging the solid colors in popularity on the show benches.

One of the first bicolors to be recognized was black and white, once referred to as “magpie”; now many other solid colors combined with white are accepted. In producing bicolor and tortie-and-white cats, breeders aim for clearly defined, symmetrical markings—an ideal that is difficult to achieve.

Watering eyes may cause dark discoloration or tear marks in this breed.

Origin: UK, 1800s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Daily

Colors and patterns: White with various solid colors, including black, red, blue, cream, chocolate, and lilac, and with tortie patterns.