Persian Cameo cat sitting on a sofa.

Persian—Cameo Cat Breed

This breed has softly blended colors in a rippling coat that requires regular grooming.

Regarded by many cat fanciers as the most glamorous of all the Persian colors, this version was developed in the 1950s by crossing Smoke and Tortoiseshell Persians. The fur of a Cameo is white with color carried at the ends of the hair shafts to varying degrees.

In the “tipped” variety the color appears only at the very tip of each hair, but extends to up to one-third of the hair shaft in “shaded” cats. Cameo gives the effect, especially as the cat moves, of a coat rippling with changing hues.

Origin: US, Australia, and New Zealand, 1950s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Red, cream, black, blue, lilac, and chocolate solid colors and tortie patterns.