Persian—Golden cat sitting next to a pink toy.

Persian—Golden Cat Breed

Once regarded as the “wrong” color, this cat is now considered to be one of the prettiest Persians.

Recognized as a new breed in the US since the 1970s, the Golden Persian has a gloriously colored coat of rich apricot to golden fur that is widely admired. Yet the first Golden Persians, which appeared in the 1920s in litters born to Chinchillas, were regarded as rejects as far as the pedigree cat world was concerned.

They were known generally as “brownies” and, though barred from the show bench, made appealing pets. Later, breeders saw the potential of Goldens and worked to develop this lovely Persian variation.

Some Goldens are born with wonderful, rich color, while in others it may take two to three years to develop.

Origin: UK, 1920s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Daily

Colors and patterns: Apricot to golden with seal-brown or black tipping.