Persian—Shaded Silver cat resting on a purple blanket.

Persian—Shaded Silver Cat Breed

This exquisite cat has a placid temperament and is sometimes livelier than the other Persians.

This Persian bears some resemblance to the Chinchilla, both breeds having white coats tipped on the ends of the hairs with a darker color. At one time, these cats were described as “silvers.”

However, over decades of development from the 20th century onward, Chinchillas have become paler and the Shaded Silver can now usually be distinguished by having the darker coloring of the two. In particular, breeders of Shaded Silvers strive to achieve the characteristic dark mantle that falls over the back.

With a doglike personality, this cat enjoys following its owner around.

Origin: UK, 1800s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Daily

Colors and patterns: White with black tipping.