Persian—Smoke cat resting.

Persian—Smoke Cat Breed

One of the most striking Persian patterns, this rare-colored breed has been brought back from the brink of extinction.

In the coat patterning of the Smoke, each hair is pale at the base, becoming darker by degrees along its length. Smoke kittens are born without any apparent sign of this coloring, which does not start developing until the cat is several months old.

Smoke Persians were recorded as early as the 1860s, but they have never been common. By the 1940s this breed had all but disappeared. Fortunately, a few enthusiasts continued to develop the Smoke, creating new interest in the breed and extending its range of colors.

Origin: UK, 1860s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Daily

Colors and patterns: White deeply tipped with color, including black, blue, cream, and red, and in tortie patterns.