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Chinchilla Persian

Other names: Silver Persian

Chinchilla Persian
Chinchilla Persian

Their unique coat is what gave this breed the same name as the chinchilla, a small mammal with unusual fur. Very calm, this is one of the most popular varieties of Persians. In the 18th century, A Silver Persian was embalmed and then exhibited in London at the Museum of Natural History. How could anyone resist their sparkling emerald green eyes? They seduce with their fine and silky fur, with silver or gold highlights.


Key facts about the Chinchilla Persian

  • Life expectancy : Between 12 and 18 years
  • Temperament : Calm, Intelligent
  • Type of coat : Long

Physical characteristics of the Chinchilla Persian

Adult size

Female cat Between 9 and 10 in
Male cat Between 9 and 10 in

They reach their adult size between 18 and 24 months old.


Female cat Between 7 and 15 lb
Male cat Between 7 and 15 lb

Coat colour

The colour of the tipping can be black/seal, blue, grey-slate, lilac, chocolate.

The coat of the Persian Chinchilla has a very light base, only one-eighth of the length of each hair is coloured. From the muzzle to the lower part of the tail, through the chest and belly, the hair is entirely white. We find the shade of the colour of "tipping" (tip of coloured hair) on their toes and on the contours of the pink nose.

Coat patterns

They are part of the Silver Tabby category but this factor has become almost invisible.

Type of coat

They have long, silky and fine fur with a thick undercoat.

Eye colour

Their emerald green eyes are contoured by the colour of the tipping. One of the characteristics of the Chinchilla Persian is that their eyes turn green at around 7 months old.


Physically, the Chinchilla Persian is quite close to the Persian, with a few differences: they are smaller, the nose is less flat, the head is narrower and ears longer.
Their robust body is average in size, with rather short legs. Their round head is adorned with tufted ears, that are spaced apart and relatively small.



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The Silver Persian is affectionate towards their owners but they also like time to themselves. Cuddling all day might not be this cat’s favourite thing but every individual is different.


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The Chinchilla Persian can be playful but they are typically quite lazy.


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Like the Persian, they are calm cats who appreciate an environment that mirrors their personality.


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They’re very observational and can make themselves understood with their expressive faces.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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More reserved than fearful, the Silver Persian needs time to adapt to new people.


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They’re very attached to their comfort and tranquility, they prefer keeping to themselves if the chaos of family life becomes too much!

Behaviour of the Chinchilla Persian


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Fairly discrete, they prefer to use their looks to communicate rather than their voice.

Need for exercise / Sporty

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Like all cats the Chinchilla Persian does need to exercise but their body type limits the intensity and length of time they can play for.

Tendency to run away

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This cat likes the comfort of the home. Your cat may go out to explore occasionally.

Greedy / Gluttony

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Lovers of the good things in life, food should be served in an interactive bowl to slow down their eating and prevent weight gain.


Chinchilla Persian and cats

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Just as with dogs, they will get on with cats that have a similar temperament to them. They will need time to adapt to a life with other cats.

Chinchilla Persian and dogs

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If the introduction is well done, it is possible that the Silver Persian will tolerate the presence of a dog. However, they typically prefer quiet individuals to turbulent canines full of energy. It is essential to provide heights (like cat trees) and hiding places to make your cat feel comfortable.

Chinchilla Persian and children

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Being particularly gentle and tolerant, they are great companions for children as long as the children know to respect the needs of the cat and are not overly excited and frantic!

Chinchilla Persian and the elderly

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This could be the best breed of cat for an elderly person. These cats like routine and a calm environment. Just as long as they are well groomed and maintained.


We don't have enough data to provide an average price for a Chinchilla Persian. The price often varies according to the lineage, the breeder, the age or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will cost on average £35 / month to support the needs of Silver Persian, by offering a quality diet and ensuring their good health.


A Chinchilla Persian’s grooming routine is particularly demanding: brushing must be done daily to avoid knots and remove dead hair. A bath, followed by a good drying can help with this. The long hairs of the hindquarters can sometimes be soiled by the stool and must therefore be regularly checked. A haircut may be necessary to facilitate maintenance.
The eyes and nose must also be cleaned daily due to their flat face. These secretions can stain their light hair but also cause infections. Also remember to frequently check the cleanliness of the ears.


The Silver Persian will undoubtedly leave behind some very clear signs that will indicate where they have been sleeping!

Nutrition of the Chinchilla Persian

The shape of their jaw as well as the type of hair are the main elements to take into account in the choice of food. Obviously, it must be of high quality and provide the necessary nutrients for good health.

Health of the Chinchilla Persian

Life expectancy

Life expectancy varies due to the fragile nature of this breed, but it tends to range between 12 and 18 years.

Strong / robust

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Their physical characteristics make them a perfect indoor cat. In fact, their morphology does not allow them to breathe properly both when it is very hot or very cold. The abundant undercoat keeps them warm but gets tangled easily.

Tendency to put on weight

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The placide and greedy nature of this feline means they can easily put on weight. The choice of food and how it is offered to the cat is vital in controlling their weight.

Common illnesses

The Chinchilla Persian is predisposed to developing certain hereditary diseases:

  • Nephrology-urology:

- Polycystic kidney: cysts appear gradually and slowly on the kidneys, hindering their proper function. There is a screening test for this disease
- Idiopathic cystitis: this inflammation of the bladder is often observed in castrated males. There are many causes but often remains unidentified
- Urolithiasis (or urinary stones): usually appear after 7 years, mostly in sterilised animals and males

  • Oncology:

-Basal Cell Tumor: Mostly benign, these skin tumors are often located on the head and neck
-Sebaceous gland tumor: these benign skin tumors can be isolated or multiple

  • Cardiology:

-Hypertrophic heart disease: heart disease characterised by thickening of the myocardium
-Pericardial-diaphragmatic hernia: anomaly of development of the diaphragm causing the passage of the abdominal organs in the pericardial cavity

  • Ophthalmology:

-Progressive atrophy of the retina, which causes vision loss almost from birth
-Corneal sequestration (or necrosis of the cornea)
-Coloboma of the eyelids: malformation of the external part of the upper eyelids
-Entropion: malformation leading to the edge of the eyelid winding inwards
-Idiopathic epiphora: anomaly of tear secretion related to the shape of the Persian’s head

  • Skin:

-Ringworm: Mycosis most often developing on the back or at the base of the tail causing ulcerated nodules
-Cryptorchidism, testicular monorchidism: no descent of either one or both testicles
-It can also develop the same diseases as any other cat, such as oral diseases.

From the age of 7, it is advisable to carefully monitor your cat’s health by having an annual checkup with the vet.


Females give birth to smaller litters than other breeds. In addition, farrowing must be supervised. Indeed, kittens with large skulls may cause difficulty at birth. Caesareans are quite common.
Reproduction of Chinchilla Persian is unusual. This is because the green colour of the eyes is recessive, meaning they can disappear if crossed with a Persian with blue or brass eyes for example. The colour of the coat may also become too light if the crosses are made only with a Chinchilla Persian.

Good to know

There are other types of Chinchilla Persian such as the "Silver shaded", recognised in the seventies, whose "tipping", which represents a third of the hair, is more visible on the coat and more marked on the legs and under the eyes.
There is also the "Golden", which has golden undertones in the undercoat and at the tip of their black tail. This one can be "shaded", one third of the hair being coloured, or "shell", with one eighth of the hair being coloured. These have only recently been recognised, when the appearance of this gene was noted in 1925.
Finally, the Persian Cameo, which is a fully-fledged breed in the United States, but a variety of Chinchilla in France and England. This one sports a coat called "red silver shaded": the base of the hair is silver or ivory and the tip is ginger.

Origins and history

In 1880, an English breeder, Mrs. Vallence, crosses a Persian "smoke" with a "silver tabby" which gave birth to the very first Persian Chinchilla: Silver Lambkin. This breed spread rapidly throughout the kingdom thanks to the Queen's niece, Princess Victoria, who fell in love with it. It was recognised by the British Feline Breeds Register (GCCF) in 1901. The selection process was careful to create the emerald eyes and lighten the coat which, at first, was darker. The Second World War impacted the European branch of this breed, weakened by the rigorous selective breeding. Today, this is one of the most sought-after varieties of Persian.


Good names for a Chinchilla Persian cat: Aaron, Jersey, Pizza, Trixie

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