Originally Posted by Denice
Persians usually don't remain real playful much past their time as kittens but I definitely wouldn't think of them as cool towards people. They are generally real lovebugs that want to cuddle and be lapcats. Of course there are always exceptions. I don't know if it's true but I think that the daily grooming necessary to keep their coats from matting has something to do with the close bond they develop with their people.
I have 3 Persian's currently and they play all the time and they are almost 2, 5, and 7 years. The 7 year old (Peaches) plays the most. They love toys, string, cat trees and anything that moves. The also love to chase each other. All the Persians I've had have been like this.
As far as cuddling, it varied per personality. If you're getting a kitten you will be more likely to be able to nurture this trait. I think it also matters where they came from. ie: under foot cattery or caged cattery, shelter, friend or aquaintance or other. My female (Peaches) likes to cuddle when it's her idea. She sleeps with me and likes to be close to me. She also likes to lay on my side if I'm laying on the sofa watching a movie or something. One of my males (Jake) is a real love bug. He sleeps with me and will come up to me if I'm at the computer or sitting and pretty much ask me to pick him up. I have another male (Jazzy) that doesn't cuddle much at all. He likes to be near me but is not fond of being held or cuddling. He does love to be pet and have his face and neck scratched.
Peaches and Jazzy came from a shelter so that may have something to do with how cuddling or attention has to be there idea. Jake was raised in a cattery and I suppose could have influnced him as to why he is a love bug. If you're getting an adult Persian, be patient. It takes them a while to beging trusting someone new. It was at least a year before Peaches got so attached to me. Now we're inseperable!
I would describe all my persians as not vocal and laid back when they're not playing. They may be still really playful because I encourage this. I think it's good excersise for them!
In general, Persian's ARE noted for being loving, friendly and laid back. But if they have ever been mistreated, they may take a long time before they can trust again. Be prepared to spend a lot of time grooming. Or make sure you can take your Persian to a groomer at least once a month if you can't spend as much time with them. Either way, you must be willing to spend some time combing and brushing.
PS: I have some videos posted in the Fur Pictures only Forum of each of my kitties playing.Jake & Jazzy and the DotMore Jake, Peaches and Jazzy Videos