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Under bite in persian- hereditary?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi, I am new to the board and have a question. Princess, my new persian has an underbite. Pretty severe to be honest. Is it hereditary?
Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
post #2 of 17
Underbites are hereditary in humans so I can't see why they wouldn't be in cats also.
post #3 of 17
Are you asking about cats in general or just persians?
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just in general.
post #5 of 17
Yeah, I am pretty sure it would be hereditary. Are you planning on breeding her?
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes, I was thinking about it, but now that I know underbites are hereditary I don't think I will take that chance. The previous owner had been breeding her. She is a beautiful girl.
post #7 of 17
I'm not compleatly sure if it is hereditary so if you really want to breed her you should ask a vet or someone who would be able to give you a more accurate answer.
post #8 of 17
As far as I know it's hereditary and should not be bred - especially if you're breeding to the persian breed standards. The likelihood of producing pet quality is most likely higher than normal and producing show quality persians isn't easy at the best of times!
post #9 of 17
Yes it is. Were you planning on breeding this persian? If you got it from a cattery/breeder - did you know about it when you bought the kitten?
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your help. My intention was not to breed Princess for show quiality kittens, pet quality only. I see the vet in a week or so and I will ask her if it is genetic so I know for sure.

Here is a picture of Princess. She is a tortie smoke persian. She isn't as fluffy as she normally is as she just had a bath.


post #11 of 17
IMO breeding for pets is not the reason to breed. It just adds to more winding up in shelters. Breeding should be done to IMPROVE the breed. You want to breed the best cats - and if they have any faults or genetic problems that can be passed on, you spay/neuter them!

Even breeding the best examples you will get your share of "pet quality" kittens to be neutered/spayed. But to purposely breed a pet quality is making you a backyard breeder - something that is frowned upon.

Careful research with pedigrees and making sure you have a genetically sound quality cat is a must for a good breeder.

While she is pretty and I'm sure you love her very much, she really should be spayed and not bred.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
First, I never said that I would breed Princess. If I was going to and didn't care I would have just done so but instead I have been researching to find out if her underbite is genetic or not and I will also be asking the vet her opinion on it. If it is, she will be spayed.
I understand your concern and I respect your opinion HOWEVER in this case I do not agree. I do not want to argue about this, which will happen, unless we both act as mature adults and respect each others decisions. Doesn't mean you have to like my decision or even support it but there is no reason to argue about it as you are not only argueing with me but with many other people all around the world breeding and selling cats who do not meet "the standards".
I hate to say it but majority rules. There is still more people out there breeding cats who do not have champion lines and who are not show quality cats then there are breeders who produce the show quality cats. These kittens can be just as beautiful, just as healthy and just as loving as any cat from a breeder at a lower price WHICH IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. It is not wrong.
Call me what ever you want but I don't lock my cats up, throw them food every so often and hope if I leave them together long enough that they will breed and produce kittens that I can sell and make a huge profit off of. THAT IS A BACK YARD BREEDER.
All my cats are healthy, up to date on shots/wormings/health checks etc and are loved very much. They are friendly and just as beautiful as breeders cats. If a nice deserving family wants to purchase a persian/himalayan kitten and cannot afford the $700 or more that a breeder wants they can come to some one like me and get a great quality kitten for a reasonable price and they will be just as happy with that kitten then they would be with a kitten from a breeder. Most people who purchase cats are not into showing/breeding, they want a PET!
My contract states that if at any point in time the buyer cannot care for or does not want their cat any longer that they have to call me first and offer them back.
IF I DIDN'T CARE I would throw the kittens out to any one who wanted one and not think twice about it. I DON'T.
I have said my peace as you have said yours- lets be mature about this and move on.
Thanks for your concern
Caitlin
post #13 of 17
She really is a gorgeous cat. I love her coloring.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you. She is a sweet heart also. I gave her a bath this morning and she just layed there. If I wasn't holding her up she probably would have drowned. Then I used the blow dryer on her coat and she didn't move.
post #15 of 17

I have seen Persians with underrbites.  I think they are adorable.  But I do believe it is hereditary... However not all her kittens will have the same thing.  Some will be perfectly normal.  And I got my Persians and my Birman from Breeders who did show cats but their main thing was breeding loving and wonderful furbabies.  They didn't really care too much about the show circuit and producing perfect show kittens.  It was nice if it happened but they also did not cage their kitties and they were very hands on with every litter.  I also do not think they were BYB's... BYB's are people that do not care and are only trying to make a quick buck off their animals.  They don't take their animals to the vet.   Good breeders care very much about their animals and do all they can for them.  You clearly do, as well.  She is beautiful and happy.  That is what matters!! 

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by P3 and The King View Post

I have seen Persians with underrbites.  I think they are adorable.  But I do believe it is hereditary... However not all her kittens will have the same thing.  Some will be perfectly normal.  And I got my Persians and my Birman from Breeders who did show cats but their main thing was breeding loving and wonderful furbabies.  They didn't really care too much about the show circuit and producing perfect show kittens.  It was nice if it happened but they also did not cage their kitties and they were very hands on with every litter.  I also do not think they were BYB's... BYB's are people that do not care and are only trying to make a quick buck off their animals.  They don't take their animals to the vet.   Good breeders care very much about their animals and do all they can for them.  You clearly do, as well.  She is beautiful and happy.  That is what matters!! 

Note that this thread is almost 5 years old. Most of the people who posted here are probably not following the thread any more.
post #17 of 17

Yes, I know.  I wasn't the one that brought it back up.. It was someone else and their post has been deleted.  I reread the entire post and noticed that but it was too late.  I couldn't delete my post.  I am sorry.  It is not me doing this, I promise!!

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