My name is Sue Johnson and I have been a persian and himalayan breeder for almost 12 years.
I own "Cozy Kitten Cattery"
I see all your notes about breeding these cats and I have to say that I see both sides to breeding persians and himmy's.
I think most people these days don't know why the persians have such smashed in faces.
They were not like this 10-20 years ago.
Well, truth is not all persians and himalayans have the smashed in faces.
See they all started out with longer noses and then most breeders started to inbreed them.
That's what the judges wanted to see...the flatter faces, the shorter noses.
Therefor most all persian and himalayan breeders started to inbreed these cats.
The more closely related, the flatter the face became.
And Yes, I have been on both sides of the fence.
I raised both the peke (Flat faced persians & himmy's) and the baby doll-faced (Not really flat faced)
I myself did not have the time in my life to deal with all the problems that came along with the peke faced cats.
Nor did I want to inbreed my dollfaces to try and get the flat faces.
It was heart breaking for me to see some of these cats struggle on a daily basis to breeth.
Their eyes dripped and ran all day long.
All I got done was clean their eyes.
They always seemed to have colds and need antibotics...and yes, I was falling further and further in the hole money wise.
The vets loved me! Ha!
I was always in there with the peke faces and always dealing with these cats and all the sinus problems they had.
At one point I had to have the sinus passages drilled out on one of my peke faced cats.
She simply had none!
And though this will probley cause alot of people to hate me, I'v always been the kind of person to say what's on my mind...it doesn't mean anyone has to agree with me, but it's just what "I" have seen.
It upsets me to see some of the peke faced cats on the internet all dolled up and looking great...because that particular cat may be drop dead beautiful but what about all the other kittens in that litter?
Where are they?
What do they look like?
Like I'v said before I have been on both sides of the fence and have seen and had some really beautiful peke faced cats, but I also seen in the same litter kittens that were NOT beautiful at all.
Kittens that had to be put to sleep because of total inbred problems.
It was the day that we had a one eyed kitten born here that I said..."NO MORE"
and sold all my peke faced cats and kept only my dollfaces.
NEVER looking back and never wanting to go through that again.
My daughter was there with me when this kitten was first born and it scared us both to death.
It was heart breaking to say the least.
It was alive and even nursing...but ever so messed up.
And that was one of many terrible things I seen by inbreeding cats and what can and does wrong.
Please don't think I don't like the peke faced cats, because I do, I just wish not to breed them.
My heart is with the baby doll-faced and since being on the internet, I'v heard from thousands of people saying they did not even know about the dollfaces, they remember when that's what they used to look like and now all they seem to find is the peke faces (Sometimes known as show cats or extreme faced persians and himmy's).
Well, I am only one person and can only speek from "MY" experience so please do not tell me all about all of the peke faced cats eveyone has that does NOT have breathing problems, nor runny eyes, I know there are SOME...because I have had them too....but there are alot that do.
Anne asked me to show up and express my feeling on this all and that's what I have done.
I hope my message has left everyone with a little bit more understanding of the doll-faced persians and himalayans and the peke faced persians and himalayans.
I envite you to see some of my dollfaced persians on Anne's Persian kitten postcards or visit my website at:http://www.nemr.net/~poppy1/