Originally Posted by Cearbhaill
I believe that it is a documented feature of human behavior that we favor faces with big round eyes that are large in proportion to the head- an infant type face. That's why we "ooh aahh" over baby puppies and kittens (and any infant animal) with their big moppet eyes. It is a trait designed to direct us towards nurturing babies, and it has slipped over into pet animal conformation as well.
What put me off the extremes was a conversation with a Persian breeder at a cat show. She was kind of " ho hum" about whether they could breathe or not and told me to just take them and have the surgery done if it bothered me. Not all breeders are so callous, I know that, but she really favored a typey head over a functional one, and I find that unacceptable.
HopeHacker- the Fancy Feast cat is a silver- I can never remember if she is a shaded silver or chinchilla, but the silvers always have more nose than the other colors. One more reason I like them best.
Admittedly, Persians have BIG ROUND eyes. My little Stanley had them as well. However, I don't think a Persian has to have a smushed in face in order to have big eyes. Cagnes, a member of TCS has a beautiful Persian with a nose, and the BIGGEST most beautiful soulful eyes you'd ever want to see in a cat, and my Bengal, Simba isn't even a Persian, and he has ENORMOUS eyes. I'm still wondering why anyone would prefer a smushed in face to a beautiful delicate face with a nose. Persians that aren't breed standard still have smaller noses than most other cats, and to be honest, you don't need a smushed in face to know a Persian when you see one.
Even dogs with smushed in faces have trouble breathing and tend to have more health problems that other dogs. I used to have a neighbor with two of those little flat faced dogs (for the life of me, I can't remember the breed name, but they are tiny, a cremey beige colour, and are sort of tipped like a Siamese cat). Anyway, when she would walk those little dogs, you could hear them snorting down the street.
I realize that breeders may be working on getting the breathing problems out of the Extreme flat faced Persians, but a lot of little kitties have had to suffer through life on the road to this. Personally, I think a Persian with a nose is just more asthetically pleasing. I don't mean a long nose like my SunLee (Siamese), but a cute little delecate nose. Like I said, they still have a lot less of a nose than most other cats, but they sure are beautiful. And they can eat wet food out of regular cat dish without a big problem. If I were ever to get a Persian again, I would definately get one with a nose. I never want to go thru the heartache of losing a 2 year old kitty like that again, and feel sorry for him, because he had to eat dry food all of the time, while the other kitties got to eat wet food.