History of the breed,
who we are, and our
aim and future plans.





I am passionate about all breeds of cats and my life revolves around them, but the Persian cats are my favourite breed of all. Having owned Persian cats as pets in the past, it was the natural choice for me to develop an interest in breeding them.

In 2003, I fell in love with the exquisite beauty of the Chinchilla Persian and decided to start up my own breeding programme that also led me to a whole new world of cat shows and exhibiting.

I was fortunate to have been entrusted back then with my first silver breeding cats whose lines were from a pure silver background, quite a rarity today as silvers are now being bred to the coloured Persians in order to increase a dwindling gene pool that has affected this breed for years.

This has been common practice in the US for some time and has now been adopted by the cat governing body over here in the last few years in an attempt to solve this problem, and while many breeders would regard this idea as being a perfectly acceptable solution to the problem, it also creates many new problems with it, such as ruining the typical beautiful green eye colour of the Chinchilla or the beautiful silver coat with tarnishing and introducing striping back into it.

These new problems would take many more years to breed out, if they ever do.

Some of us are continuing to breed the pure silvers in preservation of the true Chinchilla type, but sadly only a handful of these breeders now exist in the UK. It would be a great shame to lose the traditional Chinchilla Persian breed entirely as the breed was originally created in this country, indeed from an area only a few miles where we are situated today.

It is recorded in history that a female Persian from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was bred with an unknown tom in London and this meeting produced the first ever silvers back in the ninetenth century. Which breed the male cat who fathered the kittens was has never been disclosed and could well have been a stray with the mating being purely accidental.

It could be said that they were the first ever designer kittens to be produced and this new silver breed quickly became very popular in the cat showing circles of the time.

They were eventually introduced to the public many years later through a variety of film and tv appearances. The most famous one particularly remembered as portraying the cat of an arch villain in the Bond films. Even today, many people still remember them as the cat in the Bond films.

They are, after all, very beautiful cats that can definitely hold their own against the other breeds.

What is a Chinchilla Persian and why are they different to other Persians?

I am asked that question many times because of their unique colouring and certain look. The simplest answer I can give is that, beneath the luxurious, silver coat there lies a long-haired tabby. A tabby that is permanently wearing a silver coat, to be more precise.

This fact does surprise many when they are made aware of this, but genetically speaking, the tabby pattern (agouti gene) is altered by the dominant Inhibitor gene, aka the silver gene, which is responsible for turning the hair shaft silver. How much of it is altered depends on some other genes too, possibly a wide-band gene, and determines whether the cat is a light tipped Chinchilla, or a much darker Shaded Silver.

The only time you may notice the tabby stripes on them are when the chinnie kittens are first born. This baby coat grows out and is gradually replaced by the permanent silver one.




Our future plans

Our cats and kittens


In recent years, some of the other coloured Persians have also caught my eye, in particular the dramatic blacks, in complete contrast with their huge orange eyes against their dark fur to the pale silver coated fairy-like chinchillas with their emerald green eyes.

My cats are from solid colour bred lines and they carry the dilute gene, so I am also expecting some lovely blue kittens.

The silvers, blacks and blues are the three colours that I have chosen to work with and I'm looking forward to seeing what we will be having in the future.




I am an owner of silver chinchilla persians and the occasional black persian with the aim of improving the persian breed standard. I also occasionally exhibit them at cat shows throughout the UK.

Asassynz

Chinchilla &

Black Persian cats

Our Persian cats are from International pedigrees that include well known and respected lines from Europe and the US as well as established lines from the UK.


The health of all our cats and kittens is very important to us and we have been PKD free through DNA testing for more than 10 years. Testing for Polycystic Kidney Disease is now compulsory for all persian cats registered for breeding with all the UK's recognised cat governing bodies, whether they are pure breed or the prodigy resulting from an outcross with another breed, such as Exotics, Burmillas, etc.


Further information about Feline PKD testing can be found here.


Some of our cat images, personal and professional. See our photo gallery below

Baby chin - 4 week old silver male kitten from one of our past litters.

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Asassynz GildingTheLily - aka Loulou. Photo taken at her first show as a kitten.

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Asassynz Kumsee Me - aka Quincy. This photo is currently being used as the chinchilla breed standard on the Purina website.

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Ella. Silver chin girl content with being a house pet.

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Professionally taken portrait of CH Asassynz GildingTheLily.

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Another portrait of Loulou.

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Asassynz Pearly King. One of our silver males as a young kitten.

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A basket full of inquisitive silver kittens.

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My all time favourite photo of Loulou as it captures her beautiful vivid green eyes.

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Oliver - silver chinchilla male. 2007-2021.
xx Sleep well, my beautiful boy xx

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Black persian show girl.

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Our black persian female.

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The photo gallery above contains some of my favourite photographs, some taken professionally, while at cat shows and also some taken by me personally.


The portrait of Loulou, below, will always be my all time favourite cat image as she was my first homebred chinchilla to achieve her show titles in three consecutive wins, a remarkable achievement considering she initially wasn't expected to survive beyond kitten stage. She did make it, all due to the kind and patient vet who took her home and cared for her personally. Because of her poor start in life, she will always go on to be 'leading cat' to represent our prefix and website.



- Taken from her previous show report. "She had the greenest eyes I've ever seen in a cat of her breed". Her photo captures the meaning of that statement very well. -

*Chinchilla eye colouring must be green or blue/green only.

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