Panei Persian & Exotic
(Longhair & Shorthair Persians)
Established in 1974
Panei Persians & Exotics-Owners Patty Stewart & Michelle Smith
A mother-daughter team of cat lovers.
We live in Springfield, Oregon at the southern end of the Willamette Valley
Nestled between the Willamette & Mckenzie Rivers.

Our Story:

Panei Persians (pronounced Paw-Nee) began in 1974 with the purchase of a Red Persian male named Edjo's
Erich of Pa-Nei.    We quickly added 2 Tortoiseshell Persian girls Edjo's Indigo Rainbow & Edjo's Oriental
Splendor and that was our beginnings.  Still to this date, we still have lines descending back to one of our
original girls, Indigo Rainbow.  A beloved and sentimental line that produces easy going sweet dispositions.

We later added Whites "Our Speciality" to our solid breeding program and have also bred Silver, Smoke,
Bi-Color & /Calico Persians.  I am an avid Line-Chaser (researching our cats ancestry).  I am proud
To be able to take our bloodlines back to the very beginnings of the cat fancy in the late 1800’s.  I have a
large collection of Yearbooks and old Out dated Studbooks from various long lost registries.

The (Pa) in Panei is for myself "Patty Stewart" and the (Nei) is for my husband Neil. We have 3 grown
children, Tom, Michelle, & Christina.  We have 9 Grand children.  I do enjoy life other than cats as well,
Sewing, reading, camping, gardening, family historical research and proud to be a native 3rd generation

My daughter, Michelle, who is now co-owner of cattery was litterally born in a house of cats.  She went to
most of the cat shows with me and as a young girl would steward the judging rings and later in her teens
she started clerking and hospitality at the cat shows.  Michelle is a busy mother of 5 children, Brenden,
Jissel, Sylas, Bryley, Saelah and 2 Step daughters Jackie, Samantha & now a grandma herself.

In 1999 Michelle decided she wanted an easier care Persian and was gifted a Red Tabby Exotic female from
our dear friend Peter Romich of Grandaries Exotics.  "Ch.Grandaries Glitter & Be Gay "Gigi".  Gigi was our
Exotic beginnings  to our cattery, we are now Panei Persians & Exotics.

Update:  Michelle's daughter, (my grandaughter) "Jissel Smith" is a 3rd generation breeder addition to our
cattery.  Jissel (Spring of 2011) has produced her first litter of Exotic-Persian at the grand old age of 11
years!  Getting a very early start in the Cat Fancy.  Jissel attends many of the shows with us.

We are very proud of our accomplishments having bred many Grand Champions, distinguish merit awards,
and regional /national winners.

Michelle’s Story

I have always had a passion for cats.  Maybe that would be my Mother's fault as I was born and raised with
them.  I knew no different, I thought everyone had cats or at least everyone should own cats.  It seemed
normal.  I am so thankful I am able to share with my Mother our passion to raise these wonderful kitties we
have together.  My Mother has worked so hard to get to where she is now with our beautiful cats.  I feel like
I have been given a gift from my Mom.  That is to be able to have the knowledge and understandings of our
passion in life.  My Mom isn't just my Mom.  She is my teacher, my friend , and my mentor.  I just want to say
"Thank you Mom!"
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