Have you ever seen one cat breed of coloring of another?
Here it is - the Himalayan cat, a gorgeous Persian with beautiful
Siamese coloring. The Himalayan breed was created by crossing
a Persian and a Siamese in 1931 and became one of the most popular
breeds nowadays. For decades Himalayan breeders have been
working on the breed to achieve its Persian appearance which has
been lost in the beginning. In present day, the Himalayan is actually
a colorpoint Persian.
Everything Is Short And Round
The Himalayan, like the Persian, is a medium-to-large sized,
heavily boned and well-balanced cat. It has a cobby body, massive
round head with small round-tipped ears and a short snub nose, short
legs, large round paws with irresistible tufts between toes, and short
bushy tail. Its coat is long, rich and flowing, and varies from fine silky
to thick cotton. It's light in the body and dark at the points - the facial
mask, ears, legs, feet and tail - which show the basic color of the cat.
A slow development of the Himalayan color makes the cat look
different at the various stages of his life. The points completely
appear when the cat fully matures and the clear body color may
darken with age.
There is a variety of pointed colors to choose from - seal,
blue, flame (red), cream, chocolate, lilac, tortie, blue-cream,
chocolate-tortie, and lilac-cream; plus all of these colors in the lynx
pattern or tabby markings. Regardless the main color and pattern, its
perfectly round eyes are always blue. The shape and set of the eyes
make up the Himalayan sweet open expression that will melt your
Sweet, But Playful
Like any other cat, every Himalayan has his own
personality, but generally the Himalayans, or as they are nicely called
"Himmies", are very gentle, calm, sweet-natured and people-oriented
cats. However, compared to the Persians, the Himalayans have
a higher activity level. They may lay on your lap and sleep on your
bed all night, but they will also follow you everywhere watching what
you are doing. They may be relaxed and lazy most of the time, but
they will surprise you by playing and running around. They are not
boring cats - they can be very active and funny, too!
The Himalayans are slowly maturing cats, so you can enjoy their
kitten-like personality for a long time.
Not For A Busy Owner
The Himalayans are very dependent upon their owners and
require a lot of attention. Grooming is essential for them. To keep
them clean and looking beautiful, they have to be daily brushed and
monthly bathed; their nails should be clipped and their eyes and ears
cleaned. Missing a few "grooming sessions" will result in having
a "greasy" kitty with a lot of mats in his fur and stained eyes.
Grooming on a regular basis will not only help avoid these problems,
but your fluffy friend will also enjoy it as a type of interaction with
Generally, the Himalayan is a healthy and vigorous cat.
Due to the foreshortened muzzle, most Himalayans do have more or
less running eyes. The tears leave brownish stains, and, in bad cases,
a tear duct blockage or eye infection may occur. Despite the shortness
of the nose, the Himalayan is not prone to respiratory problems.
Healthy, beautiful, lovable and playful, the Himmy is
a perfect indoor feline companion. Once you own the Himalayan,
you will fall in love with this breed, the wonderful mix of the Persian
and Siamese genes.
Note: The Siamese cats are not used in Himalayan breeding
programs any more.
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