The Himalayan Cat
The Himalayan cat is
breed that traces to the elegant
Persian but with their own distinct version of the breed – that of the
beautiful pattern and blue eyes of the Siamese. The mid
colorpoint Persian type cat was begun in earnest. Initially the points
seal, blue, chocolate and lilac. Later flame point, tortie point, blue
cream, chocolate and lilac selfs (solid colors), lynx points and
tortie were added.
A popular breed on their
own the silky long hair of the
Persian was wanted with the colors of the Siamese. They are a people
cat that are ‘busy’ but not hyper. They enjoy attention and being
grooming is important to keep the coat from matting. Daily
includes attention to the hair on the belly and inside the legs that
The Himalayan can be a
one person cat, with a strong
preference for one individual while tolerating others in the family.
normally outgoing and playful with a little more “attitude” or
‘opinion’ than a
Persian. They are normally friendly with other animals and children but
it is a
commitment to take on a cat that can take daily brushing.
The Himalayan cat is
typically a gentle, sweet natured cat and
thrive on attention. They love attention and being with people. The blue eyes are part of
their standard. As
a part of the Persian breed they should be refined and balanced.
The standard includes 30
points on the head, 20 each for
body and color, 10 each for coat and eye color and 5 each for balance
refinement. The Himalayan can be influenced by the point color. For
the blue point has a bluish white body while the seal point has a more
cream colored shade to the coat. No matter what color however the eyes
be a deep vivid blue.
Depth of body and heavy
bone is needed for the cat. Good
muscle is needed to insure that this isn’t just a fat fuzzy cat but
that is able to use their athletic abilities. Some Himalayans may take
to settle in but love a
secure, serene home with people. They are
back cats that are much more a ‘couch cat’ than some other breeds.
They are a cat for
dedicated owners who are committed to
daily care beyond just feeding and putting water down. Potential health
affecting Himalayans include urological syndrome, polycystic kidney
corneal sequestrum and stenotic nares and it pays to know the signs of
While the Himalayan may
be a part of the Persian family they
are a distinct cat in their own right. This can be a great cat for the
home – can it be yours?
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