The Himalayan cat is essentially a Persian cat with the "pointed" color pattern of a Siamese cat.
In this particular
breed, the face and muzzle can be somewhat, or quite
flattened depending on
of the range of facial flatness that is allowed in the standard, you
see Himalayan cats that look so different they don't appear to be the
same breed. They are, though, and it is just a question of
the breeders tastes when it comes to the face contours.
Flat nose or not, the
personality of the cat is generally consistant among the styles.
This cat was developed
when breeders began crossing Persians with Siamese cats in
This mix of breeds proved
to be a wonderful combination. Himalayan cats retain much
of the personality of the Persian with the
striking coloring and a
little extra pizzazz from the Siamese.
Some cat breed
organizations recognize the Himalayan as a
seperate breed from the Persian but the CFA recognizes it as simply a
variation of the Persian refferred to as a "Color-point Persian".
There is definately a
distinct Himalayan personality, most notably in that so many of
them have a particularly strong attraction and attachment to children.
Even with the special traits and slightly more active tendencies, the Himalayan is a Persian lap cat at heart, that loves to lounge about being petted, brushed and fussed over. They adore human contact but don't rise to the point of pestering to get it. They are unparralelled domestic companions and sweet, good-natured, beautiful cats.
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gentle mellow sweet
very patient loves children!long coat average shedding lots of special care required
The personality of the Himalayan cat
gentle and friendly.
choice for busy folks because they
don't mind being left alone and are
not cloying when you are at home.
This can also be an awesome choice
families because Himalayans seem inclined
to form wonderful, close
bonds with gentle children.
They are lower on the energy scale than some cats, but may be a little more playful than other Persians, do to the Siamese influence. It is not uncommon for Himalayan cats to learn to fetch and some seem to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the leash.
kittens are not quite as boisterous and rambunctious as some other
breeds. They usually have the gentle, mild temperment of an adult, even
when quite yound. Because
grooming will be a regular part of this cats life, it is an excellent
idea to start gently brushing your little kitten once or
twice a week, even if they don't have their adult coats. This way they
are comfortable around grooming
tools and get set with the routine and usually become quite content to
relax and be pampered.
is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken
when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when
carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under
counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong
urge to explore.
Appearance, the Himalayan kitten may not look very much like
an adult. They are born a solid white
or cream color and don't develop pointed markings for a few
weeks. It also takes time for their lovely, long coat to grow
in, and a young Himalayan won't gain full size, color and coat texture
till their second year.
This is a very well-known and very popular breed that tends to be readily available. So if you are looking for a pure bred Himalayan kitten to buy you may not have to search long to find a Himalayan cat breeder.
Shape: The head should be round and massive with great
breadth of skull. Round face with round underlying bone structure. Head
well set on short, thick neck. Jaws broad and powerful, with cheeks
full and prominent. In profile, forehead, nose and chin should appear
to form a perpendicular line. Nose snub, as broad as it is long, and
with a break. Break to be no higher than the middle of the eye. Top of
nose leather no higher than the middle of the eye. Chin well developed.
Ears: Small, round tipped, tilted forward and not unduly open at the
base. Set far apart and low on the head fitting into, and without
distorting, the rounded contour of the head. Eyes: Large, round, and
full. Set wide apart, giving sweet expression to the face. The pointed
Himalayan must have blue eyes, the deeper the better. Non-pointeds must
be copper in all colors except Silver and Golden Tabbies, these two
colors must have green eyes. Deeper shades preferred. Allowance to be
made for color variations in kittens.
Body and Tail: Cobby in type. Low on legs, deep in the chest, equally massive across the shoulders and rump. Back level, short, rounded midsection. Medium to large in size. Quality and proportion the determining consideration. Legs/Feet: Legs should be short, thick and heavily boned. Forelegs should slant inward very slightly from breadth of chest adding to sturdy appearance. Feet should be large, round and firm with toes close together; five toes in front and four behind. Tail: Short, straight, but in proportion to the body. Carried without a curve and at an angle lower than the back.
Coat: Long and thick, standing off from the body. Of fine texture, glossy and full of life. Long all over the body, including the shoulders. Ruff immense and continuing in a deep frill between the front legs. Ear and toe tufts long. Tail full. Seasonal variations of the coat shall be recognized.
Pattern: The mask, ears, legs and tail should be clearly defined in darker shade but to merge gently into the body color on legs. foot pads and nose leather to be included in point color as described in color standard. Allowance is to be made for body darkening in older cats and for lighter and incomplete markings in kittens and young cats as certain colors are slow to develop..
Overall Appearance: This should be a large, broad-bodied cat with a grand head, full face, and sweet expression. The coat should be profuse. A beautiful cat of calm nature easily handled and gentle in disposition.