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The Himalayan cat is essentially a Persian cat with the "pointed" color pattern of a Siamese cat.

This is a big beautiful cat with full coat and large round head. 

In this particular breed, the face and muzzle can be somewhat, or quite dramatically flattened depending on breeding. Because of the range of facial flatness that is allowed in the standard, you may 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 the 1950's. 

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 separate breed from the Persian but the CFA recognizes it as simply a color variation of the Persian referred 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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The personality of the Himalayan cat is mellow, gentle and friendly. 

A nice 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 for 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.  

The Himalayan cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is one of the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cats, but is seen as a color variety of the Persian and not as its own breed. 

Many other organizations recognize it as a separate breed, and there is a distinct personality found only in Himalayans.

These are large, full-bodied cats that share some of the Persians health issues such as eye and sinus problems. 

The coat may be an issue for folks with a busy schedule. These cats MUST BE BRUSHED at the very least twice a week to avoid mats that can lead to skin problems. 

Potential owners must consider the upkeep, but will in return get a loyal. gentle companion. Because it enjoys interaction and is easy-going, the Himalayan can make a superb family pet that forms attachments with all members of the family, most especially children.-Himalayan Cat Facts 

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Himalayan 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 young.

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. 

In this way they are comfortable around grooming tools, and get set with the routine and usually become quite content to relax and be pampered. 

Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten. 

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.

In 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.

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Head 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.

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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.


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  • The Himalayan cat is not from the Himalayan mountains. Although their coat might be suited for the climb, they were developed in Europe, and named "Himalayan" after the rabbit of the same color

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