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At a glance
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Eyes: Blue
- Energy: Low
- Temperament: Sweet, placid, friendly
- Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
- Colours: Seal, chocolate, blue, lilac some cat councils may accept additional colours
- Grooming: Requires weekly grooming
- Other names: Himmy
The Himalayan is a pointed Persian cat. They are known for their easygoing nature and quiet disposition. A moderate to large breed of cat, with a beautiful long coat that has darker points on the extremities.
A Himalayan (or Himmie) is essentially a Persian cat with colourpoint markings. The CFA considers the Himalayan to be a Persian, while other cat bodies recognise them as a separate breed. The breed takes its name from Himalayan rabbits who have a similar coat colour.
Himalayans were developed by crossing Siamese with Persian cats to create a Persian-type cat with colour point markings. Attempts began in the 1920s by crossing a Siamese with a white Persian. These cats were named “Malayan Persians” however they quickly disappeared.
In the 1950s two breeders by the name of Marguerita Goforth of Goforth Cattery in San Diego and Brian Sterling-Webb of Richmond in Surrey began establishing separate breeding programmes with the goal of creating a colour pointed Persian.
The CFA recognised the Himalayan in 1957, but in 1984 decided to re-classify the Himalayan as a Persian subtype. In Britain, the breed received official recognition with the GCCF in 1955.
Image Nick Dellamaggiore, Flickr
The Himalayan is a sweet and good-natured breed of cat. They tend to be more placid than other breeds of cat, but that’s not to say they don’t enjoy playing. But are generally a less active breed. They are intelligent, loyal, devoted and can be quite talkative, but not as much as their Siamese ancestors.
Due to their gentle and laid back nature, Himalayan cats get along well with children.
Image Steve Hardy, Flickr
The Himalayan is a medium to large sized cat with a cobby body. He has the coat colouring of the Siamese but the body type of a Persian.
The face is flat, with a snub nose, broad head and small ears, eyes are large, wide set and blue.
The Himalayan comes in a number of colour points, some of which include: Seal Point, Blue Point, Chocolate Point, Lilac Point, Red Point, Cream Point, Seal Tortie Point, Blue-Cream Point, Chocolate Tortie Point, Lilac Cream Point, Seal Tabby Point, Blue Tabby Point, Chocolate Tabby Point, Lilac Tabby Point, Red Tabby Point, Cream Tabby Point.
Image Jon-Eric Melsæter, Flickr
It is important to understand that the Himalayan requires regular grooming to keep the coat in good condition and matt-free. Grooming should be done daily, it only takes 5-10 minutes and if started from an early age, can be an enjoyable experience for both cat and human.