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Himalayan Cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: North America and Britain
Colors: White or beige with the colorpoint pattern
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Daily
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Easy to handle

Himalayans are very affectionate cats whose choice will be to cuddle up to you rather than to run around your house breaking vases and other memorable knick-knacks.

Breed video: Himalayan cat

Having a gorgeous fur of the Persian and a pattern of the Siamese, Himalayan cats are sometimes considered Pointed Pattern (Colorpoint) Persians.

Physical characteristics

Except the coat pattern, Himalayans have nearly the same appearance as the Persian. They are medium to large cats with a short snub nose, muscular legs, a massive round head, and a comparatively short tail. Adult males weigh 9 to 14 pounds; females - 7 to 11 pounds. The face of Himmies can be two types: the Traditional and Extreme. The latter is preferred in cat shows, but the Traditional one is very popular among cat owners, too. Both the types have round blue eyes, full cheeks, a developed chin, and rounded, relatively small ears. The distinctive feature of the Extreme type is, according to its name, an extremely flat face. In many cases, the nose is almost as high as the eyes. In the Traditional type, the nose is not that high.

Temperament

Himalayans are very affectionate cats whose choice will be to cuddle up to you rather than to run around your house breaking vases and other memorable knick-knacks. Some says that Himmies have the same gentle character as Persian cats, but some will insist that there is some difference such more talkativeness and a higher activity level. There is no need to worry, though - Himmies are quite quiet cats who will seldom if ever wake you up in the night with yowling meows like, for example, Siamese cats tend to do. Himmies' voice is quiet and gentle. Their eyes are another expressive way to let you know what they want. Just like other cats, Himmies quickly learn how to wrap you around their furry paws and make you do what they need. Slightly more playful than the Persian, Himmies may enjoy an occasional fetch game.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Himmalayan cats is long, silky, and very thick. The body colour can be white or beige. The point colours can be many: chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, red, cream tortie, blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, red lynx, cream lynx, tortie lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate-tortie lynx and lilac-cream lynx. Whatever the colours are, the contrast between the body and points is always pretty obvious. Some slight shading of the body colour is allowed in older Himmies.
As well as for Persians, daily grooming is a must to keep the fabulous fur of Himmies in a good state. Otherwise, you cat may look miserable and have nothing similar at all with those in cat exhibitions.

Health

Just like the Persian, Himalayan cats may be liable to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), excessive ear tearing, and breathing problems. However, some breeders claim that Himmies do not have so much trouble with it as Persians.