Himalayan cat is one of the popular breeds and they are a breed or sub-breed of a long-haired cat.
Their body type and their look are identical to the Persian, except for their blue eyes and their point colouration, which were derived from the Siamese.
They are also known as Himalayan Persian or Colourpoint Persian and they are commonly referred in European countries.
They were got longhair from Persian and colourpoint and blue eyes from Siamese. According to World Cat Federation, they are the Colorpoint Shorthair.
Some registries show that Himalayan is a long-haired sub-breed of Siamese or a colourpoint sub-breed of Persian.
They have a round body and short legs, which makes them to easily jump as high as other cats jumping.
The weight of the male cat is less than 12 lbs and the weight of the female cat is between 8 to 12 lbs. Their eye colour is Blue, Copper and Green.
They live between 8 to 11 years and some cats live for 14 years also. The length of their coat is long and characteristics are straight.
They mostly saw in colours like Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Black, Flame, Red, Cream, Tortoiseshell, Frost, Silver, Golden, Brown, Fawn and Cinnamon.
They are a medium-sized breed and they are massive and heavily boned. They are extreme looking breed and their body is short, thick legs and a short, thick neck.
Their boning is heavy and the tail is short and the ears are small. Their head is round and their eyes are large and round.
This breed is placid and when they suddenly explode, running and rolling around the room they will sleeping in the sun.
Types of Himalayan cat
There are two types of Himalayans are there like other Persians, one is traditional or doll-face and another one is the peke-faced or ultra-typed.
Peke-faced cats have the more squashed-looking facial features. They display a nose break as do peke-faced Persians and have large, round eyes with the nose between the eyes.
Their nose is longer and longer muzzle and smaller eyes than the show cats.
They come in many coat points such as blue, lilac, seal, chocolate, cream and red or flame point.
Bluepoint is the cats whose coat colour is blue and they are confined to the points such as the feet, ears, tail and face mask.
Lilac Point is the brighter version of the blue point and their Body colour is white and bright. Seal Point has Seal brown colour on the points.
Chocolate Point has Chocolate brown colour on the points such as face mask, ears, tail, and legs and they are opposed to the darker seal brown. Their body colour is whiter and brighter than on seal-point cats.
Different between the chocolate and seal point is the colour of their paw pads. They will have pink paw pads, whereas the seal point will have dark brown paw pads.
If both parent cats do not have dilutes like blue, cream or blue-cream then the offspring is a flame point.
When kittens have flame and cream colours then they are known as the cream point. When their coat colour is hot creams and light reds and their Body colour are whiter and brighter than they are seal point cats.
The colour of their fur is white or cream but their points come in many different colours like Seal or Black, Blue, Lilac, Chocolate, Red or Flame and Cream. Their points can also be Tabby, Lynx and Tortoiseshell-patterned.
The Chocolate and Lilac point is the most difficult to produce because of their production both parents must carry the gene for Chocolate and Lilac to produce a kitten and the trait is also an autosomal recessive.
Their coat requires daily attention and they must be brushed and combed in order to keep the coat from tangling and Their flat face must be carefully cleaned.
They have the gene that causes Polycystic kidney disease because of their Persian ancestry. However, a genetic test can reveal that which cats have PKD gene, so that they may be spayed.
They need to be brushed daily to keep their coats looking their best and healthiest like many long-haired cats.
They need their face wiped daily and Bathing is also recommended by some breeders, which help to reduce the oil from the cat’s fur and skin.
They need to have their nutrition controlled if they want to stay in good condition. They are not known for a high degree of exercise because attention must be paid to their nutrition and exercise.
They need exercise to keep in top condition and they like to play with there parent and they also like to play with interactive toys, chase balls and attack catnip mice.
The idea of creating Persian with the pointed pattern had desired by breeders and Breeders start Working toward this goal, Persian cats with coloured points.
In the year 1930, they were produced in the United States by Marguerita Gorforth, Virginia Cobb and Dr Clyde Keeler.
In the year 1935, British breeders start a breeding program to produce these cats in England, after British breeders had visited the United States to see the Himalayan.
The breeding program in England had stopped during World War II but this program was reinstated afterwards.
In the year 1950, they were accepted for recognition and the first United States champion was Goforth’s LaChiquita, who gained this title with the ACFA.
In the year 1960, every United States registry of Himalayan cat had accepted for recognition in the show ring. This breed is considered a pointed Persian but they are sometimes called as Persian-Himalayan or Himalayan-Persian.