Side view of a purebreed Himalayan
Photograph by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason. Some rights reserved.
Himalayan cats are the result of breeding between Persians and Siamese cats. They have a heavy, powerful build and a thick coat like Persians, but are colourpoints like the Siamese. They have round heads, large blue eyes, small ears, and short noses. They are quite muscled, but move gracefully. Their tails are of medium length, but are quite dense and plume at the ends. Himalayans are the most popular of all Persians and their offshoots, and come in a large variety of colours.
Seal, lilac, red, blue, chocolate, tortie point, blue-cream, tabby point.
These cats are friendly and outgoing pets. They have wonderful personalities and are eager to take part in daily activities. They like to follow their owners around the home, and are extremely affectionate and loving. Himalayans are loyal pets and get along well with other cats and placid dogs. They are easily intimidated, so more boisterous dogs and young children will scare them.
Households with young children and aggressive or over-enthusiastic dogs are not recommended for Himalayan cats as they are quite easily intimidated. However, homes with older children are perfectly suitable for these cats, as are apartments. Himalayans are also good companions for the elderly.
Himalayans will need daily brushing to maintain the good condition of their coats. They should also be kept as strictly indoors cats.
The crossbreeding of Persians and Siamese cats resulted in the Himalayan cat. The first crossing occurred in 1924, and was followed be further trials in the 1930s. The 1950s saw the type established, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it was accepted as an official breed by authorities.