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The Himalayan

Posted September 27, 2013 in Cat Breeds

Background:

The first Himalayan was found in 1931, apparently a result of crossbreeding between a Persian and a Siamese. At first the International Cat Association (TICA) grouped Himalayans together with Persians and Exotic Shorthairs under a single “Persian Breed Group.”

Fun Fact: In the Homeward Bound movies (1993-1996) one of the main characters is a Himalayan cat named Sassy.

Cat Facts:

  • The Himalayan can also be known as the Colourpoint Persian.
  • The coat of a Himalayan is either white or cream but the points can come in several colors: seal, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, blue, or sometimes even patterned.
  • This is a medium sized breed with a long, soft coat.
  • Because Himalayans have such short legs, they have a hard time jumping as high as most other cats can.

What is the Himalayan Like?

Himalayans tend to be quiet and easygoing cats. Instead of trying to get to that top shelf in the kitchen you’ll find them on something closer to the ground and much softer. 

Just because they’re on the more detached side, doesn’t mean they don’t love affection though. One thing these little cats like best is curling up on your lap or just being in your presence. 

Since they have Persian ancestry, some Himalayans have the gene that causes “Polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Takeaway Points:

  • Like all longhaired cats, grooming is more of a must than it would be for shorthairs. A daily brushing should do the trick.
  • To keep this cat occupied all you need are a few plush toys to grab their attention.
  • This breed is not very fond of young children. They are more suited in a home with older children that won’t dress them up or chase after them.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.