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Himalayan

Basic Himalayan Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 18 years
  • Weight: 9 - 12 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Himalayan


Himalayan Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Himalayan History

  • Himalayan cats owe their origins to responsible breeders who carefully crossbred two popular breeds: Persians to Siamese to create a new hybrid breed with Siamese point coloring and a Persian's long hair.
  • A British breeder named Brian Sterling-Webb devoted 10 years to create a longhaired color point cat and earned breed recognition from the Governing Council of Cat Fancy in 1955. Two years later, Marguerita Goforth, a California breeder, successfully petitioned the Cat Fanciers Association to recognize the Himalayan as a new breed. CFA recognized four Himalayan colors - seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point.
  • In 1966, the first Himalayan earned a CFA grand championship title.
  • In 1984, the CFA combined the Himalayan and Persian breeds, making the Himalayan a separate division of the Persian breed, which ranks No. 1 in popularity among its 41 recognized breeds.


Himalayan Behavior Concerns

  • This gentle, quiet, sweet-tempered breed is a little more active than Persians and a little less active than Siamese. They welcome playtime, but also enjoy warming laps.
  • Himalayans are intelligent and polite, especially when meeting houseguests.
  • They are not overly vocal, but speak more in a melodious tone than a demanding meow.
  • This breed, when properly introduced, co-exists nicely with other cats and dogs.
  • Himalayans prefer being "four on the floor" type cats rather than climbing up on high places or leaping.


Look of Himalayans

  • This breed's head features a round face, big, round blue eyes, small, round-tipped ears, short, snub nose and a well-developed chin.
  • The cobby type body is heavily boned with sturdy, short thick legs, round paws and a short tail that is in proportion to its body length.
  • The long, fluffy coat is thick and of fine texture. The body is white or cream, however the points come in a wide range of solid colors or tabby or tortoiseshell patterns. Flame points and tortoiseshell points rank as them most popular Himalayan looks.


Grooming Himalayan Cats

  • Himalayans require daily brushing to keep their longhaired coats from developing tangles and mats.
  • You also need to wipe the face daily with a damp washcloth to prevent eye tear staining.


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Himalayans

  • This breed has no special nutritional needs, but benefits by being fed high-quality commercial diets.


Fun Facts of Himalayans

  • A Himalayan named Mr. Jinx was the feline star in the movies, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers that starred Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. This breed is a popular choice in many other Hollywood flicks, including Date Movie, Homeward Bound and Prince of Tennis.
  • Martha Stewart owns seven Himalayan cats, all named after famous composers.
  • Also known as colorpoint Persians in Europe and affectionately as "Himmy" worldwide.


Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.


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