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Himalayan Breed Summary

Loyal, Affectionate, Social, Intelligent

The Himalayan is often jokingly referred to as a Persian in a Siamese costume! A hybrid of Persian and Siamese cats, these kitties have the long, silky coat of a Persian and the pointed coloring and bright blue eyes of a Siamese.

Medium to large in size, these cuddly cats are gentle giants of the feline world – so it's easy to see why people are feel-ine a lot of love for them, especially due to their sweet, docile temperament, playful behavior and affection for their people. A calm and devoted cat, the Himalayan makes an excellent family pet and are especially suited to a quieter home.

Fun Fact: In 2012, a Himalayan called Colonel Meow set the Guinness record for the cat with the longest hair!

Lifespan 9 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females: 10in – 11.8in
Weight Males and Females: 11lb – 13lb
Coat Fine, glossy double coat
Color The bulk of their body can range from white to fawn, with the colorpoint marking coming in a wide range of hues, including: blue, lilac, seal, chocolate, tortoiseshell
Eye color Blue, copper, green
Common health issues Breathing problems, cherry eye, entropion, progressive hyperesthesia syndrome, polycystic kidney disease, ringworm, seborrhea oleosa
Other Names Himmy, Himalayan Persian, Colorpoint Persian
Chilled out by nature, the Himalayan is a relaxed kitty that can exhibit kitten-like activity where and when they feel like it; one moment they'll be sleeping in the sun and the next they'll be running around the room and rolling around!

'Himmies', as they're sometimes called, are furbulous indoor companions. While they're generally gentle and sweet cats, they also possess a playful side as well; they'll happily play a game of fetch and they enjoy playing with their toys for hours, or, until it's time for their next cat-nap!

These cats crave affection and depend on their humans for protection and companionship. While they love being petted and groomed, they aren't overly demanding of attention due to their relaxed nature.

The history of the Himalayan can be traced to the 1920s and '30s, when breeders wanted to produce a cat with a typical Persian body but with the markings of a Siamese. The first signs of success were seen in America in 1924, when White Persians were crossed with Siamese – resulting in what was called the 'Malayan Persian'. Successful crossbreeds were also found in Sweden.

In 1930, Dr. Clyde Keeler of Harvard University and Virginia Cobb began a breeding program in order to access how certain traits could be inherited. The first litter produced a litter of black, short haired kittens which were the result of crossing a Siamese female with a black Persian male. A black Persian female then mated with a Siamese male to produce a litter with a similar result. Dr. Keeler then crossed a female from the second litter with a male from the first. The result? A cat named "Debutante", the first Himalayan kitten!

After the Second World War, an American breeder named Marguerita Goforth succeeded in creating the sought-after Persian-like colorpoint. It was officially recognized as a new breed by the Cat Fanciers' Association and American Cat Fanciers' Association in 1957. In 1984, the DFA united the Persian and Himalayan breed, claiming they had similar body types. Even today, some cat organizations do not give this breed its own separate name. However, this breed now has Championship status in all associations (as the Himalayan or Persian).