The Himalayan cat is a medium-sized cat, very similar in appearance to the Persian cat and maintains many of its features, such as a round body and short legs.
Himalayans differ from Persians in their eye colour and coat variations – the Himalayan eye colour is blue and it has a white/cream coat with black, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, tabby or tortoiseshell colourpoints, a result of crossing with the Siamese cat.
As with their Persian cousins, the Himalayan cat has two facial variations:traditional/doll-faced, or peke-faced (named after the Pekingese dog with squashed-looking features).
Himalayans usually weigh around 5 kg, but females may weigh less and males may weigh more. They generally stand between 25 and 30 cm tall and have a lifespan of 9 – 15 years.
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Himalayans make great indoor pets. They possess the best characteristics from the Siamese and the Persian. Their activity levels lay between that of the Siamese and Persian, so they’re equally happy to play as they are to relax, making them great family pets
They are loyal and affectionate cats who require lots of attention and love but tend to play favourites among their owners. They are very social, sweet and intelligent, and have been known to be quite talkative.
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The Himalayan cat was created by Dr. Clyde Keeler and Virginia Cobb in the 1930s by crossbreeding a Persian and Siamese cat. The first Himalayan cat was a result of the fourth generation of these crossbreedings. Keeler and Cobb named the new breed the Himalayan after its coat which resembled that of rabbits and goats living in the Himalayas.
In the 1980s, efforts were made to strengthen the Persian side of the Himalayan, leading the breed to frequently be listed as a Persian sub-breed. The International Cat Association recognises the Himalayan as a separate breed, but the Cat Fanciers Association sees it as a shorthaired Persian variation.
The Persian cat was ranked the number 1 most popular cat in the US by the Cat Fanciers Association, and it is possible that the Himalayan’s popularity as a sub-breed helped contribute to that of the Persian.
The Atlantic Himalayan Club: http://www.himalayan.org/index.php