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Breed: Himalayan:

  • The Himalayn resulted from crossing Siamese and Persians.
  • The result is a cat with a long, thick coat of the Persian and the coloring of the Siamese.
  • The color points of the Himalayan are not as intense as in the Siamese.
  • The Himalayan combines the personality of both ancestors -- not as relaxed as the Persian and not as active as the Siamese, but a nice outgoing, yet relaxed cat.
  • Himalayans can be rather large, weighing up to 15 pounds.
  • Their body is large to medium sized, set low on the legs.
  • They have round, large heads with small ears.
  • Himalayans have large, round eyes of brillant blue.
  • Their legs are short and thick ending in large, tufted paws.
  • The coat is long, thick, and silky and should not be wooly.
  • The color should be concentrated in the "points" with minimal shading on the body.
  • The points are the tail, paws, ears, and face.
  • The colors on the points can be blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red, seal, blue-cream, chocolate tortie, lilac-cream, or seal tortie.


The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Bruce Fogel, DVM, DK Publishing, Inc., New York, 1997, pp. 108-109.