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When you cross a Persian with a Siamese, you get a beautiful Himalayan. These animals with solid colored bodies look like they are wearing a mask because of their spikes. Himalayan cats are family animals that love to be the center of attention.

breed history

The Himalayan is a subspecies of the long-haired Persian. It has special features, such as blue eyes and point colors derived from crossing Persian cats with Siamese cats. The Cat Fanciers Association classifies the Himalayan as a variation of the Persian, not a subbreed of its own. The name is a reference to animals from the Himalayas, such as Himalayan rabbits, which have specific colors.

In the United States, Harvard University began crossing Persian cats with Siamese cats to produce Himalayan cats in the 1930s, but they were not officially registered. The same cross-breeding experiments were carried out in the UK, leading to the GCCF's recognition of the Longhaired Colourpoint variety in 1955.

It wasn't until 1948 that some breeders in the United States focused more on crossing Siamese and Persian cats, such as California cat breeders Jean Mill and Mrs. Goforth, who helped get the new Himalayan breed recognized by Cat Fancier. The association was established in 1957. This new breed developed over the next few decades, evolving into a less Siamese-like cat.



Features: Know Before You Buy

There are a few factors you should keep in mind before buying a Himalaya:

  • Himalayan cats are large cats and should have a large bone structure. They should be equally thick at the shoulders and rump. Himalaya should not be fat but should have bone structure to carry its weight
  • Virginia Cobb and Dr. Clyde Keeler first attempted to breed Himalayan cats in the 1930's, and the result was Newton's fledgling breed. Fast forward about 29 years, and in 1957, Marguerita Goforth bred the first Himalayan longhair cat, which she named Princess Hope the Himalayan.
  • Himalayan cats can have three different head shapes. People with baby faces and round heads usually have the fewest health problems. People with Pekingese faces or super-cut heads often suffer from breathing problems, malocclusion and cherry eyes.

character

Himalayan cats are happiest when they are on their owner's lap. You can expect it to always want to be with you or other family members. Also, most people don't have separation anxiety, so you can keep it working. However, if you leave your Himalayan cat alone for too long, expect to hear some noises. This cat's loving personality means it wants to be inclusive.

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Himalayan cats often make great pets for children, as long as they have some supervision to teach children how to behave around cats. Lots of Himalayans in cute clothes being pushed around in prams. They have a cheerful personality and like to be the center of attention.

These cats have a short active period. Then, they can go right back to sleep in the sun. They want you to confirm their presence with a gentle rub or talk to them once in a while, but they entertain themselves easily.

Breeders report that Himalayan bobcats with flame points or flaming bobcat points often have higher cluster counts than Himalayan bobcats with other color morphs. If you have an active family then this could be a great option. Or, if you're looking for a pastel lap cat, you may want to consider other color options.

Beautiful himalayan cat playing outside in the garden
The Himalayan Lynx loves to be around its family members at all times.

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size and weight

Male Himalayan goats are usually larger than females. Generally, males should weigh under 12 pounds, while females should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds.

Breeders originally crossed a Persian with a Siamese to create the Himalayan. In comparison, a male Persian cat should weigh between 9 and 12 pounds, and a female Persian between 7 and 11 pounds. So you can expect your Himalaya to be the same size or slightly larger.

Male Siamese cats weigh between 8 and 12 pounds. Female Siamese cats should weigh less than 8 pounds. Therefore, you can expect male Himalayan cats to be roughly the same size, while female Himalayan cats should be slightly larger.

Himalayan cats will reach their full size in about two years, much later than many domestic cat breeds. Since they are heavy-boned felines, their bones take longer to mature.

If you're looking for other cat breeds that can grow to roughly the same size, you might want to consider the Exotic Shorthair or Chinchilla. Alternatively, a Persian or Siamese cat can be a great addition to your home.

Chocolate point babyface Himalayan cat sitting in the garden with striking light blue eyes.
Breeders originally crossed a Persian with a Siamese to create the Himalayan.

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price

The price of a Himalayan cat can range from $200 to $2,500, depending on many different factors.

You can find Himalayan cats starting at around $1,000 from reputable breeders. Some of them are kittens, which make great pets but don't do well on the show stage. If you're interested in showing a Himalayan cat, then you'll probably pay more. Each state has about one or two breeders, many of whom have over 20 years of experience with the breed.

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If you are looking for adult show cats, keep in mind their previous bonuses and their parents' bonuses will affect the price.

Remember, the initial cost is just the starting price. You will need to pay for food, veterinary bills, toys and treats.

Himalayas isolated on white background
Buying a Himalayan goat from a reputable breeder can cost between $1000 and $2500.

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kitten

If you're considering a Himalayan kitten, don't be surprised if their acupuncture points are difficult to spot. When kittens are first born, they are not visible at all. The cue of the first dot will appear when the kitten is a few years old, but it will not be fully manifested until 12 to 18 months old.

Himalayan cats typically have three to six kittens. Everyone should be born with blue eyes and a pink nose. These felines are usually of average size. Rather than being born larger than other breeds and eventually growing, Himalayan goats take longer to mature.

If this is their first litter, expect a smaller litter from the Himalayas. Litter size usually increases with more experienced mothers.

Himalayan kittens are very fond of children. A breeder who has raised in California for 20 years talks about how she often visits her grandparents in Iowa during summer vacation. A Himalayan mother was about seven years old when she decided to give birth on her lap. At that moment, she knew she wanted to be a breeder.

Cute himalayan kitten lying on the bed.
Himalayan kittens do not fully show the first dot signs until they are 12 to 18 months old.

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life

The Himalayan breed was developed from the Persian and Siamese cat breeds. Both breeds are the longest-lived felines. The average life expectancy of a Persian is 15 to 20 years. Persian cats can develop some stomach problems as they age, as can Himalayan lynxes. The Siamese breed can also live to be between 15 and 20 years old. So it's no surprise that the Himalayan is one of the longest-lived cats.

While the breed calls for a broken face without an elongated nose, this can cause breathing problems in some Himalayans. Their distinctive chubby faces are also more prone to cherry eye and dental problems, which can become more difficult to manage as cats age.

Blue Eyed Himalayas
Himalayan goats have a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years.

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Variety and. mixed

If the Himalayan has no points, then it's probably a mixed breed. These spots are darker around the ears, mask, legs, paws, and tail. The color of their paws and nose pads should also match their color.

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All Himalayan cats have blue eyes. If the cat's eyes are a different color, then you can suspect they are a mixed breed.

The Himalayan cat is a long-haired cat. In fact, in 2014, Colonel Meow was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-haired cat. His hair is 9 inches long. While not every cat has the same hair length as Colonel Meow, if a cat doesn't have long coats, it's not a purebred Himalayan.

Himalayan cats also have a double coat. There are short hairs underneath the long hairs. If you leave the cat out for a few days without brushing and don't notice a matted undercoat, it's probably a mixed breed cat.

If the animal is gray, then it is a hybrid. There is no such thing as a gray Himalaya. So the gray is a dead giveaway, it's not a purebred Himalayan.

Himalayan cats have a double coat with short hairs underneath the long hairs.

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Himalayan Cat Types and Colors

Various organizations recognize Himalayan cats in many different colors. When Cat Fanciers of America first approved the breed in 1959, they approved three point colors, and they are still popular today. they are:

  • Seal – deep seal brown spots, nose leather and paw pads on fawn to white cats
  • Blue – blue spots on blue and white cats with stone blue nose leather and paw pads
  • Chocolate – milk chocolate spots on an ivory cat with cinnamon pink nose leather and paw pads

Then, in 1964, the association added flame points and brioche points. Flame spots are dark orange flames to crimson spots on milky white cats. These white cats should have coral pink nose leather and paw pads. Cats with brioche spots should be sealed with undisturbed red or cream patches. This is one of the few color combinations where cats can use either coral pink or seal brown nose leather and paw pads.

In 1972, the color selection expanded again with the introduction of Blue Cream, Blue Cream, and in 1979, Cream, Cream. Since then, the group has expanded to include many different point colors. Other example points are Tabby, Lynx or Tortoiseshell-patterned.

Pet house cats generally eat cat food, but will also eat rodents, birds, and fruit.

What to Feed Himalayan Cats

best overall

We can probably all agree that Himalayan cats are beautiful, and their long, soft coat is one of the traits that enhance their beauty. For pet owners, this is a factor to consider when deciding what food to feed them. Himalayans are more prone to hairballs, which can hinder their digestion. The best food is one that helps them digest the hair and move it through their system.

We recommend a food, such as Blue Buffalo Wilderness Indoor Hairball and Weight Control Formula, which not only helps your cat shed hairballs, but it's a high-fiber, grain-free food that will also help your cat maintain a healthy weight.

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Himalayans are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and other animals.

The Himalayas belong to the animal kingdom.

Himalayans belong to the phylum Chordate.

Himalayans belong to the class Mammalia.

The Himalayan Lynx belongs to the cat family.

Himalayans belong to the order Carnivora.

The Himalayas are covered in hair.

Himalayan cats belong to the genus Felis.

The average number of babies in the Himalayas is 4.

The scientific name of the Himalayas is Felis catus.