The Himalayan Cat is an affectionate and patient cat. She shows affection, yet she is picky. She might be reserved among guests, despite the fact that she enjoys sitting in your lap and being pet. The Himmie thrives best in calm, quiet situations with few daily changes.
She doesn’t climb your drapes or leap on your counters because she is pleased to stay at home by herself. She still enjoys playing with toy mice or even a ball of crumpled paper, despite this.
She resembles the Persian in almost every way other than her colorpoint and eye colour. Himalayans have a broad, rounded head, short nose, full cheeks, and round, widely spaced eyes. Small, round-tipped ears sit above her face. Instead of being chubby, Himalayans have a robust, muscular body with a thick neck and short, powerful legs.
9 to 15 years
Like the Siamese, the Himalayan has a light-colored body with darker ears, a facial mask, and a tail. Himmies are available in a broad variety of point hues, including everything from chocolate to lilac to red. The Himalayan Cat, like her Siamese predecessors, has blue eyes solely, unlike her Persian progenitor.
Daily grooming is necessary to prevent mats and tangles in their long coat and to remove the stray hair since the Himalayans shed.
Himalayan cats, like all purebred cats, are subject to several health problems that may or may not be genetic in origin. Particular health issues for the breed related to its facial structure include:
- breathing problems
- crooked teeth
- excessive tear production, entropion, and progressive retinal degeneration, among other eye disorders
In addition to the aforementioned, this breed is more susceptible to the following health issues:
- Syndrome of feline hyperesthesia
- sensitivity to heat
- renal polycystic disease
- Due to their lengthy coats, which are more difficult to maintain, they are more likely to develop ringworm.
- A skin condition called seborrhea oleosa that can result in red, itchy skin
Virginia Cobb, a cat breeder, and Dr. Clyde Keeler of Harvard started breeding Persian and Siamese cats together in 1931 to investigate the transmission of the colorpoint gene. Cobb and Keeler’s techniques were used by breeders in Britain and North America in the 1950s as they attempted to advance the breed. Once the breed had a solid reputation, they applied to cat groups for recognition.
In 1957, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognised the Himalayan as a distinct breed; however, in 1984, the breed was reclassified as a subtype of Persian. The American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) and other groups assign the Himalayan her own category, whereas the International Cat Association (TICA) classifies the breed as belonging to their Persian group.