The popular Himalayan, nicknamed the Himmy, is a colorpoint version of the Persian, although at least one cat registry considers him a stand-alone breed. He was created by crossing the Siamese and the Persian and then breeding the offspring until the desired characteristics were achieved.
Did You Know the Himalayan is Not a Jumper or a Climber?
Although the Siamese was used to develop the Himalayan, it is no longer part of Himalayan breeding programs. Be wary of breeders who describe their kittens as Siamese-Himalayan or Siamese-Persian crosses.
The Himmy combines the best of two very different breeds. Like the Persian, he has small ears, large round eyes, a snub nose and a sweet expression. His long, beautiful coat, which comes in seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, cream, lynx points and many more colors and patterns, brings Siamese style to a short, heavy-boned Persian-style body.
This is a people-oriented cat with the sweet and sedate personality of the Persian, the “what-cha doin’ and how can I help?” attitude of the Siamese and, of course, the striking points and bold blue eyes of the Siamese. He communicates with his expressive eyes and his soft, melodious voice. The affectionate Himmy loves a lap, but if you’re busy with other things, he will be there to supervise, perhaps while playing with a favorite toy. He’s not a jumper or climber, instead posing regally on a chair or sofa. Himalayans are adaptable and will make themselves just as at home with a loud, boisterous family as with a pair of empty-nesters, as long as they have everyone’s complete devotion.
Be patient. If you want a particular colorpoint, you may have to wait six months or more for the right kitten to be available. Many breeders won’t release kittens to their new homes until they are between 12 and 16 weeks of age.
Other Quick Facts About the Himalayan
Some cat registries such as American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association consider the Himalayan a distinct breed, while the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Association view him as a variety of Persian.
The medium-size to large Himalayan looks soft and round, but his stocky body, covered in a long, flowing coat, should be solid, not fat. He has a large, round, domed head set on a short, thick neck; small ears; and a snub nose. Large round eyes give him a sweet expression.