The Himalayan cat is certainly a very interesting specimen of felines, being often one of the most sought after by both animal breeders and also for people who are interested in having a pet, due to the fact that the Himalayan cat is docile, attractive and well with life, even having a home full of children that he will not be stressed at all. It is also known as Himalayan or Colourpoint.
THE Himalayan it is a good breed for homes with several pets, families with children and people who want to have a cat for the first time, given its easy temper. The cat of this breed has the fur and body of the Persian with the blue eyes of the Siamese.
Himalayan cat or Persian Colourpoint is the same thing. The name Himalayas or Himalayas is used in North America, as they have a dark color at the ends, like Himalayan rabbits. Elsewhere in the world, such as in European countries, it is known as Persian Colourpoint, or Persian Longhaired Cat, with coloring at the tips of the ears, tail, nose and paws. To obtain this new breed, researches and crosses with Siamese and Persian Cats of different colors were made.
The first by the long Colourpoints were closer to the Siamese than to the Persians, researchers began to “create” the breed around 1930, and only got definitive specimens of the breed after the 50s, and the breed was officially accepted in the USA in 1957. Some feline institutions classify the Colourpoint cat as an individual race, while others classify it as a kind of Siamese or a kind of Persian.
Himalayan cats are usually good companions, sweet, intelligent, sociable and very friendly. Because of the genes of Siamese cats, they tend to be more active than Persian cats, however without excesses. This cat is usually quiet, but some dogs like to meow, still being less vocal than the Siamese. Anyway, the Himalayas have a very pleasant voice.
They are above all very affectionate, playful and kind cats. THE Himalayan cat she would rather receive affection than destroy curtains, besides being very sensitive to the emotions and moods of her human. The breed likes this interaction with humans, but they are not that dependent, on the other hand if they wanted attention they are noticed with their calm voice and expressive blue eyes. Wait for a cat that will enjoy playing, either with expensive toys or a simple paper ball.
The Himalayan is nothing more than a Persian cat, but with Colorpoint fur, that is, a cat with the tip of colored hairs. Its head is massive, large and round, with well-pronounced cheeks. The eyes are big and very round, always blue and wide apart, giving him a sweet expression. Its ears are small, round at the tip, slightly sloping forward, not very open at the base and well spaced. Your nose should be placed in the eye line, with nostrils that can be well developed. The Himalyan has a medium to large size, its body should be in Cobby pattern, that is, short forming a square, in addition to muscular.
The legs are very short and strong, proportional to the body so that they can form a square set. Its tail is short and thick, proportional to the body and provided with a large amount of hair. Its coat is abundant, long and exuberant. The admitted colors are diverse, going through shades like chocolate, lilac, blue, red, among others. The points of Himalayan breed they are ears, paws, feet, tail and mask that should make the basic color of the cat visible. The body should be uniform in color with subtle shadows or darker areas in older cats, always showing a clear contrast between the colors of the dots and the color of the body.
Like many longhaired cats, Himalayan cats need to be brushed daily to keep their fur shiny. In addition, they may need to have their eyes and nose cleaned daily. Depending on the feline, bathing a Himalayan may be an option recommended by some breeders, so that it can help reduce the amount of oil on your skin.
Like all cats of different breeds, Himalayan cats veterinarians should visit veterinarians at least once a year, receiving frequent cleaning of their teeth is also an important situation since the cat of this breed creates tartar.
Due to their Persian descent, some of the Himalayans may have the gene that causes polycystic kidney disease, called PKD, although a genetic test may still reveal that cats have the PKD gene so that they can be either spayed or neutered.