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The Himalayan, or Himmie as they are also known, is a breed of cat, with long hair, that was developed from the crossing of the Persian breed with the Siamese. The resultant breed was one that was identical in type to the Persian, but had blue eyes and a different coloration. In Europe, the Himalayan is widely know as the Colorpoint Persian. The CFA do not recognize the Himalayan as a separate breed, they instead believe it to be a color variation of the Persian breed. Himalayan cats have a rounded body with short legs. This makes them less agile than most cats, unable to jump as high.


These cats are very gentle and calm but can be just as playful as any other breed, especially in their youth. The Himalayan cat can entertain itself for hours with a small ball or toy. This breed is highly devoted and loving to its owners, following them from room to room and cuddling up with them on a sofa. These cats do need the affection of their owners in return and especially enjoy being petted or groomed. Intelligent and social, these cats make excellent companions and are not as wary of strangers as many cat breeds are. Thought of as a fairly placid cat, the Himalayan is comfortable lying around while its owner is out. Despite this they are also thought to be more active than the Persian cat. These cats are definitely indoor cats and are perfect for apartment dwellers.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 12 pounds (6kg)

    Female: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    The Persian Himalayan tends to live from 8-11 years.

  • Litter Size

    3 -5 kittens is the average litter size.

  • Grooming

    The coat of the Himalayan needs to be thoroughly groomed on a daily basis. It is thick, long and very full and needs to be brushed and combed to keep it in the best condition. The face also needs to be cleaned carefully quite often.

  • Recognition


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