The Himalayan cat is one of the most beautiful pure bred felines on the planet with their gorgeous colour pointed coats which is very similar to that of the Himalayan rabbit from which they take their name and their striking blue eyes. The breed came about by crossing Persians with Siamese cats and first appeared on the scene back in the nineteen twenties when they were known as Malayan Persians.
However, it was not until thirty or so years later that the breed was established by two breeders, one in the States and one in the UK when these lovely cats became a recognised breed and known as a Himalayan. They boast wonderfully kind natures which makes them a great choice as a family pet and if well cared for, they have a long lifespan from anything to 12 to 14 years.
Although the Himalayan as a breed has been around for quite a long time, first appearing on the scene in 1920 when they were known as Malayan Persians, the breed soon vanished and it was not until the fifties when two breeders, one in the States called Margeurita Goforth and one in the UK called Brian Sterling-Webb created the breed we see today. The Himalayan was originally recognised by the CFA in 1957, but then in their mid-eighties the breed was once again reclassified as a subtype of the Persian. Here in the UK, the breed was only given full recognition by the GCCF in 1955.
Himalayans boast beautiful coats with the same colour points as that of a Siamese cat. However, they boast the body shape and size of a Persian being medium to largish cats. They have very pretty, albeit flat faces and cute snub noses. Heads are broad and ears small. Eyes are wide set, large and a wonderful blue in colour which gives the breed such an adorable look. When it comes to colour points there are a variety of very striking colours which includes Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point and Lilac Point to name but four.
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These lovely looking cats boast very sweet and kind natures which makes them a wonderful choice as a family pet in a household with children. The Himalayan is renowned for their laid back natures and are a lot more placid than many other breeds. However, they are less active too which means keeping an eye on their weight is essential. They are super intelligent and very devoted felines that have inherited the "talkative" trait of the Siamese only slightly less so.
Because of their lush coats, the Himalayan does need to be regularly groomed in order to keep them tangle-free and to prevent cats developing hair-balls which they will do when they clean themselves. Like all cats, they need to be fed a top quality food that contains all the right levels of taurine, nutrients, vitamins and other essential things our feline friends need to stay healthy. It's also important to arrange regular check-ups with the vet and to have a Himalayan neutered or spayed when the time is right.
When it comes to health issues, the breed like so many other pedigree cats are prone to developing problems with their joints, Polycistic kidney disease (PKD) and due to their flatter faces, they can also suffer from respiratory disorders. Responsible breeders do their utmost to avoid any Himalayan kittens they produce developing these health issues which is why it's so important to contact a well established breeder if you are thinking about getting a one of these lovely cats.
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