The Himalayan is a hybrid breed that is identical to the Persian except for the points on the cats’ extremities (the face mask, feet, ears, and tail), resulting in a Persian-type cat with the coloration and deep blue eyes of a Siamese-patterned cat. The perfect Himalayan is a strong cat with superb boning and muscle, a cat that is well-balanced and exudes robust strength.
“Himmies,” as they are commonly referred to, are excellent indoor cat companions. They are kind, peaceful, and sweet-tempered, with a playful side to them. Himalayans, like Siamese, enjoy playing fetch, and a scrap of crumpled paper or a kitten toy will keep them entertained for hours, or until their next nap. Himalayans are loyal and reliant on people for companionship and security. For more information about a specific pet, please contact the adoption group. They, like their Persian brothers, are normally calm and will not pester you for attention in the way that some breeds will. They have the same activity level as the Persian and are not as vocal as the Siamese.
A Swedish scientist created the first purposeful hybrid between a Siamese and a Persian in 1924. The first pointed pattern longhair was born in 1935. Two Harvard medical researchers combined a Siamese female with a black Persian male in the early 1930s, not to create a new breed, but to determine how certain features were passed. This pairing resulted in a litter of black kittens with short hair. They then crossed a Siamese male with a black Persian female.
The result has been the same. This is not surprising given that both longhair and the colorpoint pattern are controlled by recessive genes. In order for the qualities to be expressed in the offspring, both parents must have the genes. By crossing a female from the second litter with a male from the first, they created Debutante, a cat with the Siamese body type and color pattern as well as the Persian’s long hair. During the same year, fanciers in the United Kingdom and the United States aspired to create a pointed pattern breed with Persian hair type and conformation.
These attempts were hampered by World War II. Marguerita Goforth, an American, succeeded in cultivating the long-awaited Persian-like colorpoint in 1950. In 1957, the CFA and ACFA recognized the breed as Himalayan, after the color pattern found in other animals such as the Himalayan rabbit. By 1961, the Himalayan was recognized by all major cat associations in the United States.
Because Himalayans and Persians are frequently crossed, many cat groups have special criteria for Himalayan-Persian hybrids, allowing them to be presented as Himalayans or Persians depending on their looks. Whatever the name, the Himalayan is a popular breed with a loyal following.
In proportion, the midsection is Cobby, firm, and well-rounded. Size ranges from medium to huge. Short and level back. The chest should be deep; similarly huge across the shoulders and rump, with a short, well-rounded abdomen and ribs; and boning that is hefty, sturdy, and proportionate. Musculature that is firm and well-developed, yet not too fat.
With a large breadth, it is round, broad, and smooth domed. Size and proportion to body should be medium to large. Jaws that are both broad and powerful, with ideal tooth occlusion. Cheeks should be full and noticeable in the conclusion. Overall, a pleasant expression. Chin that is powerful, full, and well-developed, and that fits with the face. With open nostrils, the nose is almost as long as it is wide. The muzzle should be short, wide, and full. In profile, the nose is short and snub, with a distinct break squarely between the eyes. Straight line through the forehead, nose, and chin. Short, robust, and well-muscled neck.
Small and round-tipped, with a rather open base. Set far apart to match the contours of the head.
Large, spherical, and stuffed. Set level and widely apart, giving the face a lovely expression, eye color is as important as size and shape. Although deep blue is desirable, mild to medium blue is okay.
LEGS & PAWS
Legs: big bones, well-developed musculature, and solid musculature. In front, the forelegs should be short and straight from the breadth of the chest, giving the dog a sturdy image rather than a bull dog appearance. Legs should be straight when viewed from behind. Large, spherical feet.
Short and to the point. In relation to the length of the body.
Long throughout the body. Full of vitality. The undercoat is dense, giving the coat great volume. Ruff should be massive. Seasonal differences in coat should be easily discernible.
All of the colors and patterns are pointed. Clear color is desired, but minor shading is OK. Make allowance for darker coloured regions on older cats’ coats. The body and point colors must be clearly differentiated. The cat’s basic color must be seen in the points, which include the ears, legs, feet, tail, and mask.
While the qualities listed below are common for this breed, cats are individuals with unique personalities and appearances. For more information about a specific pet, please contact the adoption group.
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