The Himalayan cat is one the few feline breeds
which has a very well-described ancestry.
The Himalayan has the stocky body type, long hair, and placid temperament
of the Persian, but has the pointed pattern of the Siamese.
The Himalayan cat is said to have a gentle disposition like other
Persian cats, but may clown around more to get attention and affection
from their human companions. Himalayans may also be more active
than most Persians due to the Siamese element in their background.
They may destroy household objects if left alone too much due to
boredom. Himalayans are said to like to be involved in their humans'
daily lives and chores.
Coming from a Persian and a Siamese it is rather interesting that
the standards dictate a rather round, short and stubby sort of appearance.
The head of a Himalayan cat should be round and be rather large
when compared to the body. Instead of a longer neck it needs to
be short and stout. As fitting for a head and neck configuration
such as this the eyes need to be large and round while being set
Continuing the consistency of the standard; the body should resemble
the head characteristics. A solid body of medium to large size and
a broad rear end should comprise the main body. The legs need to
be short to the point of being stubby. Rounded feet finish off the
Himalayan cat body.
The fur on a Himalayan cat needs to be either long and silky or
short and dense. The color of the fur on the main body should be
varying shades of white. Color-points should be restricted to the
face mask, legs, tail, feet and genitals. To say that the color-points
are varied is an understatement although most fall into a description
of the Lynx color category. The lynx colors accepted include: seal,
blue, red, cream, tortie, blue-cream, chocolate, lilac, chocolate-tortie
and lilac-cream. Main grouping colors that are accepted include
blue, chocolate, cream, red-tortie and seal-lilac.