cats, the himalayans combine the luxurious sophistication of the
Persian family with the poise, good looks and markings of the Siamese.
Like the Siamese the himalayan invariably has bright, sapphire-blue
eyes and a face mask, ears, legs, feet and tail (the 'points') that
are a different color than the rest of the body.
programs in Sweden and the US during the 1920's produced the first
Himalayans, but it was not until the late 1940's after a succession
of carefully planned crossbreedings bewtween Persians and Siamese,
that the modern cat finally emerged.
Himalayans are a
subdivision of the Persian breed, whereas a few decades ago, in
the CFA, they were presented as a separate breed.
To their owners,
Himalayans combine the best of the two worlds: they have the gentle
nature of the Persian, and the spirited, conversational nature of
the Siamese. They are wonderful companions!
in MANY color varieties, such as sealpoint, bluepoint, chocolate
point, creampoint, flamepoint to name a few. Crossing in tabby has
also produced lynx-points in as many colors.
breed standard describes the Himalayan persian as follows:
Body: clear color is preferred
with subtle shading allowed. Allowance should be made for darker
color in older cats but there must be a definite contrast between
body color and point color. The points, consisting of ears, legs,
feet, tail, and mask show the basic color of the cat. The ideal
mask extends from above the eyes down through the chin and stretches
beyond the eyes from side to side.
SEAL POINT: body even pale fawn
to cream, warm in tone, shading gradually into lighter color on
the stomach and chest. Points deep seal brown. Nose leather and
paw pads: seal brown. Eye color: deep vivid blue.