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Description of Himalayan Cat

´╗┐The Breed History

In the 1920s in Europe and in the 1930s in Britain, Siamese and Persian cats were crossed to obtain coloring of the points (called Himalayan pointing). As Colorpoint Longhair, first registry was in the GCCF in 1957. This cat was then further developed in the US and Canada and by the late 1950s they were accepted by the ACFA, and as part of the Persian standard by CFA in 1984. Note that the CFA and many other registries consider these cats part of the Persian breed, to be shown in different color classes called the Himalayan Division. The name Himalayan is derived from their similarity to rabbits by that name, with a similar pointed pattern. These cats resulted from crosses of two Persian/Siamese crossbreds to give the desired Himalayan (colorpoint) type in the offspring. Overall, genetically this breed has more Persian than Siamese; outcross to Persians is allowed.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: 8-15 lb (3.5-7 kg)

Coat: This coat is the same as a Persian coat, just with Siamese ts-colored points. All colors of pointing are accepted. Note that the transition between point and body color is less distinct in the Himalayan because of the longer hairs, so the transition zone is softened. Also, the points take longer to evolve than in a shorthair and dilute points take a very long time to mature in appearance. The ruff is very full and extends between legs; coat standard is as for Persian in length, texture, density. Possess a thick and silky haircoat, very plush without being wooly.

Eyes: Blue, though a softer blue than Siamese sapphire. More intense color is preferred. In CFA, any other color is a disqualification. Eyes large, round and wide set.

Points of Conformation: Structurally, they are very close in type to Persian. With a round large head,the nose is very short and upturned so as to view the leather straight on, stop up between the eyes, and solid body conformation. The small ears are round tipped. Tail is short and bushy, and legs short. Paws are round, large, with tufts of long fur between the toes.

Grooming: Has high grooming needs. The Himalayan needs a daily brush, or even twice daily especially during shedding season. Tears need to be cleansed from the medial canthus regularly to prevent dermatitis and tear staining.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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