In 1924, a Swedish geneticist crossed a Siamese and a Persian cat, but it wasn’t until 1935 when the first pointed pattern, longhair version was born.
In the early 1930s, two Harvard medical employees crossed a female Siamese with a black Persian male in attempts to establish how specific characteristics were inherited. This cross produced a litter of black, shorthair kittens because the the colorpoint pattern is a recessive gene and in order to create offspring with this trait, both parents must have the gene.
A female from the second litter was crossed with a male from the first litter, which produced Debutante- a cat possessing the Siamese body and color with the Persian long hair. At this point, the Harvard employees ended their experiment since they figured out what they wanted to know.
In 1950, Marguerita Goforth, and American cat breeder, succeeded in creating the cat that both British and American cat fanciers have been trying to create- a Persian-like colorpoint cat. In 1957, the CFA and ACFA recognized the Himalayan cat breed, which was named after the color pattern found on animals such as the Himalayan rabbit.
You may see a similar looking cat named the Colorpoint Persian, which is how the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy- a British cat association- refers to the breed.
Appearance: The Himalayan cat is a heavily boned, medium- to large-sized cat. The head is round with a short, broad nose. The ears are small, round-tipped and tilt forward; the eyes are large, round, and generally a vivid blue color.
Like the Persian, Himilayans tend to have short legs, making it harder for them to jump as high as other cat breeds.
- Traditional Himilayan: This type of Himmy has a round and massive head. The nose is snubbed but is lower on the face and has a slight break.
- Extreme Himilayan: This type of Himmy has a round and extremely flattened face. The nose is generally as high as the eyes.
The coat of a Himalayan cat is long and thick. The body is usually a white or beige color, but the point color can vary greatly.
Himalayan points can include chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, flame, cream, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, chocolate-tortoiseshell, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, flame lynx, cream lynx, tortoiseshell lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate-tortoiseshell lynx, lilac-cream lynx.
Male Himmies weigh about 9 to 14 pounds, and female Himmies weigh and average 7 to 11 pounds.
Temperament: Himalayans are gentle, calm, and sweet. They can be quite playful and love to play fetch.
The breed can be very devoted and dependent on their human. They crave affection and attention. Many love to be groomed and brushed, which is great since the breed needs regular grooming.
Himmies are more vocal than the Persian but less vocal than the Siamese.
Health: Due to their Persian background, the Polycystic kidney disease can be found in some Himilayan cats; a genetic test could reveal whether or not your cat carries the gene.
Skin problems such as ringworm and seborrhea olesa (hair loss, itchiness, and red skin) can also be common in Himalayans.
Extreme Himilayans have breathing difficulties, eye tearing, and dental malocclusion (which can cause eating problems, plaque buildup, gingivitis, and tooth decay).