- The Himalayn resulted from crossing Siamese and Persians.
- The result is a cat with a long, thick coat of the Persian and
the coloring of the Siamese.
- The color points of the Himalayan are not as intense as in the
- The Himalayan combines the personality of both ancestors -- not
as relaxed as the Persian and not as active as the Siamese, but a
nice outgoing, yet relaxed cat.
- Himalayans can be rather large, weighing up to 15 pounds.
- Their body is large to medium sized, set low on the legs.
- They have round, large heads with small ears.
- Himalayans have large, round eyes of brillant blue.
- Their legs are short and thick ending in large, tufted paws.
- The coat is long, thick, and silky and should not be wooly.
- The color should be concentrated in the "points" with minimal
shading on the body.
- The points are the tail, paws, ears, and face.
- The colors on the points can be blue, chocolate, cream, lilac,
red, seal, blue-cream, chocolate tortie, lilac-cream, or seal
The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Bruce Fogel, DVM,
DK Publishing, Inc., New York, 1997, pp. 108-109.