Type: Mixed (Cross breed)
Size: Medium to Large
Coat Length: Long hair
Body Type: Cobby
Appearance: The Himalayan is a medium to large-sized cat with a round body. Males weigh from 4 to 6.3kg and females between 3 to 5kg. They have a rather long and dense coat. The basic colour of the coat is determined by the colour of the main points – ears, legs, tail, feet, face mask. Colour points include blue, lilac, seal, chocolate, red and cream. Himalayan cats have large round eyes, usually in vivid blue and the ears are rather small and with rounded tips.
Grooming Requirement: Very often, daily
Activity Level: Low
Time Alone: 4 to 8 hours
Attention: Needs a lot of attention
Temperament: The Himalayan is a smart and kind cat breed. They’re not that active and will be happy to sit in your lap all day. However they don’t have a huge problem with staying home alone for a few hours. They’ll just lay quietly on a chair or sofa and wait for you to come back home to give them some well-deserved attention.
Interesting Facts: In many European countries the name “Himalayan” is not used because the breed is not recognised as separate from the Persian.
Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Himalayan cats are a great choice as a family pet. They won’t mind arriving to a home where a dog already lives, as long as it’s cat-friendly or at least not aggressive. If you have toddlers in the house though you should be more careful, always keep an eye on the cat and children when they’re together, and teach your children how to approach animals respectfully as soon as they’re old enough to understand.
Common Health Problems: Some of the most common health issues with the Himalayans are breathing difficulties, dental problems, eye conditions, heat sensitivity, feline hyperaesthesia, polycystic kidney disease, predisposition to ringworm and seborrhea oleosa.
Lifespan: Average 9 to 15 years.