Himalayan | Cat Breed Guide

Himalayan | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Himalayan has the exotic look of the Siamese but his long fur and rounded body are more closely related to the Persian. He is a loyal and playful family companion.

Weight: 7-14 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Temperament: smart, loyal, playful

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History and Personality 

The Himalayan first appeared in 1930, when geneticist Dr. Clyde Keeler of Harvard Medical School and Virginia Cobb of the Newton Cattery in Massachusetts produced a cat with a Persian body and Siamese markings. The name Himalayan was chosen because the cat’s coloring resembled the coloring of rabbits and goats living in the Himalayan Mountains.

Nicknamed the “Himmie,” the Himalayan is known for his striking blue eyes and luxurious coat. He has the round body and short legs of a Persian, and the markings – or “points” – of a Siamese.

The Himalayan is a smart, playful and loyal cat, who loves to be around people. He is good with children, but he will become attached to one family member. He gets along well with other cats and with dogs. 

The Himmie loves to play and is easy to train. He may enjoy a good game of fetch or may just play with a ball of paper all by himself. He is a chatty cat, and may have conversations with you, but his voice is quieter than the Siamese.

Famous Himalayans include Colonel Meow, the Internet celebrity cat who at one time held the world record for the longest fur on a cat, Mr. Jinx in the “Meet the Parents” trilogy, and Bartok, Martha Stewart’s Himalayan who passed away in 2016 at the age of 19.


The Himalayan has a double coat that is either white or cream-colored with black, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, tabby or tortoise-shell points. The coat needs daily brushing to prevent painful mats, and monthly bathing keeps the coat healthy. Regular nail clipping and teeth brushing are also important.

Health Concerns 

  • Respiratory problems 
  • Polycystic kidney disease

The Himalayan is prone to problems common to Persian cats, such as sinus and breathing problems caused by the breed’s flattened face. He can be sensitive to heat, so he needs to be protected from hot weather. Himalayans are also prone to polycystic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure. Pet health insurance is a great way to protect your furry friend.