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The Himalayan Cat
by Dika Golovatchoff
The Himalayan cat is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese cat, and is sometimes known as a Himalayan Persian, or in Great Britain, a colourpoint. The combination of the placid nature of a Persian, with the inquisitive active nature of the Siamese results in an outgoing but relaxed disposition.
The Himalayan inherits the luxurious long coat of the Persian, and the pushed in nose, albeit tempered by the Siamese long nose, as well as the "pointing" from the Siamese. An I-gene present in Siamese cats causes lack of pigmentation in the body, with coloration in the extremities, or points, namely the ears, feet, tail, and nose.
Himalayan cats, like Siamese, are sexually precocious at a very early age, with kittens sometimes being born before the mother cat is nine months old. Thus, it's best to have them neutered early.
Like all long-haired cats Himalayans require regular brushing. They generally prefer a warm climate, an will crave warmth. If trained early they will enjoy a warm bath in the sink or tub.
The temperament of a Himalayan may be quite affectionate or slightly reserved. Having had two, I can strongly recommend the breed. The photograph shown above is my Himalayan cat Jasmine, at about ten years.
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