Jean Mill of California had taken several graduate classes in genetics at UC Davis , and by was one of three breeders working to develop the Himalayan cat.
Separate US-based breeding efforts had begun around ,  and a breeder known to sources simply as Mrs. Like Persians more generally, the Himalayan tends to have a round cobby body with short legs, which makes it harder for them to jump as high as other cats do. Since the s, however, some have more of a Siamese-like body,  and thus do not have this limitation, but may not be acceptable as show cats , depending on the specific breed standards of the organisation in question.
As with other Persians, there are two types of Himalayans, the traditional or doll-face , and the peke-faced or ultra-typed which has the more extreme squashed-looking facial features. The seal-point Himalayan in the photo to the left is doll-faced while the red flame -point in the title image is peke-faced. Show Himalayans display a nose break as do peke-faced Persians, and have very large, round eyes with the nose leather directly between the eyes. Breeder or pet Himalayans generally have longer noses than the show cats, and may display a longer muzzle and smaller eyes than the show cats do.
All three types of cat are Himalayans, however. The bulk of the fur on the body of a Himalayan is white or cream, but the points come in many different colors: Seal or Black , Blue, Lilac, Chocolate, Red Flame , and Cream.
The points can also be Tabby, Lynx, or Tortoiseshell-patterned. Due to their Persian ancestry, some Himalayans may have the gene that causes Polycystic kidney disease , PKD ; however, a genetic test can reveal which cats carry the PKD gene, so that they may be spayed or neutered. Like many long-haired cats, Himalayans need to be brushed daily to keep their coats looking their best and healthiest. In addition, they may need their face wiped daily, depending on the cat. Bathing a Himalayan is also recommended by some breeders, to help reduce the amount of oil on the cat's fur and skin.
These cats are sweet-tempered, intelligent, and generally very social and good companions, but they can be very moody at times. Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats, they tend to be more active than Persians. Himalayans are good indoor companion cats. By and large, they are gentle, calm, sweet-tempered but, moody at times, and they possess a playful side as well. Like the Siamese, most Himalayans love to play fetch, and a scrap of crumpled paper or a kitty toy will entertain them for hours.
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Himalayans are devoted and dependent upon their humans for companionship and protection. They crave affection and love to be petted and groomed. Male Himalayan cat with brown coloring note the points inherited from siamese and relatively long hair inherited from Persian parent. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Breed of cat. Recognized only as a variant of Persian by some organizations, not as a separate breed. Tortie -point. A natural history of domesticated mammals 1st University of Texas Press ed. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Pet Finder. This tertiary source reuses information from other sources but does not name them. Mammalian Genome.
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