Some interesting trivia about the Himalayans is their several movie appearances since 1993. Himalayan cats have appeared in the movies Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. Being in the spotlight boosted the popularity of Himalayan cats making them one of the most adored cat pedigrees.
Himalayans was created through the crossbreeding of Siamese and Persians. They are also known as the Color Point Persian in Europe. This breed inherited much of the markings of the Siamese and the coat length and temperaments of a Persian.
The most recognized coat colors of the Himalayan are blue, brown, lilac, chocolate, flame, red and cream. The color patterns can be light and dark striped. They are heavy-boned with a round head, short nose, round large eyes and small ears. The Himalayan’s most unique characteristic is their eye color, which is brilliant or deep blue.
Himalayan cats not only have an attractive appearance, but also a charming personality. These cats are thoughtful, smart and good companions. Most likely because of the Siamese influence, they tend to be more lively than Persian. They are trainable, interactive and can communicate with their harmonious meow.
The Himalayans require daily grooming. Giving them a bath every other day or weekly is recommended for this type of breed. Most owners of the Himalayans start bathing their cats since they were still kittens in order to accustom them to this routine.
Himalayan cats reach maturity very early. They are sexually precocious at a very young age, a trait they inherit from the Siamese. It is not unusual to see an eight month old Himalayan caring for her kittens. Early neutering is highly recommended for this breed.