region United States
cut medium to large
hair Long with abundant undercoat
dress Colourpoint in all colors
head Round and massive with a snub nose
eyes round, large
ear Small and round, well spaced
tail Small and well stocked
federation ACFA, TICA, WCF
The Himalayan, also called colorpoint or colorpoint (US) is a breed of cat originating in the United States. This long-haired cat is characterized by its colourpoint coat and a physique identical to the Persian. In some European countries, this breed does not exist and is considered a dress of the Persian. Health This breed is also particularly affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disease affecting the kidneys. A DNA screening test exists in order to avoid any reproduction of a cat affected by this disease. Because of his upturned nose, his eyes and nose are particularly fragile, which are best cleaned regularly. The long coat also poses problems with hair ingestion and knots which can be painful. This breed therefore requires special attention. The Himalayan in art A Himalayan plays the role of Sassy in the film The Incredible Journey (1993) and its sequel The Incredible Journey 2: To San Francisco (1996). He is also a Himalayan as Mr. Jinx in the films My Stepfather and Me (2000) and its sequel My Stepfather, My Parents and Me (2004).
The Himalayan is a colourpoint Persian. These Persians are in turn called Himalayans, colorpoint or “Malaysian Persian”. Apart from his dress, he is in every way similar to the Persian. The name refers to a breed of domestic rabbit that features an identical coat. Colorpoint Persians are the fruit of research on the Siamese gene. This research was carried out in the United States and Sweden between 1924 and 1930. From this research was born “Debutante”, the first cat with long hair and Siamese dress. Subsequently, other programs were conducted in France and it was in 1935 that “Khmer” type cats appeared. But this new race was abandoned in 1955 because too oriental typed. The true colorpoint Persian was created by breeding programs started in 1947 in Great Britain and the United States: it was a cross between a Siamese with semi-long hair and black and blue Persians. It was finally in 1955 that the breed was recognized in England and in 1957 in the United States. It wasn't until 1958 that the colourpoint won first prize for best long-haired cat. The first colors obtained were seal point (black or very dark brown marks), chocolate point, blue point and lilac point, then other colors quickly followed such as cream, tortoiseshell, red or tabby. Shaded and smoke varieties also exist. Colorpoint Persians always have blue eyes: this physical characteristic is associated with the gene that gives the colorpoint type coat to the cat. First listed as a breed by the Cat Fancier Association (CFA), the Himalayan was included in the Persian breed as an additional division in the 1980s. It is still considered a breed by some federations such as the ACFA , TICA and WCF. The Himalayan is very successful on the North American continent but remains more discreet in Europe.
It is generally said that Himalayans are calm and gentle cats, ideal for apartment living. The Siamese blood heritage, however, would make it a slightly more active breed than its Persian cousin. However, these character traits remain perfectly individual and are functions of the individual's history.