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Himalayan cat - Persian and Siamese in one bottle


The cost of Himalayan kittens varies depending on their color, features of the exterior, gender, age, as well as on the level of the nursery, its distance from the capital and some other factors.

Himalayan kittens are roughly on par with Persian cats - from 4000 rubles. For such a price you can buy a kitten from the hands without a pedigree. Himalayan kittens with official metrics are more expensive. The price of pet class kittens (pet, not for shows and breeding) ranges from 5-10 thousand rubles. Kittens of breeding class (for breeding) cost from 15 to 25 thousandrublesand ask for a show-class kitten (show animal) from 25 to 50 thousand rubles, and sometimes more.

Himalayan cat of traditional type

What documents should a Himalayan cat breeder provide and what should I look for when buying a kitten?

If the Himalayan kitten is purchased from the hands and does not have a metric, it is recommended to look at least at his parents. If the metric is attached, then it is necessary to verify the authenticity of the seals and the reliability of the institution that executed the document. In most cases, such Himalayans have a veterinary passport, which they receive when they first get vaccinated in a veterinary clinic. Count on professional advice when buying a Himalayan kitten with your hands is not worth it. The bulk of these breeders know about the breed no more than buyers.

Nurseries provide a full package of documents, information about pets and provide assistance with maintenance (they help to solve organizational issues, advise on various issues, etc.). Many nurseries deliver to Russia.

When buying a thoroughbred kitten, do not forget to conclude a contract of sale, and when transferring money for a kitten, take a receipt from the breeder that he received the money in his hands. In addition to legal documents, it would be nice to ask the breeder for a certificate of the health status of the acquired kitten, since there is a whole "bunch" of hereditary diseases in the breed. All these documents will come in handy if you encounter any problems in the future.

Himalayan cat of extreme type

Why are the kittens in the photographs white and not “Siamese” in color?

Himalayan kittens, like Siamese, are born very light, almost white, with pink pads and pads. Coloring of the ears manifests itself in the first months of life. The “mask” on the face appears gradually - from the nose and further. Only by one and a half years the color of the Himalayan cat is fully formed.

What diseases do Himalayan cats most commonly affect?

Himalayan cats have relatively good health and strong immunity. Due to the structure of the muzzle, representatives of the breed are characterized by increased lacrimation and breathing problems. They are also prone to obesity, so you should adhere to the diet and not overfeed the pet.

Himalayans, because of their long hair, are sensitive to heat - they quickly overheat. Therefore, in the summer, they must either be completely shaved (for non-exhibition animals) or kept in a room with air conditioning.

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The history of the origin of the Himalayan cat

Over the course of the 20th century, attempts to breed a long-haired cat with a color-point color have been made repeatedly by breeders from the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Sweden. So, in the 1930s, it was possible to cross a black Persian male with a female of the Siamese breed, but as a result, short-haired kittens were born that inherited the color of the father. It was only in the 1950s that the experiments of the Canadian B. Boret, and in parallel with him, the American M. Gofort, made it possible to select a breed with the physique and hair of a Persian cat and Siamese color.

In 1957, the Himalayan cat was recognized by the International Cat Fanciers ’Association (CFA). The breed got its name in honor of the Himalayan rabbit, which has a similar color.

However, in 1984, due to the similarity of the exteriors, the Himalayan breed was merged with the Persian, having received the status of a “sub-breed” or “division” (color group). The same opinion is shared by TICA (The International Cat Association), considering Himalayan cats in the same group with Persian and exotic shorthair.

Other felinological associations (NCFA, AACE, ACFA, CCA, CFF, UFO) classify Himalayans as a separate species with their own breed standard.

Breed description

Himalayan cat is a large, long-haired breed with short, muscular legs. A special charm is given to her by the big round eyes of an inexpressibly beautiful blue color, sharply contrasting with a dark “mask” on a wide muzzle.

  • Body: stocky, equally developed in the shoulders and sacrum, flat back. Legs are short with well-developed muscles, straight. The male weighs about 4 - 6 kg, females 3 - 4.5 kg. A very short neck smoothly flowing into the body.
  • Head: wide skull, powerful jaws, correct bite. The shape of the head is round, smooth. The cheeks are full. The profile is short. The forehead, nose and chin are in line.
  • Ears: small with rounded tips, set at a considerable distance from each other.
  • Eyes: round and large, widely planted, bright blue.
  • Tail: proportional to body length, covered with long hair.
  • Wool: long, thick, shiny. The frill on the neck goes into a train between the legs. A large number of colors.

Reference! The characteristic color appears only in the second or third year of the cat's life.

The most common include:

  • force point - It is creamy, sometimes reaching light brown, the color of the body and neck with dark brown marks on the protruding parts of the body.
  • flame point or red point - protruding parts fiery red

More rare colors:

    tortie point (tortoiseshell) - walrus color marks are interspersed with cream and red spots.

Important! Usually only females are tortoiseshell, a seal of this color is a rarity and cannot have offspring.

More valued than others:

  • laylak point or frost point - the color of the marks is bluish-pink (lilac).
  • tabby point or link point (marble or tiger) - the hair on the body of such cats is very light, and marks with clearly visible stripes of any color (walrus, gray-blue, milk-chocolate). On the forehead, the mask has an M-shaped pattern, plain ears with a bright spot on the outside.

Himalayans are distinguished by relatively strong immunity. Among the diseases characteristic of the breed are polycystic kidney disease. Also, due to the “flattened” muzzle of pets, increased tearing may disturb.

Life expectancy is an average of 12-14 years, but centenarians are also found. The health and longevity of blue-eyed furry depends on the conditions of detention, care, and proper feeding.

Himalayan cat pictures

Photos of beautiful representatives of the Himalayan breed. In the second photo, a Himalayan cat with a pointed muzzle.

Himalayan character

Being a cross between Persian and Siamese cats, the Himalayan and in its character combined the features of “ancestors”, inheriting curiosity from the Siamese, and good temper and laziness from the Persians.

The Himalayas are excellent companions for both adults and children. Their affection and love of love is manifested in a special affection for the owner. Such cats may treat strangers with caution, but not with aggression, but after closer acquaintance - they will also give them their attention.

From the Siamese breed, a love of games was transmitted. The Himalayan loves toys and paper balls.

An interesting feature of the Himalayan cat is that they meow little, therefore they will not annoy with loud demands. An important advantage is that the animals easily get along with other pets.

Possible problems

A Himalayan cat has long thick coat, therefore it is directly contraindicated for people with a tendency to allergies. The joke “In the house where the cat lives, everything is a cat” is more relevant than ever in the case of Himalayans. Therefore, the "clean" animal is also unlikely to like it.

Such a pet is not suitable for those who want active games with a cat or often move from place to place, on business trips and travels.

Particularly careful care is required for the luxurious coat of the Himalayans. It consists in daily combing of the pet, preferably in 3 steps: first with a comb with rare teeth to remove large tangles, then with a more frequent comb and, finally, a special brush to remove dead hairs. The most problematic places are the neck, paws and the area under the tail, where the wool rolls fastest.

The issue of water procedures is much controversial. Some argue that the coat of the Himalayan cat needs to be washed with shampoo almost weekly, while others consider bathing once every six months to be sufficient. It is wise to look at the pet and bathe it as necessary, taking into account the lifestyle and conditions of detention.

With excessive and unbalanced nutrition, Himalayans are prone to gaining excess weight. Dry and wet foods are recommended to be selected from the premium and super-premium segments, designed for cats with long hair: they contribute to better digestion and removal of wool lumps from the stomach. In addition, it is desirable to use malt paste for the removal of trichobesoars.

From natural products, non-fat protein foods (chicken, beef, turkey) and necessarily complex carbohydrates (various types of cereals, sprouted wheat) are welcome.

Care for your ears, eyes and other parts of the body

The breed is characterized by increased tearfulness, so hygiene procedures should include daily washing with a damp cotton pad. The direction of movement is from the eye to the nose, otherwise inflammation cannot be avoided.

Caring for the pet’s ears, remove excess sulfur with a cotton swab. Perhaps the use of special ear drops.

It is necessary to cut the claws 1-2 times a month, but the procedure can be performed less frequently if the cat is accustomed to the claw point.

Pet walking, conditions in the apartment

Himalayan cat - in the full sense of the word “domestic” animal. Ideal for apartments or private homes. However, too small and cramped rooms will put pressure on the psyche of the pet, can cause neurosis and even aggression. For a good mood and well-being, a cat needs space and the opportunity to explore all corners of the home.

Due to the peculiarities of the structure of the nose, problems with the thermoregulation of the animal are possible, therefore it is necessary to maintain the optimum temperature of the house (20-22 ° C) and obscure the room on a hot, sunny day.

If the owner is determined to walk the fluffy beauty on the street, he should be ready for more frequent bathing, the use of anthelmintic drugs and mandatory vaccinations.

Breed card

Cat characteristicsNotes
General informationThe cat looks like a Persian breedNot everyone recognizes Himalayan cats as a separate breed
CharacterCalm, balanced and friendly.Playful enough, but not hyperactive
AppearanceThe physique and length of the coat came from the Persians, and the point color from the SiameseThick, light coat with dark poitas on the muzzle, ears, tail and legs

Final color is formed by 2 years. House behaviorPeriods of calm and sleep alternate with playfulness. He loves the house and does not seek walks outside the apartmentGreat pet CareDaily combing is necessary.Not suitable for people who are not ready to measure with a lot of wool in the apartment or are allergic Health problemsBlockage of the lacrimal ducts due to a flat muzzle

Polycystic kidney diseasePersons with a pointed muzzle are less likely to experience such a problem.

How to choose a Himalayan cat kitten

The choice of a kitten of the breed Himalayan cat is complicated by the fact that the point color is finally formed only by 2-3 years of the animal's life. Up to 3 months of age in a white fluffy glomerulus it is difficult to discern even a hint of a mask and a “scorched” effect on the tail and legs. In order not to get into trouble, you should pay attention to the parents of the future pet and carefully study the documents confirming the pedigree.

When buying a kitten also take into account:

  • the physical shape and appearance of the cat,
  • conditions of keeping animals in the nursery,
  • age of pets.

The price of a question depends on many factors: color, gender, reputation of the nursery, “titularity” of parents. A kitten that can perform at exhibitions cannot cost less than 10,000 rubles.

The purchase ends with the issuance of documents by the seller. Package includes:

  • contract of sale,
  • kitten card (exchanged for pedigree),
  • a veterinary passport, which shows the vaccines administered and the dates of deworming.

Breed breeding

For successful pedigree work with a Himalayan cat, high quality cats-producers and cats are needed. Not only external, exhibition indicators of the animal are very important, but also a strong pedigree. This means that quality is traced in several generations and the necessary traits are well fixed in the genotype. It is from such animals that good kittens will naturally be born. Often the recessive gene is responsible for the desired color, so inbreeding is widespread in the breeding of Himalayans, i.e. knitting inside one related line.

Cats can be knitted after they have reached puberty (approximately 8–9 months). The number of kittens in the litter is from 3 to 6.

The greatest variety of colors in litters is brought by the bandage of Himalayan cats with tortie colors (tortie point) and blue Crime Point. So, kittens can be born from a female tortie point and a male force point: a force point, a blue point, a flame point (cats), a Crime Point (cats), a tort point (cats) and a Blue Crime Point (cats).

Today, the number of nurseries involved in breeding a Himalayan cat is growing. Here are examples of some of them found as a result of simple surfing the net:

Interesting facts about the breed

  • The gene is responsible for the point (Siamese, Himalayan) color, recessive with respect to the dominant non-Siamese gene. This means that both parents must pass the gene so that the kitten has an external manifestation of it.
  • The blue color of the eyes of the Himalayans is due to the low level of melanin in the cells of the iris.
  • Persian - the only cats in the world that have a flattened skull, like that of Pug-bulldogs. This feature was conveyed to the Himalayan and exotic shorthair Persians. However, there is a variety of Himalayans with a more traditional - pointed muzzle.

The Himalayan cat is ideal for those who are looking for a faithful friend, comfortably curled up on the lap of the owner. The lucky owners of these cats will not have to worry about the fact that the pet will not get along well with other animals, meow loudly and annoy in every possible way. The only caveat is the efforts to care for the luxurious Himalayan wool.